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.View the Project Information Brochure in: Spanish
We serve children and young adults age birth through 21 who are suspected of having both a hearing AND a vision loss or difficulty in processing auditory and visual information. Young adults ages 22 to 26 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.
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.
Overview of Services
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.
Distance Mentorship Informationl Flier: Distance Mentorship: A Bridge to better Collaboration
Flip Camera Instructions: Guidelines for Receiving Distance Consultation Using Flip Cameras
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.
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 on link to print off a copy: 2013 Census County Map.pdf
Information and Referral
If you are in need of assistance with resources or support please contact us:
Toll Free: 888.758.0508