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VIBRATIONS Newsletter

The project’s newsletter VIBRATIONS is published and disseminated three times a year. The newsletter is free to all interested persons. The original version of the newsletters are kept on the webpage for one full year, then converted to topical newsletters.

Copies of former newsletters concerning specific topics can be found:


Lending Library

A lending library is maintained with up-to-date books, articles, workshop materials, videotapes, and manuals related to the topic of vision and hearing loss. A current directory is available upon request, and lending library materials are mailed out upon request. For a copy of the Lending Library Inventory; or the Lending Library Request Form.


Learning Media and Communication Learning Plan for Students with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss

All school age (3-21 years) children and youth with visual impairment in the State of Colorado must have a Literacy Modality Plan on file as a part of their Individual Education Program. This plan highlights the results of a Literacy Modality Assessment by a teacher certified in the area of visual impairment.

Specific information recorded on the Literacy Modality Plan includes:

  • identification and justification of primary and secondary literacy modes,
  • information about how the literacy modes will be implemented and integrated into the student’s educational activities,
  • the level of competency expected in each selected mode(s) that the student will achieve by the end of the period covered by the Individual Education Plan, and
  • the braille competency status of the person delivering braille instruction, if braille is a selected literacy mode.

All school age (3-21 years) children and youth who are deaf/hard of hearing in the State of Colorado must have a Communication Plan on file as a part of their Individual Education Program.

This plan must include information on:

  • the child’s primary communication mode(s),
  • the availability of deaf/hard of hearing adult role models and peer groups of the student’s communication mode or language,
  • an explanation of all educational options provided by the administrative unit and available to the student,
  • the proficiency status of teachers, interpreters, and other specialists delivering the communication plan in the student’s primary communication mode or language
  • the communication –accessible academic instruction, school services, and extracurricular activities that the child will receive.

A form that addresses the documentation needs of both the Literacy Modality Plan and the Communication Plan has been created for use on behalf of school-age children and youth with both vision and hearing loss.


Colorado Resources for Families of Children who are Deafblind


National and International Resources Specific to Deafblindness:


National Resources Specific to Children with Disabilities


Other State Projects on Deafblindness


For more information about the Colorado Services for Children and Youth with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss project, please contact:

Tanni Anthony
Phone: (303) 866-6681

Gina Quintana
Phone: (303) 866-6605

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