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Each year the NCDBP is required by the federal government to conduct a child count and submit specific information. This information determines North Carolina’s share of federal grant money which is used to provide professional development and technical assistance to families and service providers of children who are identified as deaf-blind. The count is a snapshot of eligible students on December 1st. The count includes infants and toddlers, children, and youth ages birth through 21 years of age. Children who are eligible have combined vision and hearing loss which may interfere with an individual’s ability to communicate and interact with others in educational and/or social settings; to access information (spoken, social media, print); and to move about safely and efficiently in familiar and unfamiliar environments. Individuals with documented functional loss and/or with progressive conditions such as Usher's Syndrome are eligible for the DB census.

Eligibility is not determined or limited by:

  • Area of Eligibility identified on IEP
  • Receiving Related Services such as Vision, Hearing, OT, PT, APE, etc.
  • Additional disabilities such as significant intellectual, behavioral, health, or communication

There is an on-line submission of the census data; instructions required for the report are attached to this email. The survey can be found on the following web page:

Other forms that may be needed are attached and will be submitted via e-mail to DorothySnyder.

There are three (3) attachments for this report:

  1. Deaf-Blind Child Census: Instructions and Definitions. This section provides detailed information on each entry made on the spreadsheet. Please note there are changes for this year. (19 pages)
  2. No Students to Report. Submit to
  3. Q & A: Answers to Our Most Frequently Asked Questions. Please read this document carefully to assist in the completion of the census. (3 pages)

If you have questions about the Annual Deaf-Blind Census, please contact Dorothy Snyder, Coordinator of the North Carolina Deaf-Blind Project, at 919.807.3987, DorothySnyder.

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