What is the ND Dual Sensory Project?
The North Dakota Dual Sensory Project is a federally funded free resource designed to enhance the provision of services for children and youth, birth through age 21, who are Deaf-Blind. The mission of the Project is to help state educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), Part C lead agencies, early intervention service providers, teachers, service providers, and families address the educational, related services, transitional, and early intervention needs of children who are Deaf-Blind to ensure that these children will graduate from high school ready for competitive employment, postsecondary education, or independent living options. The Project is the sole statewide entity in North Dakota ND that has been funded to build state and local capacity to serve children who are Deaf-Blind and their families.
Who Qualifies for Services?
- Individuals who have a mild-profound hearing loss and low-vision-legal blindness that require adaptations or modifications
- Individuals who have a diagnosed syndrome or pathology which impacts hearing and vision
- Individuals with multiple disabilities who demonstrate inconsistent responses to hearing and vision evaluations or in their natural environments such as Cortical Vision Impairment or Central Auditory Processing disorders
Who Benefits from Services?
- Individuals who have both documented hearing and vision loss
- Parents and family members
- Educational personnel
- Personnel from state and community agencies
- Daycare providers