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RI Services to Children and Youth with Dual Sensory Impairments
Eligibility Criteria | Dual Sensory Links
This initiative provides family and professional support, coordination
of services, information, technical assistance, and training to children
with dual sensory impairments, from birth through 22 years of age.
Parents are often overwhelmed with the
complexity of their child's life. Some parents benefit from identification
of their child/s strengths, coordination of services and assistance during
times of transition (such as entering a school program, changing
classrooms, and moving into the adult world). This project supports each
family throughout their child's education, and helps families make
realistic decisions regarding their child's participation in current and
Children with dual sensory impairments often require
specialized communication systems, which focus on a child's strongest
sensory systems. This federal project works with the child, and those who
support the child, to identify and utilize communication systems, mobility
systems, learning styles, material and curriculum modification, and
alternative assessment techniques.
Project staff provides the educational
community with ongoing education through personal classroom contact,
in-services for teachers, and related staff, and university courses within
the Department of Special Education at Rhode Island College. The focus of
professional support includes:
- The unique needs of children and
youth with vision and hearing impairments techniques on the successful
inclusion of students with dual sensory impairments in general education
- Information and access to resources,
which support families and educators in the area of recreation,
communication, assessment, and program planning.
empower families of children with deaf-blindness to assist their children become active
participants in home, school, and the community.
provide technical assistance to professionals working with children dual sensory impairments,
birth through two years of age, as a means for increasing the capacity of the local early intervention
agencies to provide quality supports and services.
provide technical assistance to professionals working with children with dual sensory impairments,
ages 3 - 22, to increase the capacity of local educational agencies to provide quality services in natural,
increase the availability of information, technical resources, pre-service training, and in service
training for both parents and professionals.
support children with dual sensory impairments in preschool and school services which are
delivered in inclusive environments, with goals similar to peers without disabilities
Adapted Literature, Lessons, & Story Boxes
The Sherlock Center’s DSI Program has adapted a variety of popular children’s literature using ‘
Writing with Symbols’. Stories are presented using simplified language accompanied by pictures and/or symbols.
These abridged versions are intended to help include a child with significant disabilities in the general
education classroom. They are not meant as a substitute for the complete version of a story.
Copies of adapted literature are available for loan through the Sherlock Center Resource Library.
Some titles are available in electronic format and can be downloaded directly from this website.
Stories adapted to PowerPoint include sounds/music and allow a student to “click” along using
a computer and mouse/switch.
Click HERE for a list of
available titles and formats. We are continually adding to this list.
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