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The 'Saint Barnabas' School for the Blind
Programme of Education for Persons with Dual Sensory Impairment -Deaf-Blindness
Deaf-blindness is the particular impairment which combines loss of hearing and vision to such a degree that it prevents the person from gaining the maximum benefit from the school programmes, which are specially designed for pupils with either hearing or visual impairment.
A person with this type of sensory impairment has problems of learning and, above all, difficulty in communicating normally with his/her family and surroundings.
The reasons for deaf-blindness vary: prenatal and delivery complications, premature birth, any of several syndromes, the viral of meningitis, the advanced age of the mother, etc.
The percentage of persons with deaf-blindness is very small. The frequency of occurrence is about 5:100,000.
In recent years, the School has applied special programmes for the support and education of persons with deaf-blindness. The programmes are directed towards children with: