What does it mean to be DeafBlind?

A person who is deafblind has a substantial degree of loss in both sight and hearing, the combination which results in significant difficulties in accessing information. 

Deafblindness is a unique condition that prohibits an individual from fully utilizing both their sense of sight and their sense of hearing; therefore inhibiting educational, vocational, avocational, recreational, and social goals.   

Deafblindness may be classified into two different categories: congenital, in which the loss of vision and hearing occurs before or at birth (early adventitious); or acquired, in which the loss of the two senses occurs after birth (adventitious).


Deafblindness: An individual who is deafblind is one who has a combined loss of vision and hearing.  Neither their vision or their hearing can be used as a primary source of accessing information.

Intervention: The term “Intervention” means to go between or to mediate between.   With regards to persons who are deafblind, Intervention is the process which allows an individual who is deafblind to receive non-distorted information such that he or she can interact with his or her environment.

Intervenor: An Intervenor is a person who provides Intervention to an individual who is deafblind.  An Intervenor mediates between the person who is deafblind and his or her environment to enable him or her to communicate effectively with and receive non-distorted information from the world around them.  An Intervenor acts as the eyes and ears of the person with deafblindness.