People with Deaf/Blindness

Among the persons supported (by CSI/Massachusetts, in particular) are persons with deaf/blindness. Most, but not all such persons, also have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Several of the persons with developmental disabilities have Rubella Syndrome, a result of their mother developing German Measles during pregnancy. Today, German Measles is preventable, and Rubella Syndrome is no longer experienced among newborns in the USA.

Previously, most persons with deaf/blindness lived in campus institutions, but increasingly persons are having the opportunity to live in their communities with special supports. CSI-supported homes for persons with deaf/blindness have special environmental adaptations, and the staff have special training in adaptive communication.

Among the people with deaf/blindness and without developmental disabilities, CSI notably helps two women with children and families live independently in their own homes.