AADB 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. Our membership consists of
deaf-blind people from diverse backgrounds, as well as family members,
professionals, interpreters, and other interested supporters.
AADB is a nonprofit 501(c)(3)
organization governed by a board of directors, the majority of whom are
deaf-blind. AADB receives funding from grants, membership fees, and
To ensure that all deaf-blind persons achieve their maximum
potential through increased independence, productivity, and integration
into the community.
- Information Clearinghouse: provides Information, referral and
technical assistance on topics related to deaf-blindness.
- A Support Service Provider Summit, whose purpose is to examine
SSP services can be increased and improved across the country.
- A Deaf-Blind Technology Summit, whose purpose is to see how
technology can be more accessible and affordable for deaf-blind people.
- Deaf-Blind Count, a project to determine ways to obtain more
exact statistics of people with dual vision and hearing loss around the
- National Task Force on Deaf-Blind Interpreting is a collaboration
between AADB, the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, and the
National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers. This
collaboration will enhance the quality of interpreting services for
deaf-blind people, and increase the number of interpreters qualified to
work with them.
- AADB-L: AADB sponsors a listserv available to its members where
people can discuss important issues in the deaf-blind community and
offer feedback on AADB's programs and services.
- National Conferences: Hundreds of people come together for
and networking, and to learn about such issues as leadership and
- AADB Today is an e-newsletter highlighting updates within
AADB and the national deaf-blind community.
- Advocacy projects: AADB provides advocacy, trainings; workshops,
and involvement with legislators, manufacturers, and other entities on
behalf of deaf-blind people.
For information on specific projects, membership, the upcoming
conference, or to make a tax- deductible donation, please contact us.