A directory of useful services for deafblindness, related conditions, and education.
AADB is a national consumer advocacy organization that promotes better opportunities and services for deaf-blind people.
CHARGE syndrome is a recognizable (genetic) pattern of birth defects which occurs in about one in every 9-10,000 births worldwide. It is an extremely complex syndrome, involving extensive medical and physical difficulties that differ from child to child. The vast majority of the time, there is no history of CHARGE syndrome or any other similar conditions in the family.
Jack Canfield—Much More than Chicken Soup! While many of you may know Jack Canfield from his Chicken Soup series, his work extends far beyond these popular books. Canfield started his career as a teacher, where he transitioned from teaching social studies to helping students increase their self-esteem. Today, Canfield teaches and coaches success principles and happiness to millions worldwide.
National organization that helps families and individuals affected by cerebral palsy. It provides educational material about CP, parents and caregivers can be better prepared for raising a child affected by this developmental disorder. There are many cases of children with CP also being deafblind.
Every state has at least one federally funded parent center, which provides parents of children with disabilities information about local educational services and their child's rights under IDEA. Visit this site to find your local parent center and browse general resources about special education.
DbI is the world association promoting services for people who are deafblind through international collaboration.
Deafblind info is an online directory of worldwide resources for and about people with combined vision and hearing loss. The site is sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Division, but is designed to be useful to people around the world.
A site from the American Foundation for the Blind for parents of children with visual impairments.
This site is for individuals interested in beginning or enhancing literacy instruction for children with combined vision and hearing loss. Its contents is also designed to provide literacy instruction for children with multiple disabilities and other complex learning challenges.
The Decibels Foundation's mission is to provide specialized early intervention, educational services, family support, and access to essential technologies for children with hearing loss from infancy through high school.
The Foundation is a proud supporter of the Caroline Bass Fund at Children's Hospital Boston.
The National Coalition on Deafblindness provides information and advocacy in a collaborative way to policy makers, fiscal agents, educational professionals and community leaders on behalf of children and youth who are deaf-blind, in conjunction and partnership with adults who are deaf-blind, families, and stakeholders.
"A national technical assistance center funded by the federal Department of Education, NCDB works to improve the quality of life for children who are deaf-blind and their families"
HKNC is a national program that provides evaluation, short-term, comprehensive vocational rehabilitation training, work experience training and assistance to deaf-blind clients for job and residential placements.
Maps showing national Deafblind demographics.
The largest national network of families focusing on issues surrounding deaf blindness.
NORD has been created by a group of voluntary agencies, medical researchers and individuals concerned about Orphan Diseases and Orphan Drugs. Orphan diseases are rare, debilitating illnesses which strike small numbers (fewer than 200,000) of people. Orphan drugs are therapies which alleviate symptoms of some rare diseases, but which have not been developed by the pharmaceutical industry because they are unprofitable. Acts as a clearinghouse for information about rare disorders and to network families with similar disorders together for mutual support.
Pragmatic language skills are the most abstract and complex of all language skills. Even when the child has age-appropriate vocabulary and syntax (grammar) skills, she or he may not yet have learned how to use these skills in a socially appropriate manner for specific social purposes. Young children with typical hearing acquire these skills rapidly between 3 and 4 years of age and are able to use these pragmatic language skills using complex language. Children with hearing loss acquire these skills much more slowly even when provided early intervention and preschool services.
The Federation for Children with Special Needs provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities.
An advocacy and support organization where you can connect with other families, find information on the latest research and legislation, read blogs, sign up for the newsletter, and join advocacy efforts.
An excellent site (funded by Perkins) for parents of young children with visual impairment or multiple disabilities, including deaf-blindness. It's made up of articles and blog posts written by parents on child development, parenting, education, technology, eye conditions, and art/recreation. It also includes a section where parents can ask and answer questions.
Educators, Learning ASL, Parents and Families
The Center for Accessible Technology in Sign is a joint project dedicated to providing accessibility to learning via sign language.
Educators, Learning ASL, Parents and Families
IDRT launches new program myASL Tech
Kiwa Digital has recently released a new app which includes American Sign language narration.
This is the second in a series of monthly emails with information sharing the research finding at VL2 center, activities to support your child’s development, links to other resources, and more.
ASL Nook is a fun website to help learn American Sign Language.
Learning ASL, Parents and Families, Visual Language - Quality captioning universally is the CCAC mission. They invite you to join the online grass-roots project called the CCAC if you have interest in more captioning. Many people cannot comprehend speech well in group situations, even with other resources.
Learning ASL www.babysignlanguage.com is a website that is available to help you and your children learn basic sign language. The Website is a collection of free resources created to teach baby sign language. The Website has a series of free tutorials, video dictionary, flash cards and wall charts.