American Association of the Deaf-Blind

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November Issue

In This Issue

AADB in Action

  • 2008 AADB Conference: With deep regret, the AADB Board of Directors voted to cancel the 2008 AADB conference at their fall meeting. This conference would tentatively have been held in Tennessee. AADB does not have enough funds now to support another conference, because we spent a lot of money for our 2006 conference. We will focus on raising money and saving towards the next conference. We will also inform you when we're ready to plan another conference.
  • SSP White Paper: AADB has just published a White Paper on SSP services, called "Support Service Providers for People who are Deaf-Blind." It is now up on the web! Go to to read the full text. If you have no access to email or the internet, please contact us for a printed copy. This informational white paper can be used to strengthen the role of SSPs, encourage development of regional and statewide SSP programs, further the growth of the National SSP Pilot Project, and solicit funding for SSP programs.
  • FCC E-911 Disability Awareness Summit: Elizabeth Spiers, AADB's Director of Information Services, was on a consumer panel at the Federal Communications Commission's "E-911 Disability Access Summit" in November.
    She presented on the need for people with both vision and hearing loss to call 911 using wireless methods such as internet relay services, pagers and video relay services. Currently, the technology is not in place to use wireless services for 911. Deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind people still need to use their TTYs, Telebrailles, cell phones or landline telephones to call 911.
  • Maryland Deaf-Blind Project Meeting: Ms. Spiers also serves on the advisory committee of Connections Beyond Sight and Sound, a state deaf-blind project that provides services to children with vision and hearing loss, their families, and professionals working with them. She attended an advisory council meeting in October to learn and give feedback about their newest projects and activities.
  • Exhibit at Gallaudet University: Chad Metcalf, Outreach Coordinator, and Meredith Rarick, a social work intern at AADB, staffed an exhibit at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC to promote AADB, and to educate people about the deaf-blind community and the role of support service providers (SSPs). This event was quite popular as approximately 80 people came to the exhibit and asked many questions about AADB and its services.
  • Guatemalan Visitors: In November, a group of visitors from Guatemala toured Gallaudet University and local deaf and hard of hearing organizations in the Washington, DC area. They stopped by the AADB Office to receive a warm welcome and to learn about AADB and its services as well as the deaf-blind community in the United States.

New! Director of Information Services

Elizabeth Spiers has worked as Director of Programs/Services at AADB for two years. Her job duties have changed so now she is focusing on AADB publications, such as the DBA, E-News, and other informational materials. Her title has changed to reflect these responsibilities. She is now Director of Information Services.

Watch for AADB website's new look

Our great website will have a new and even better look very soon! Look for an announcement real soon so you can check it out at

New! Schedule of Community Events

Starting with the January 2007 issue of AADB E-News, we will start publishing a calendar of events related to the deaf-blind community for 2007. Please send us names of events, dates and locations to: We want to hear from you!

Board of Directors deadline coming soon

Want to make a difference? We still need good men and women to contribute to AADB.

If you are interested, please send us a brief biography, letter of interest, and a copy of government-issued identification postmarked by December 31st.
Biographies and a ballot sheet of interested candidates will be sent to
current deaf-blind members to vote on eight board positions.

Elections Committee Chairperson

The AADB Board of Directors has approved Blaise Delahoussaye, a resident of Maryland and a member of the Metro Washington Association of the Deaf-Blind, to be chairperson of the AADB Elections Committee. This committee is responsible for counting election ballots for the upcoming board elections.

Holiday Ideas

  • Give the gift of membership to AADB: Want to offer your family and friends a special gift this year? Buy them an AADB membership! It only costs $20 for them to join AADB. In turn, they will receive The Deaf-Blind American, discounts to AADB conferences, and join the AADB listserv. They also will have a voice on important issues in the deaf-blind community. A membership form is now up on our website, You can download this form, print it out and send it to the AADB Office. If you don't have a computer, let us know and we can mail a form to you.
  • Shop and Support AADB! Would you like more holiday gift ideas? You can go to our website at, and press on our Marketplace icon. There, you can follow instructions on how to shop and support AADB at your favorite stores.

New! Donor Form:

Please consider donating towards a stronger AADB. You can support a specific program, honor a deceased person's memory, remember someone's special occasion, and/or leave a legacy by making AADB a beneficiary in your will, trust or insurance policy. A donor form is available on our website, If you do not have access to a computer, contact us and we will send you a donor form. For more information about donating to AADB, contact Chad Metcalf at

Happy Thanksgiving!

The AADB Board of Directors and Staff wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and best wishes for the holidays ahead.

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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