Deafblind Resources

Books Available for Purchase

Alsop, L., (Ed), (2002). Understanding Deafblindness: Issues, Perspectives, and Strategies.

This 918-page 2-volume curriculum is for parents, interveners, and service providers working with children and young adults who are deafblind and their families. It covers all aspects of deafblind programming including communication, concept development, vision, hearing, family issues, touch, sensory integration, intervener role and services, physical education, additional disabilities, orientation and mobility, community support, and evaluation. It contains clear and informative presentations with helpful summaries and many illustrations.
Available from:  HOPE Inc.
1856 North 1200 East, North Logan, UT 84341

Alsop, L., (1993). Understanding and Interacting with Infants, Toddlers, and Preschool Age Children with Deafblindness.

This 576-page manual contains information and activities specifically for persons working with infants and young children who are deafblind or who have both visual and hearing impairments. This resource is for use by service providers, paraprofessionals, and parents. It includes user-friendly topics, illustrations, and a myriad of activity ideas in the following areas: hearing and auditory stimulation, vision, communication including tactile signaling and signing, daily care and self-help, motor, positioning and handling, play, massage, tactile stimulation, cognition, orientation and mobility, behavior management, accessing resources, and medical information.
Available from:  HOPE Inc.
1856 North 1200 East, North Logan, UT 84341

Alsop, L., Robinson, C., Goehl, K., Lace, J., Belote, M., Rodriguez-Gil, G., (2007). Interveners in the Classroom : Guidelines for Teams Working With Students Who Are Deafblind. Logan, UT: SKI-HI Institute, Utah State University.

This booklet provides detailed guidelines in a checklist format for interveners, teachers, administrators, and parents to assist in their understanding of the roles and responsibilities of interveners in educational settings. An intervener code of ethics is included.
Available from Linda Alsop at Utah State University. E-mail: The cost is approximately $10.00.

Riggio, M., & McLetchie, B., (Eds.) (1999). Remarkable Conversations.

This 308-page book is a practical guide for teachers, family members, and others who play a critical role in the lives of children who are deafblind. The focus of the book is on providing meaningful and personalized experiences and instructional programs for these children. (Produced by the Hilton/Perkins Program of Perkins School for the Blind)
Available from: HOPE Inc.
1856 North 1200 East, North Logan, UT 84341
Phone/FAX: 435-245-2888

Intervention: A Guide to Getting Started. Experienced Intervenors talk about Deafblindness and Intervention.
Available from:  Provincial Outreach Program for Students with Deafblindness (no charge)
10300 Seacote Road, Richmond, British Columbia, V7A 4B2

Blaha, R. (1997). Calendars for students with multiple impairments including deafblindness.

This book is written for students who need help structuring and organizing their time and activities. It includes information about: The benefits of calendar systems, calendar programming based on individual students' needs and skills and a continuum of calendars available for expanding students' skills
Available from the Texas School for the Blind

McInnes, J.M., Treffry, J.A., (1993). Deaf-Blind Infants and Children: A Developmental Guide.

This is a comprehensive reference guide for teachers, parents, and paraprofessionals working or living with children who are both deaf and blind. It provides day-to-day guidance and suggestions about techniques and methods for assessing children with multi-sensory deprivation, and for devising programs to help them cope.
Available from: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
ISBN 9780802077875

McInnes, J.M. (1999). A Guide to Planning and Support for Individuals who are Deafblind. 

This book assists in fostering a new approach to the education of and support for older children, youth, and adults who are deafblind.
Available from: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
ISBN 9780802042422

Huebner, K.M., Glidden Prickett, J., Rafalowski Welch, T., Joffee, E., (Eds.) (1995).  Hand in Hand:Essentials of Communication and Orientation and Mobility for Your Students Who Are Deaf-Blind (2 vol. set). Additional video available.

A two-volume, self-study text that explains how students who are deaf-blind learn, focusing on essential communication and mobility skills. Especially designed to provide comprehensive information in an easy-to-read way, this invaluable resource includes identified key concepts, self-study questions and answers, and references. The user-friendly format includes concise "Help at a Glance" and "From Theory to Practice" sections throughout.
Available from: AFB Press
ISBN: 978-0-89128-937-1 

Riggio, M., McLetchie, B., (Eds.). (2008). Deafblindness: Educational Service Guidelines.

This offers state and local education agencies a framework from which meaningful, appropriate programming for students who are deafblind can be developed. These guidelines identify the knowledge and skills educators need to assist their students who are deafblind reach their full potential and become successful, contributing members of our society. Chapters include: Foundations, Educational Personnel, Assessment, Services and Placement Options, Supportive Structure and Administration, Competencies for Teachers of Learners who are Deafblind, Recommendations on the Training of Interveners for Students who are Deafblind, Competencies for Training Intervenors.
Available from the Perkins School for the Blind

Sauerburger, D. (1993).  Independence Without Sight or Sound: Suggestions for Practitioners Working with Deaf-Blind Adults.

This practical guidebook covers the essential aspects of communicating and working with deaf-blind persons. Full of information on subjects such as how to talk with deaf-blind people, adapt orientation and mobility techniques for deaf-blind travelers, and interact with deaf-blind individuals socially, this useful manual also contains a substantial resource section detailing sources of information and adapted equipment.
Publisher: AFB Press
ISBN: 978-0-89128-246-4