Welcome to My Home is an anonymous reflection that employs honesty and humor to provide a family perspective on welcoming professionals into their home. This resource and many others are found on the National Center for Deaf-Blindness website. Teams often include many professionals and it’s important that all remember collaborative practices for teams serving young children with complex needs requires thought, time and energy.
Since deafblindness is a very rare low incidence disability that often occurs with other disabilities, professionals may not understand the impact of combined hearing and vision loss on development, especially when a child has multiple areas of need. The number of children identified with deafblindness increases by multiple times between birth and age 5, so the sooner the better is an important perspective for early intervention practitioners when considering deafblindness and it’s exponential impact on access to learning.