NYDBC Resources

NYDBC has developed a wide range of resources that may be helpful to families with children and young adults who are deafblind and the professionals who serve them. Below you will find a list of currently available resources.

Check out our documents in order to download each respective item.

Accessing the General Education Curriculum

  • NYDBC Educational Best Practices Fact Sheet: Literacy for Students who are DeafBlind
  • Guidelines for Tactilely Adapting Books
  • Task Analysis Example: Developing Functional Routines
  • Functional Routines and Activities Planning tool
  • Positioning & Adaptations Activity Planning Tool

Availability for Learning

  • Assessment of Biobehavioral States: Supporting Availability for Learning for Students with Multiple Disabilities Including Deafblindness & Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities
  • Article: Russell, C. (2020). Supporting availability for learning: Student-centered assessment and intervention for children with deafblindness/multiple disabilities. Visual Impairment & DeafBlind Education-Quarterly, 65(2), pp. 56-72


  • New York DeafBlind Collaborative Tipsheet: Providing Access through Sign Language & Text for Low Vision & Tactile Communicators During the Coronavirus Pandemic
  • Supporting Communication for Learners who are DeafBlind/ Have Multiple Disabilities (“Communication Poster”)
  • Roles and Responsibilities of the AAC Team

Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI)

  • CVI Fact Sheet
  • The Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC)/Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) Matrix: Student-Centered Guidelines for AAC & Expressive Communication Development (Russell & Willis, 2020)
  • CVI Considerations for Distance Learning (Russell, Hooper & Roman, 2020)
  • CVI Observation Notes
  • CVI Activity Planning Tool

Family Resources

  • An Inquiry-Based Guide to Prospective Schools
  • Understanding the IEP: Key Terms for Families
  • Your Child’s Individualized Education Plan: Increasing Advocacy and “Cracking the Code”

Identification & Referral

  • A Tool for Identifying Vision & Hearing Loss in Students with Multiple Disabilities
  • Eligibility Chart – Tool to Identify Children Eligible for the NYDBC Child Count
  • New York DeafBlind Collaborative Tipsheet: Visual “Red Flag” Behaviors in Students who are Deaf


  • Supporting Individuals Who Are DeafBlind: Interpreters, Interveners, and Support Service Providers (Morrow & Probst, 2019)

Transition Planning

  • Interdisciplinary Transition Team Initiative (ITTI) Materials
    • Examples of Transition Services and Activities
    • ITTI Action Plan
    • Major Target Areas of Transition Planning
    • Student Profile
    • Transition Planning Timeline

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