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2022 Ohio Deafblind Census

The Ohio Center for the Deafblind Education (OCDBE), a federally funded technical assistance and dissemination project, is required to conduct an annual census of Ohio children and youth, birth through age 21, with deafblindness (aka combined vision and hearing loss) regardless of IDEA identification and children who are at risk for deafblindness. The annual census is conducted on behalf of the United States Department of Education in collaboration with the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) and generates funding to support consultation, professional development, resource/information dissemination, technical assistance, and outreach for educators and families. This registration is separate from the Federal Quota Registration for the Blind.

Who can be registered?

  • All children and youth, ages birth through 21 years who have a combined vision and hearing loss (deafblindness)

**A student does not need to have the IDEA/Ohio identification of deafblind to be registered on this census**

Who can register a child?

  • Parents

  • Doctors

  • Teachers/school staff

**Parent permission is not required to register a child**

To register a new child or to update a currently registered child

  • Log onto Ohio’s Center for Deafblind Education website at

  • Select ‘Census: Register/Update a Child’

  • Complete the form

For more information about the 2022 Deafblind Census, please contact Lynne Hamelberg at

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