Community Resources for Deaf-Blind
American Association of Deaf-Blind “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. (We) ensure that all deaf-blind persons achieve their maximum potential through increased independence, productivity, and integration into the community. AADB receives funding from grants, membership fees, and tax-deductible donations.”
“The American Council of the Blind strives to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life, for all blind and visually-impaired people.”
“The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) sees a world where people with vision loss have equal access and opportunities to excel at school, at work, and in their communities. Each day, we come a step closer to creating that world. Our award-winning programs and services address the most pressing needs of people with vision loss. We change lives—breaking through barriers, challenging misconceptions, and expanding possibilities.
“The CHARGE Syndrome Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that is governed by a Board of volunteers composed of up to 12 members. The majority of the Board must be comprised of individuals who have a family member with CHARGE syndrome. Special advisors to the Board provide assistance in program development. The day-to-day management of the Foundation is carried out by the board and two part-time employees. The primary goals of the Foundation include: growing our outreach and support programs; increasing our knowledge base; promoting awareness; building networks and partnerships; and investing in leading-edge research.”
“The Council of Schools and Services for the Blind (COSD) is a membership organization of special purpose schools for students who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities. We work together as a professional learning community to improve services to students enrolled on our campuses and to promote quality educational outcomes for all blind or visually impaired students regardless of where they attend school.”
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"The Clerc Center, a federally funded national deaf education center, ensures that the diverse population of deaf and hard of hearing students (birth through age 21) in the nation are educated and empowered and have the linguistic competence to maximize their potential as productive and contributing members of society. This is accomplished through early access to and acquisition of language, excellence in teaching, family involvement, research, identification and implementation of best practices, collaboration, and information sharing among schools and programs across the nation."
“Our team of experts will work closely with you to develop an individualized action plan tailored to your needs and goals, and everything you learn will have practical, real world applications. One-on-one training, cutting-edge technology, hands-on learning and the opportunity to interact with people who know firsthand the challenges you face- it’s all part of the HKNC experience.”
“Our national network of regional offices provides information, support and advocacy for deaf-blind individuals, their families and the professionals who serve them. Your regional representative knows all about the programs and services that are available in your state and beyond, and can help you to find and access the ones that are right for you.”
“The advocacy scope of the NAD is broad, covering a lifetime and impacting future generations in the areas of early intervention, education, employment, health care, technology, telecommunications, youth leadership, and more – improving the lives of millions of deaf and hard of hearing Americans. The NAD also carries out its federal advocacy work through coalition efforts with specialized national deaf and hard of hearing organizations, as well as coalitions representing national cross-disability organizations.”
“As a national technical assistance center funded by the federal Department of Education, NCDB works to improve the quality of life for children.”
” The mission of NFADB is to empower the voices of families of individuals who are deaf-blind and to advocate for their unique needs.
Every person who is deaf-blind has very individual abilities, challenges and needs. This is true for families also. To address the uniqueness of deaf-blindness, we work side by side with families, friends and professionals to provide the following services.”
The National Federation of the Blind is the only organization that believes in the full capacity of blind people, and has the power, influence, diversity, and determination to help transform our dreams into reality. We believe in blind people because we are blind people.
“We are global leaders in the education of children with visual impairment and multiple disabilities, including deaf-blindness. Our mission is to ensure that all underserved children and young adults with visual impairment receive a high-quality education that enriches their lives and prepares them for an active role in their families, schools and communities.”
Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program Association
“The mission of TEDPA is to convene for the purpose of information exchange and to assist one another with the administration of specialized telecommunication equipment distribution programs for persons with disabilities.”