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The disability that combines two sensory deficiencies, visual and auditory, is known as deafblindness.  The special needs and the communications problems resulting from this disability depend on the extent or seriousness of the condition in the individual.

Those ONCE members who exhibit an auditory deficiency are referred to as “members with deafblindness”.

So as to assist those members and at the behest of the ONCE, the ONCE Foundation for the Care of Persons with Deafblindness (FOAPS in Spanish) was created in 2007.