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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.

The data needed should reflect the number of students with a visual impairment who were in the school district as of January 2, 2020, or the first day the district resumed following the winter holiday. Deadline to complete registration is January 31, 2020.   Information on how to complete the count is provided in the video posted below.

Please note the following regarding DeafBlind student being counted on both the VI Registration and the DeafBlind Child Count:

  • Every student who is considered DeafBlind (or has IDEA eligibility for both AI and VI) on the VI Registration should be included on the DeafBlind Child Count.  
  • And, every student who is included on the DeafBlind Child Count should also be included on the Registration of Students in Texas with Visual Impairments.

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.

Questions About Eligibility:

For information regarding eligibility, and other frequently asked questions regarding this count, please refer to our informative FAQ video posted below.  You may also reference the document "Let's Talk DeafBlind Eligibility" linked below.  These FAQ's and their answers are here to help you in determining if a student should be placed on the DeafBlind Child Count.  Word or PDF

Downloads: Audio (mp3) Handout (pdf) Transcript (txt)

Superintendent Signatures

  • The Superintendent 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 until February 17th, 2020 to certify their district's information. No paperwork will need to be submitted.

New or Noteworthy for the Texas DeafBlind Child Count:

  • NEW: In the DeafBlind Child Count, the question about whether the student has an intervener has been modified. It was confusing to those who have a designated paraprofessional who may or may not be recognized as an intervener. The required question now will ask: Does the student have a designated paraprofessional/intervener? The answers will allow you to note either that:

1). the student does not have a designated support person, or

2). the student has a designated paraprofessional who is NOT certified as an intervener through NICE (National Intervener Certification E-Portfolio System) or NRCP (National Resource Center for Paraeducators).

3).the student does have a designated intervener who has been certified through national organizations.

  • NEW:  The names and email addresses for both the TVI and the TDHH from last year will be cleared out. Please be sure to update this information or the system will prevent you from closing out.  TVI is required, but the TDHH is not.
  • NEW:  The student grade level will be be cleared out.  Please be sure to update this information of the system will prevent you from closing out.
  • NOTEWORTHY: 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.
  • NOTEWORTHY: Search features will help you to find students even if there is a number or letter transposed. Also, there 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.
  • NOTEWORTHY: 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)
  • NOTEWORTHY: 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 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 form  is signed annually and maintained in the student folder. (English VersionSpanish Version, and Vietnamese Version