Deaf-blind resources

Deafblindness is the condition of little or no useful sight and little or no useful hearing. Deafblind people have an experience quite distinct from people who are only deaf or only blind.

American Association of the DeafBlind (AADB)
814 Thayer Avenue, Suite 302
Silver Spring, MD 20910-4500
1-800-735-2258 Voice
(301) 588-6545 TTY

A national consumer advocacy organization for people who have combined hearing and vision impairments. AADB is open to all persons who are deaf-blind and individuals directly concerned with their well being, including spouses, children, friends, and health care professionals. Seeks to encourage independent living for individuals who are deaf-blind. Provides technical assistance to persons who are deaf-blind, families, educators, and service providers.

The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness
345 N. Monmouth Avenue
Monmouth, OR 97361
1-800-438-9376 Voice
1-800-854-7013 TTY

A-Z to Deafblindness

This site is hosted by James Gallagher, who is deafblind himself. It offers information on, and links to, services and other resources for people who are blind, deaf and deafblind.

Hadley School for the Blind
700 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093-2554 USA
Toll-Free: 1-800-323-4238 Voice
(847) 446-0855 Fax
Hadley has a course for you if you are a blind adult (14+ years of age), a parent or grandparent of a blind child, a family member of an adult who is blind, or a (para)professional in the blindness field. The Hadley School for the Blind offers more than 90 distance education courses to eligible students completely free of charge.  Current course listing is on the Hadley web site, and is also available by mail in alternate formats. Designed to focus blind and visually impaired people, but many of the courses can be helpful to DeafBlind people and their friends, families, and professionals.

Helen Keller National Center for DeafBlind Youth and Adults (HKNC)
111 Middle Neck Road
Sands Point, NY 11050-1299
(516) 944-8900 Voice
(516) 944-8637 TTY

National Family Association for Deaf-Blind
111 Middle Neck Road
Sands Point, NY 11050
1-800-255-0411, ext. 275 Voice
A non-profit, volunteer-based family association. Our philosophy is that individuals who are deaf-blind are valued members of society and are entitled to the same opportunities and choices as other members of the community. NFADB is the largest national network of families focusing on issues surrounding deaf-blindness.

Perkins School for the Blind
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02712
General Email:
(617) 924-3434 Voice – Main Switchboard

Comprehensive education services in a variety of enrollment options to day students and residential students ages three to 22 who are deafblind, or multihandicapped. The primary emphasis of the Deafblind Program is the development of total communication, which may include the use of sign and spoken language, written language, braille, pictures, objects, gestures and/or alternative or augmentative communication systems. As a student progresses, his/her classroom curriculum changes to accommodate his/her age and skill level.

About Deaf-Blind
An informative article from the disAbility Resource Center. Topics include: Who is a Deaf-Blind Person?, Family Issues, Modes of Deaf-Blind Communication, Special Considerations in Communicating with Deaf-Blind People, Other Sources of Information.

Scholarships Guide for Students with Disabilities:

College Guide for Students with Vision Impairments 

Independent Living Guide: