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Let's Talk DeafBlind Eligibility - FAQs and Their Answers is a new document to help you in determining if a student should be placed on the DeafBlind Child Count. You may download this document in either a Word or PDF file as well.

Letter from OSERS

The Office of Special Educations and Rehabilitation Services at the Department of Education have provided the following guidance document which you may download in a PDF File.


Registration of Students in Texas with Visual Impairment & the Texas Deafblind Child Count

Description: Updated information for completing the 2018 Registration of Students in Texas with Visual Impairment & the Texas Deafblind Child Count. Registration of students who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind ensures students have access to leaning materials for their age and leaning skill. Teachers and school districts benefit by having access to APH Quota funds.

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Deafblind Child Count FAQ 2016

Original webcast date: 11/01/2016
Description: Brent Pitt, Director Sensory Impairments with TEA answers Frequently Asked Questions about the Deafblind Child Count.

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IMPORTANT DATES

The data needed should reflect the number of students with a visual impairment who were in a Texas school district as of January 2, 2018, or the first day the district resumed following the winter holiday. Deadline to complete registration is January 31, 2018.

SUPERINTENDENT SIGNATURES

  • The Superintendent's signatures will be collected electronically. 
  • At the end of the registration period, they will be notified by email that their page is open and given a password to access their district data.
  • Once notified, they will have a five-day window to go to the Superintendent's Page to click the box certifying their district's information. No paperwork will need to be submitted.

About the Deafblind Child Count

The Texas Education Agency (TEA), Division of Special Education, is required to report annually on individuals, 0-21 years of age, who are deafblind in Texas. This report requires a different type of information than the Child Count data mandated under IDEA. Through the DeafBlind Child Count, the Texas Education Agency must annually report:

  • the number of children who meet the criteria for being reported on the DeafBlind Child Count served by age, severity, sex, and nature of deafblindness; and
  • the types of services provided and the setting in which the services are provided.

The DeafBlind Child Count provides information that is used for regional and statewide planning to develop funding and appropriate services for infants, children, and youth who are deafblind. This child count report is more inclusive and extensive than the Child Count report done at the end of October that is required under the IDEA. It is important to point out that the federal definition of deafblindness is a functional definition which goes beyond medical and clinical determination of severity of two major sensory deficits and focuses on evidence of need for modification of special education practice.

New or Noteworthy in 2018

  • The VI and Section 504 Registrations have a pale yellow background, while the Texas DeafBlind Child Count has a pale blue background. 
  • The Superintendent login is found on the Texas DeafBlind Child Count login page.
  • New search features will help you to find students even if there is a number or letter transposed.
  • New this year is a link in the top left of each application so that you can easily switch between the Annual VI Registration and the Texas DeafBlind Child Count. All students on the Texas DeafBlind Child Count are also entered in the Registration of Students with Visual Impairment, so you will be reminded to enter your students in both counts.   
  • Statewide assessments are listed for you. If your student took the STAAR alt 2, you will be asked to indicate whether it was scored or NAAR (no authentic academic response)
  • At the end, instead of a contact person, the registration asks for the Teacher of Students with Visual Impairment assigned to this student. If the student is DeafBlind, you will also note the Teacher of Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. 
  • Not a change, but please remember that parent addresses change often. Please double check that you are providing a current address.

Consent for Release of Confidential Information

Each student who is registered as a student in Texas with a visual impairment, a student with deafblindness or a student with a visual impairment under Section 504 must have consent for sharing that information with other agencies. The consent form allows us to share their information for funding and resources available from the student with deafblindness from American Printing House for the Blind, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), Blind Children's Program; HHSC Early Intervention program; Texas Workforce Commission; regional Education Service Centers; and other agencies. It is important that the CONSENT FOR RELEASE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION!-- (Spanish Version and Vietnamese Version) --> form is signed annually and maintained in the student folder.