At DB Central we maintain the belief that individuals who are DeafBlind share equally in the respect, opportunity, and life enjoyment afforded to all individuals. We are committed to advancing the recognition of the unique needs presented by DeafBlindness. This is accomplished by promoting individualized, systematic instruction and family-centered planning processes.
We serve children and young adults age birth through twenty-one who are suspected of having both a hearing AND a vision loss or difficulty in processing auditory and visual information. Young adults ages twenty-two to twenty-six who are DeafBlind will receive referral services to adult service agencies.
Students who are DeafBlind and have additional disabilities are also eligible for our services.
For more information click on the following link: Who should be registered with DB Central?
COST and AVAILABILITY
Our services are FREE for families, school districts, and others who work with children who are Deafblind. Federal funds provide a grant for this service. This program is available year-round.
For more information click on the following link: Requesting Services
Services Geared Toward Families
Services Geared Toward Professionals
Distance Consultation Opportunities
In writing our latest grant proposal we looked at ways to be more efficient and effective in our work with families and professionals. It is sometimes difficult and often costly to provide onsite consultation to individuals and teams across the state in a timely manner. After doing some research and talking with other consultation projects across the country, we decided to invest in some resources to help us provide distance consultation.We are very excited to now offer, for loan from our library, Flip Video cameras and Logitech webcams. Each of these items are very easy to use and come with directions and software (when necessary). Families and professionals can borrow these items to record footage of activities and/or situations in which you would like feedback for ways to support your child/student, or to do live consultation sessions with Beth and/or Jennifer. Webcams can also be used to send live footage of your child/student during a particular activity in which you have questions or concerns.
Guidelines for Receiving Distance Consultation Using Flip Cameras: For detailed instructions.
While doing distance consultation is a new and unique endeavor for our project, we are very optimistic about the possibilities. Please feel free to call or email our office if you have questions or ideas as to how we can expand the use of these new lending library items. For detailed instructions.
The project conducts an annual count of children and young adults who are DeafBlind within the state of Michigan. The census is the main instrument used to track the DeafBlind population and is conducted during the first quarter of each calendar year.
To see a Michigan county map to see where the current number children and young adults counted on the DB Central census: Click to print off 0-21 DB Census by County Map
Anyone can make exploratory contact for a referral and request an informational packet by contacting
DB Central at:
Toll Free: 888.758.0508
|The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the US Department of Education, #H326C080041. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. |
Project Officer, Joseph Clair.