American Association of the Deaf-Blind

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March 2006

The Deaf-Blind American (DBA)

We hope by now most of you will have received our latest issue of the Deaf-Blind American. We want to offer a new way for people to receive the DBA. It is available via email to members. If you would like to get your next issue through email, please contact us at

AADB in Action

Conference on Older Adults with Hearing and Vision Loss: AADB staffers Jamie Pope, Elizabeth Spiers and Erin Kline attended the first ever conference focusing on older adults with hearing loss: “Creating Roads to Independence for Persons Aging with Hearing and Vision Loss.” This conference was sponsored by Mississippi State University and Helen Keller National Center. More information will be coming in the next DBA.

AADB Board Meeting: The AADB Board of Directors will hold its spring board meeting on March 24-26 in Silver Spring, MD, in the Hilton Silver Spring near the AADB office. It is open to the public, except when a closed session is announced for part of the meeting. During a closed session, only board members can attend the meeting. Highlights of the board meeting will be printed in the April – June Deaf-Blind American. For more information, please contact the AADB Office:

Conference Updates

The 2006 AADB National Conference: “AADB On the Move: No Deaf-Blind Left Behind”, is rapidly approaching! Only three and a half months to go before we begin an exciting conference on June 17-23, 2006, at Towson University in Baltimore, MD.

Registration Forms: We have separate registration forms for Delegate, SSP, Observer, Family Member, Daily attendees, and Local Workers. Delegate and SSP forms are now available and can be downloaded from our website, The Delegate form can be adjusted to fit the needs of those who need larger font than 18 point bold.

Other conference registration packets for Observers, Local Workers, Family Members and Daily attendees are being finalized as we go to press. Please check our website often to get these forms when they become available. We will mail print copies upon request.

Registration Deadlines: We have been delayed with preparing Braille registration forms. Because of this, we are offering a special early bird registration deadline for Braille users only. Braille users can send in their registration by April 18, 2006 to take advantage of the early bird rate.

Other people who use large print or emailed registration forms still need to register by April 1, 2006 for the early bird deadline.

Legislative Training Deadline: We will be offering a special legislative training to deaf-blind delegates during the conference. Delegates who attend this training will also have an opportunity to visit their state legislators. The deadline to register for this legislative training is April 1, 2006. Only people who register for this training can participate. Please send your legislative registrations in today!

Office Assistant: It is overwhelming for one person to process 1,000 registration forms in time for the conference. We are pleased to announce that Mae Lynn Mullen is assisting us with processing registration forms and other office work to prepare for the conference. Mae Lynn is deaf-blind and has assisted AADB in the past. We are so grateful to have her!

Awards Nominations: Know of someone active in the deaf-blind community deserving of an award? AADB wants to recognize these outstanding individuals! Tom Sprinkle is Chair of our Awards Nominations Committee for the 2006 AADB conference. He is looking for names of people who have made a significant contribution to the deaf-blind community. People can be nominated for the awards below:

  • Laura Bridgman Memorial Award – given to an individual for outstanding achievement in meeting the challenge of deaf-blindness.
  • John J. Murphy Memorial Award – presented to an individual for effective advocacy and promotion of the interests of deaf-blind Americans.
  • Peter Salmon Memorial Award – presented to an individual for devoted and outstanding service to deaf-blind Americans.
  • AADB Special Services Award – presented to an individual for devoted and outstanding service to AADB and its special interests and goals.

People can nominate a candidate by contacting Tom Sprinkle at (pager), via email attachment to, by calling 510-797-3213 TTY, or faxing information to 510-739-6431. Deadline to submit nominations is March 31, 2006.

Calling All Exhibitors! We are looking for a variety of businesses, nonprofits, and deaf-blind crafters to display their products at our conference. Check our website on exhibit information, Or contact Debby Lieberman, Exhibits Chair, for more information at

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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