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Texas Deafblind Census 2000

By Kate Moss, Family Support Specialist, Texas Deafblind Outreach

The 2000 Texas Deafblind Census has been compiled. Dr. Roseanna Davidson, Director of Deafblind Census Project at Texas Tech University in Lubbock has worked with the Regional Deafblind Specialists in each of the twenty Education Service Centers to collect and verify this data before submitting it to the Federal Census Project. Some of the ESC regions have piloted a process of collecting, verifying, and analyzing the data in an effort to develop a census collection process to make sure we know all of the children with deafblindness in Texas. Based on the Federal Projection of Number of Students with Deafblindness, a number derived by taking a percentage of all students receiving special education service, there should be between 920-1380 school-aged children (birth to twenty-two) who would be eligible as deafblind for educational purposes. The actual number reported on the 2000 Texas census is much lower than that, only 607 below the age of 22. One of our concerns continues to be the children who should be identified as deafblind and receive specialized supports and educational modifications not being identified. Additionally, many of the children on the census have vision and hearing loss that is suspected, but not adequately assessed. With the new Deafblind Specialists at the education service centers, our hope is these children with be found if they are out there. Here are a few basic facts from the 2000 Texas Deafblind Census.

Top Fifteen Etiologies

  1. Prematurity - 100
  2. Microcephaly - 30
  3. CHARGE - 29
  4. Menengitis - 27
  5. Cytomegalovirus - 26
  6. Usher Type 1 - 23
  7. Hydrocephaly - 20
  8. Congenital Rubella Syndrome - 18
  9. Down Syndrome - 13
  10. Usher Type 2 - 12
  11. Head Injury - 12
  12. Asphyxia - 11
  13. Leber's Congenital Amaurosis - 10
  14. Tumors - 7
  15. Cornelia de Lange Syndrome - 6

SYNDROMES/CONDITIONS

  1. 1 yr. - 9
  2. 2 yr. - 19
  3. 3 yr. - 21
  4. 4 yr. - 29
  5. 5 yr. - 27
  6. 6 yr. - 29
  7. 7 yr. - 32
  8. 8 yr. - 34
  9. 9 yr. - 37
  10. 10 yr. - 34
  11. 11 yr. - 35
  12. 12 yr. - 45
  13. 13 yr. - 31
  14. 14 yr. - 39
  15. 15 yr. - 32
  16. 16 yr. - 27
  17. 17 yr. - 29
  18. 18 yr. - 31
  19. 19 yr. - 28
  20. 20 yr. - 22
  21. 21 yr. - 17

Gender

  1. Males - 344
  2. Females - 263

Vision Status

  1. Better than 20/70 better eye to 20/200 - 119
  2. Legally Blind (20/200
  3. or less than 20 degree fields) -291
  4. Light Perception only - 47
  5. Totally Blind - 67
  6. Further Testing Needed - 14
  7. Tested Results Nonconclusive - 46
  8. Not Tested at Risk - 13
  9. Other or Information Not Given - 30
  10. Cortical Visual Impairment - 159

Hearing Status

  1. 15-40 dB loss - 63
  2. 41-70 dB loss - 151
  3. 71-90 dB loss - 99
  4. 91+ dB loss - 108
  5. Further Testing Needed - 39
  6. Tested Results Nonconclusive - 64
  7. Not Tested at Risk - 96
  8. Information Not Given - 5
  9. Central Auditory Processing Disorder - 57

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