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February Issue

In This Issue:

Stephen Wenzler

E-News Dedication: This month's AADB E-News is dedicated to Stephen Wenzler, who passed away in November 2006 on his 42nd birthday. Mr. Wenzler participated in several listservs, and frequently advised other deaf-blind people about the latest in computer technology. Mr. Wenzler also loved to ride on roller coasters and spent his free time visiting nearby amusement parks.

AADB in Action

  • Board Elections Coming Up! Fourteen people are competing for eight slots currently open on the AADB Board of Directors. They are: Dan Arabie (LA), Robert Blumenau (WA), Melanie Bond (AZ), Mark Gasaway (GA), Jill Gaus (MI), Timothy Jackson (SD), Patti Lago-Avery (NY), Maricar Marquez (NY), Paul Richard McGann (PA), Melvia Nomeland, (MD), Janet Sand (MD), Tom Sprinkle (CA), Emily Vera (CA), and Dorothy Walt (WA). Ballots will be sent out to all current Active (deaf-blind) members by March 1st. Ballots must be postmarked by May 31st and sent to the AADB Office to be counted. Winners will be announced in early June. We wish all the candidates the best of luck!
  • RID/AADB Task Force on Deaf-Blind Interpreting: The RID-AADB Task Force on Deaf-Blind Interpreting has a full slate of members. They are: Susanne Morgan-Morrow, Co-chair, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Representative; Rhonda Jacobs, Co-chair, AADB Representative; Lee Clark, deaf-blind, AADB board member; Jill Gaus, deaf-blind, AADB board member; Jelica Nuccio, deaf-blind, Executive Director, Deaf-Blind Service Center, Seattle; Michelle Moore, National Alliance of Black Interpreters; Wanda Newman, RID Cultural Diversity in Leadership Committee; Jane Hecker-Cain, Conference of Interpreter Trainers; Richard Laurion, National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers; Laura Thomas, Deaf Interpreter; Mindy Frankel, interpreter; Richelle Frantz, interpreter. The task force will meet online soon to focus on increasing the quality, quantity and understanding of interpreters working with deaf-blind people. If you want to contribute ideas or be involved, please contact Rhonda Jacobs, AADB Task Force representative, at
  • AADB Fundraising Committee: The AADB Board of Directors has a fundraising committee under board member Jill Gaus. Committee members are Emily Vera, Adrienne Haugen, Janet Sand, Brenda Talley, Candace Strayer, Derwood O'Quinn, and AADB Liaison Jamie Pope.
    Members are contacting hotels, hearing aid companies, and cochlear implant businesses, as well as researching available grants and donations. The committee has received many good ideas from the AADB members. If you have any more ideas, please contact Jill Gaus at
  • Interns, We Love Interns! The AADB office is humming everyday with four interns this semester: two are deaf-blind, and two are deaf. We want to introduce these interns from Gallaudet University: Casey Przygoda, a senior majoring in Business Administration, who is assisting us with the office; Nina Winiarczyk, a senior majoring in Sociology, and Laura McNair, who is studying towards her MA in Deaf Studies and ASL Instruction. Both are assisting us with preparing workshops, deaf-blind awareness activities and research. Also, we want to introduce Steven Evans, an intern from National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), who will soon complete a BA in Applied Computer Technology. He is assisting us with our technology needs, i.e., website and database.
  • Air Access Complaints: The Department of Transportation has its 2006 Report to Congress on Disability-Related Air Travel Complaints Received by Carriers in Calendar Year 2005. It is posted on:
    You can also write to Blane Workie, Aviation Civil Rights Compliance Branch, Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Aviation Enforcement and Proceeding, 400 7th Street, SW, Room 10100, Washington, D.C. 20590; 202- 366-9345 Voice;
  • Accessible Security at San Diego Airport: San Diego Airport in California has safety manuals and large print and Braille cards containing questions asked at security checkpoints. Tim Joniec at the San Diego Airport interviewed Angie Llera, an AADB member, on TV in November 2006 about using the cards. She said she preferred the large print cards and felt more secure after using them. Kudos to San Diego airport for taking the lead in communication access with deaf-blind travelers!

Schedule of Events:

  • Board of Directors Meeting: The AADB Board of Directors will have its spring meeting on April 13 to 15, 2007, in Brooklyn, MI. For more information, please contact the AADB Office.
  • Deaf-Blind Awareness Workshops: Laura McNair, an intern at AADB, will give three workshops on deaf-blind awareness this spring at Gallaudet University on how to become an interpreter for deaf-blind people, how deaf-blind people communicate, and the deaf-blind community and its culture.
  • Emergency Preparation: The Virginia Departments of Health, Emergency Management and Deaf & Hard of Hearing are co-sponsoring workshops for deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing Virginians and emergency personnel. Contact Becky McCabe, Roanoke City Health Department .515 Eighth Street, SW Roanoke, VA 24016,; 540-857-7600, ext. 129, Voice.
  • Conference on Deaf and Hard of Hearing, At-Risk and Deaf-Blind Students: Gallaudet University, the Texas Division of Rehabilitative Services, and the Texas Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will have a conference on deaf and hard of hearing students, at-risk students, and deaf-blind students on March 28-30 in Houston, TX. Contact Theresa Johnson at 713-744-6391 Voice, or at

Special DBA Issues Coming Soon: The January-March 2007 issue of our quarterly magazine, The Deaf-Blind American, focuses on support service providers. The April-June 2007 issue will highlight interpreting for people who are deaf-blind. If you are not yet an AADB member, please consider joining to receive these special issues. For more information and a membership form, please go to our website at, or contact the AADB Office.

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

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