Chapter 7: Information Sources
Section 3: Specific Disabilities – Information Sources
American Association of the Deaf-Blind (AADB) is a national consumer organization of, by, and for deaf-blind Americans and their supporters. "Deaf-blind" includes all types and degrees of dual vision and hearing loss.
This national consortium on deaf-blindness information is to nurture, empower and instruct children who are deaf-blind. DB-LINK's extensive resources and personalized service are available to anyone needing information about, or for, deaf-blind children. Their goal is to help parents, teachers, and others by providing them with information to foster the skills, strategies and confidence necessary to nurture and empower deaf-blind children. DB-LINK is a federally-funded service that identifies, coordinates, and disseminates, at no cost, information related to children and youth from birth through 21 years of age.
The Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths & Adults (HKNC) offers intensive and comprehensive rehabilitation training to individuals who are deaf-blind.
Regional Representative: C. C. Davis
4230 LBJ Freeway, Suite 340, LB 31
Dallas, TX 75244-5998
This residential facility provides adaptive skills and vocational instruction to deaf-blind youths and adults. Regional Representatives provide consultation and technical assistance to individuals with deaf-blindness and their families, as well as to educators and adult service agencies. Reps also locate needed programs and resources and handle referrals to Helen Keller National Center.
The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) is a national technical assistance and dissemination center for children and youth who are deaf-blind. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), NCDB builds on the technical assistance activities of NTAC, the information services and dissemination activities of DB-LINK and adds a third focus related to personnel training. NCDB brings together the resources of three agencies with long histories of expertise in the field of deaf-blindness, The Teaching Research Institute (TRI) at Western Oregon University, the Helen Keller National Center (HKNC), and the Hilton/Perkins Program at Perkins School for the Blind. NCDB works collaboratively with families, federal, state and local agencies to provide technical assistance, information and personnel training.
Provides technical assistance, training and information to families of children and youth with deaf-blindness, teachers and service providers. Maintains registry of deaf-blind children age 0-21.
The Division of Visual Services provides advocacy, information and referral, evaluation, and guidance and counseling services for individuals who are deaf-blind and their families. Tactile, vibratory and other equipment which assists people in communicating and receiving environmental information is available.
Individuals may be referred for deaf-blind services who are legally blind (or have progressive visual disabilities that will result in legal blindness) and severe to profound hearing losses (or significant difficulties communicating in home or community settings). There are no age requirements for services; however, this program primarily serves adults.