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Chapter 12: Deafblind Services

Revised 07/09

12.1 Introduction

Deafblind services are offered to consumers who have a secondary disability of deafness or hearing impairment. Consumers are referred to Deafblind Services by:

12.2 Services Provided

As in-house service providers, deafblind specialists provide services such as

12.3 Referrals to Deafblind Services

(Revised 10/09)

Consumers are referred to Deafblind Services when

Note: If you suspect a consumer may have hearing loss or if the consumer has a documented hearing loss, refer him or her to the deafblind specialist before scheduling audiological or hearing-aid evaluations. The deafblind specialist may advise the consumer about information to share with his or her audiologist regarding the functional impact of the combined vision and hearing loss, and suggest questions to ask the audiologist about certain hearing-aid features and considerations.

12.4 Referral Procedure

(Revised 02/13)

The VR counselor makes a referral to the deafblind specialist by

12.4.1 Consumer Contact

Upon receipt of referral information, the deafblind specialist

12.4.2 Case Notes

The deafblind specialist writes case notes to document consumer contacts and other pertinent details. A follow-up phone contact or email may accompany the contact reports.

The case notes typically contain

Note: If the deafblind specialist recommends that the secondary disability coding be amended to more accurately reflect the consumer's sensory communicative impairment, the deafblind specialist

12.4.3 Continued Service

The deafblind specialist makes periodic phone contacts and/or written contacts with the consumer and VR counselor to monitor progress, discuss service coordination, and provide assistance as requested and needed.

12.4.4 Completion of Deafblind Services

The deafblind specialist closes the ReHabWorks service record when services are

Note: Following closure of the service record or case closure, the deafblind specialist may provide limited services on a courtesy basis in order to help a consumer maintain independence and to minimize the consumer's need to reapply for VR services. These services are documented as a courtesy service in the case file.

12.4.5 Deafblind Community-Based Apartments

The DBS Deafblind Community-Based Apartment Program consists of four complexes where people who are deafblind and people without disabilities live side by side. In this program, people who are deafblind are required to maintain their own apartments and work in the community. An office located in one of the complexes provides support and training in money management, employment, meal preparation, transportation, communication, and maintaining a home.

A VR consumer who is deafblind is eligible for the Deafblind Community-Based Apartments if the consumer is

Note: You can obtain more information about this service by contacting the deafblind specialist in your region.