Disability/Illness Description:

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.

Associations/Groups:

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.
PO Box 24493
Federal Way, WA 98093
Email: aadb-info@aadb.org

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
Email: malizo@spannj.org

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
    Fax: 617-254-7091
  • New Bedford Office 105 William Street
    Room 25 (2nd Floor)
    New Bedford, MA 02740
    (508) 858-5178 VP/V
    (508) 990-1382 TTY/V
    (508) 996-2170 Fax
  • Salem Office 35 Congress Street
    Suite 204 (2nd Floor)
    Salem, MA 01970
    (978) 910-0165 VP/V
    (978) 740-0394 TTY
    (978) 740-0329 V
    (978) 740-0389 Fax
  • Taunton Office 71 Main Street
    Suite 1300B (Lower Level)
    Taunton, MA 02780
    (508) 692-9390 VP/V
    (508) 802-5833 TTY/V
    (508) 802-5835 Fax

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
141 Middle Neck Road
Sands Point, NY 11050
Phone: 800-255-0411
Fax: 516-883-9060
Email: nfadbinfo@gmail.com

National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)
provides information on intervener services, online library, forums and training
345 North Monmouth Ave
Monmouth, OR 97361
Phone: 503-838-8754
Email: info@nationaldb.org

New England Consortium of Deaf-Blind Projects
provides technical assistance to children who are Deaf-Blind in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, as well as to their families and educational programs.
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472
Phone: 617-972-7515
Deafblind@Perkins.org

Perkins School for the Blind – Deaf/Blind 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
Fax: 617-972-7315
Email: Info@Perkins.org

Fact Sheet last updated on: 4/6/2020