Tools to Use When Considering the Wisconsin Deafblind Technical Assistance Project (WDBTAP) Supports and Services
Eligibility Chart for WDBTAP Services: Combinations of Vision and Hearing
This chart determines eligibility for WDBTAP services for students by considering the child's degree of hearing loss and degree of vision loss.
This checklist is to expand awareness of deafblindness and to assist local education agency (LEA) staff, individualized education program (IEP) teams, families, medical providers, birth to 3 providers, or others in determining whether to access free services and support through the Wisconsin Deafblind Technical Assistance Project. WDBTAP is a federally funded project through the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs. WDBTAP has been established to provide technical assistance on behalf of children aged birth through 21 or until high school graduation who are deafblind. To access services through WDBTAP a child must have combined vision and hearing losses.
Expanded Core Curriculum Considerations for Students Who Are Deafblind
Students who are deafblind are expected to achieve the Wisconsin Academic Standards as is the expectation of all students in general and special education. In order to master core subjects, students with sensory disabilities must learn an additional set of skills known as the “expanded core curriculum.” These essential skills must be identified and included in the student's IEP, as needed.
Students with deafblindness have unique learning needs. An expanded core curriculum has not been developed specifically for students with deafblindness. It is recommended that service providers refer to the expanded core curriculum for students who are deaf and hard of hearing as well as the expanded core curriculum for students who are blind and visually impaired. Using these two resources in conjunction will allow service providers to identify student-specific needs and develop an expanded core curriculum that is designed specifically for the individual student with deafblindness.
Statewide Services Provided by the Wisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
This letter provides clarification for IEP teams in regard to interveners for children who are deafblind as an appropriate related service.