Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Child Count for the DeafBlind Census

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Federal Programs
Regulatory Authority
20 U.S.C.A. Section 1400 et seq. (IDEA)
Response Required
Data Stewards (SIS; eSchool; eFinance; TRIAND); Equity Coordinators (Disability/Race/Gender/National Origin); Federal Programs; General Business Managers; Principals; School Counselors; School Nurse; Superintendents; Teachers; Technology Coordinators; Test Coordinators

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The Division of Elementary Secondary Education (DESE) Office of Special Education Deafblind Project for Children And Youth with Sensory Impairments (CAYSI) is disseminating the annual federal census of children in Arkansas, birth to age 22, who have been identified as having deafblindness. The purpose of this Commissioner’s Memo is to assist CAYSI staff in identifying and reporting children in the state who are DeafBlind. CAYSI is required to submit this report to the U.S. Department of Education each year.

Please consider all the children served by the district to determine those individuals who might qualify. Eligible students do not have to be completely deaf and blind, nor do they have to have been identified as DeafBlind on the district’s December 1 child count. Often these children are counted on the December 1 report as having other primary disabilities such as an intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, or other health impairments. For consideration for CAYSI services, the child must have some degree of both vision and hearing loss or have cognitive impairments that limit the use of both senses. 

The electronic data review and update submission will be through CAYSI’s database system. Districts will receive an email from CAYSI through the database system for any children in the district who have already been identified and are listed on the DeafBlind registry. Instructions on how to submit electronically with one-time password protection will be included in the email. Detailed information for reporting can be found in the attachment, 2023 AR DeafBlind Instructions. 

For each child that the district believes may qualify as having combined hearing and vision loss, and is not currently on the DeafBlind registry, or if a district is unsure about a child’s eligibility, please get in touch with CAYSI staff who can review the child's information and assist in determining eligibility. 

Cooperation by the district is appreciated in assisting CAYSI efforts to identify and maintain accurate information on children with deafblindness across the state of Arkansas. No response is required if the district does not have children with dual sensory impairment. Data collected from the Child Count is used to guide the development of technical assistance initiatives and services.

CAYSI is supported through a federally funded grant administered and supported by the DESE Office of Special Education. CAYSI provides technical assistance through on-site consultation, training, and other resources for teachers, agency personnel, and families with children identified and listed on the DeafBlind registry.

For additional information or questions, contact Jennifer Bishop or Michelle Alvarez at 501-682-4222 or by email to or

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