Each December 1, every school system across the nation reports the number of children they have in each disability category to their State Department of Education, which in turn reports this information to the federal government. This influences money and assistance to the various states. In the same manner, the deafblind census is reported on December 1 to each state's Deafblind Project, which is usually located either in their State Department of Education or at a university that is closely working with their State Department of Education in this area.
Information for the deafblind census is collected on areas such as the age of the child, degree of vision and hearing loss, etiology, and educational placement. This information is tabulated nationally and sent to the federal government, showing a profile of children (birth to twenty-two) who are deafblind. This information determines future funding and grants in this disability area to improve education to students who have both a vision and hearing impairment.
Any parent or school parent who has a child with both a vision and hearing loss is encouraged to contact the Georgia Deafblind Project, located at Georgia State University. If the child qualifies, he will be counted on the census and be eligible to receive technical assistance, loaner equipment, materials, and training through the Georgia Deafblind Project.
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