Deaf-Blind is a combined loss of hearing and vision, whether from birth (congenital) or from an onset later in life (adventitious). Illness, trauma and/or age are the leading causes of deaf-blindness. Many people who are born deaf-blind may have additional disabilities such as developmental delays or intellectual disability. However, deaf-blindness does not necessarily entail total hearing and vision loss or developmental delays.


American Association of Deaf-Blind (AADB)
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.

248 Rainbow Drive #14864

Livingston, TX 77399


Center for Parent Information and Resources
Fact sheet and information for parents.
Center for Parent Information and Resources
c/o Statewide Parent Advocacy Network
35 Halsey St., Fourth Floor
Newark, NJ 07102

Deaf-Blind Community Access Network (DBCAN)
We provide Deaf and Hard of Hearing Independent Living, health literacy and support, community access for Deaf-Blind adults, and related services.
C/O D.E.A.F., Inc.
Contact Form

Boston Office:  

215 Brighton Ave

Allston, MA 02134

Phone: 617-505-4823 VP/V

Phone: 617-254-4041 TTY/V

New Bedford Office: 

105 William Street

Room 25 (2nd Floor)

New Bedford, MA 02740

Phone: 508-858-5178 VP/V

Phone: 508-990-1382 TTY/V

Salem Office: 

35 Congress Street

Suite 204 (2nd Floor)

Salem, MA 01970

Phone: 978-910-0165 VP/V

Phone: 978-740-0394 TTY

Phone: 978-740-0329 V

Taunton Office: 

71 Main Street

Suite 1300B (Lower Level)

Taunton, MA 02780

Phone: 508-692-9390 VP/V

Phone: 508-802-5833 TTY/V

Lawrence Office: 

370 Merrimack St

Suite 205 

Lawrence, MA 01843

Phone: 617-505-4823 VP/V

Phone: 617-254-4041 TTY/V

National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB)
Provides online training and resources, advocacy, information on support services and information on interpreters.
c/o Helen Keller National Center
PO Box 1667
Sands Point, NY 11050
Phone: 800-255-0411

National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)
Provides information on intervener services, online library, forums and training
141 Middle Neck Road
Sands Point, NY 11050
Phone: 503-838-8754


iCanConnect provides free equipment and training for people with both significant hearing and vision loss who meet the program’s disability and income eligibility guidelines.

Local Contact: Perkins School for the Blind

175 North Beacon Street

Watertown, Massachusetts 02472

Phone: 617-972-7619


Perkins School for the Blind – Deafblind Program
Offers comprehensive educational services to students age 3 to 22 who are Deaf-Blind or deaf with additional disabilities, taking a developmental approach to language, communication and curriculum.
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472
Phone: 617-924-3434
Contact form:

Fact Sheet last updated on: 2/14/2023


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