American Association of the Deaf-Blind

A New Beginning


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October 2006

In This Issue

AADB Happenings

New Staff at AADB: AADB is growing rapidly! We now have a new Outreach Coordinator at AADB, Chad Metcalf (this position is temporary until December 31). He will be responsible for marketing AADB to and recruiting new members.  You will be hearing from him very soon. Welcome aboard, Chad!

Interns at AADB: We are happy to have more people working with us this fall! Meredith Rarick and Melanie Moreland are our new interns for this semester. Meredith is a graduate student in social work at Gallaudet University and Melanie is an undergraduate student at Towson University in the Deaf Studies Program. Meredith is developing a member survey for us to use in advocacy work, and Melanie will be assisting us in starting our updated resource directory. So you will be hearing from them as well. Also, please watch for a survey coming your way.

AADB/American Red Cross (ARC) Partnership: Jamie Pope, AADB Executive Director, and Elizabeth Spiers, Director of Programs/Services, had a brainstorming meeting in September with Gayle Brock, Director of Diversity at the American Red Cross.  We discussed how ARC and AADB staff and members could be involved in each others’ projects and activities, such as conferences, exhibits, blood drives, and classes. Please check our website for more information on our Statement of Understanding and our AADB/ARC partnerships.

AADB/RID Task Force on Deaf-Blind Interpreting is a collaboration between AADB and the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) to improve interpreting services for people who are deaf-blind and increase the pool of qualified deaf-blind interpreters. The task force will be co-coordinated by Rhonda Jacobs, representing AADB and Susanne Morgan, representing RID. Both are well-known for interpreting and training interpreters in the deaf-blind community.

Refer a Friend Program:

Want to make a difference in the deaf-blind community? Recruit new members to join AADB and support its great cause! For a limited time only, refer three friends to AADB and receive one year’s free membership.

Here is how it works: Recruit 3 new members to complete an AADB membership form with $20 payment. Your friends must mention your name on their membership forms. When we receive the forms, we’ll notify you, and give you one year’s free membership.

Membership forms can be faxed with credit card payment to 301-495-4404 or mailed to our office. Attached to your email is a membership form for your convenience. All forms must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2006. Questions? Contact

AADB Fall Board Meeting:

The AADB Board of Directors will have their fall meeting in Laurel, MD on November 10-12, 2006. This meeting is open to the public. Please contact the AADB Office for more information (contact is at the end of this newsletter).

Board of Directors Elections:

Want to make a contribution to AADB? Consider running for our board of directors. Eight positions will be open in January 2007. If you want to run for the board, please send us a brief biography and letter of intent postmarked by December 31st. Please see our website,, for more information.

AADB Listserv:

Here is your chance! Join our listserv if you want to discuss board elections or other issues important to AADB. This listserv is open to anyone who is a member of AADB. Members who want to subscribe should send an email to

Conference Sponsors:

Please continue to support our conference sponsors! Many organizations such as Maryland Relay, Sorenson VRS and Deaf Independent Living Association helped to make our 2006 conference a success. You can go to our website at and click on their logos (displayed on our home page) for more information. If you do not have access to the Internet, please contact the AADB Office for more information.

Donations to AADB:

The end of the year is coming and it is time to consider donating to your favorite charity. AADB always welcomes your support in helping us to continue to carry out our mission and goals. Please think of contributing towards a stronger AADB. For more information, you can contact us below.

Shop and Support AADB!

Now you can shop online at your favorite stores and support AADB. We now have a new fundraising program where you can buy products online and part of your purchases will go to AADB to support its services. It’s easy to do. Just go to our website at, and push our “Marketplace” button.  Then follow the instructions on how to make purchases online.

Contact AADB!

We are always anxious to hear from you! AADB is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization and depends on the generosity of donors to keep its services and programs running. We accept donations in memory of a loved one, in honor of someone’s special occasion, and for specific AADB services. All donations are tax-deductible. Please consider making a donation today. Thank you for your support! For more information, please contact us at:

American Association of the Deaf-Blind
8630 Fenton Street, Suite 121
Silver Spring, MD 20910

301-495-4402 TTY/VP
301-495-4403 Voice
301-495-4404 Fax


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