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Let's Talk DeafBlind Eligibility - FAQs and Their Answers is a new document to help you in determining if a student should be placed on the DeafBlind Child Count. You may download this document in either a Word or PDF file as well.

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.

2017 VI Registration and Deafblind Child Count Updated Information

Registration of students who are visually impaired or deafblind ensures students have access to learning materials for their age and learning level. Teachers and school districts benefit by having access to APH Quota funds. Presented by Sue Enoch, Coordinator for APH/VI Registration & Deafblind Child Count at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

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Deafblind Child Count FAQ

Description: Brent Pitt, Director, Services to Students with Sensory Impairments, TEA answers Frequently Asked Questions about the Deafblind Child Count.

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The data needed should reflect the number of students with a visual impairment who were in a Texas school district as of January 2, 2017, or the first day the district resumed following the winter holiday. Deadline to complete registration is January 31, 2017.


  • The Superintendent's 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 a five-day window to go to the Superintendent's Page to click the box certifying their district's information. No paperwork will need to be submitted.

About the Deafblind Child Count

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.

New in 2017

Students who are deafblind must be entered on both the Texas DeafBlind Child Count and the Registration of Students in Texas with a Visual Impairment. An error will now display if you are trying to close the district entry and a matching student ID is not found for a student who should be in both applications. It will also not close if there is an inconsistency in the data.

For example, if the student is entered into the Texas DeafBlind Child Count, and is not entered into the Registration of Students in Texas with a Visual Impairment the error message will say, "You cannot close this district because all students entered by your district must be correctly entered by your district in the Registration of Students in Texas with a Visual Impairment." Data on the Texas DeafBlind Child Count must match the data on the Registration of Students in Texas with a Visual Impairment before you can close your submission.

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 the student with deafblindness 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.