Literacy for Children with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss from NCDB

PROJECT PURPOSE Development of the All Children Can Read site began in 2006 as part of the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) Literacy Practice Partnership. The goal of this site is to provide information and resources for teaching and working with children who have complex learning challenges. Specifically, the site is designed for individual state deaf-blind projects, teachers, family members and related services providers interested in beginning or enhancing literacy instruction for children who have combined vision and hearing loss. Contributors reviewed literacy development literature, as well as literature related to literacy learning for: Children who are blind or visually impaired Children who are deaf or hearing impaired Children with multiple disabilities Children with deaf-blindness PROJECT BACKGROUND For many years, State Deaf Blind Projects have provided technical assistance to schools, teachers and families. Our instructional techniques have helped children with vision and hearing impairments to learn and increase their literacy skills. Many contributors to this site are teachers who want to give back to the field and help more families play a role in educating children with complex learning challenges. We built this website on a framework that incorporates the stages of literacy development and key components of reading into instructional strategies for children with dual sensory challenges. The content is organized around evidence-based strategies identified as being effective in building emergent literacy skills and moving children along a continuum toward independent reading.