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April 2007 Issue

In This Issue:

E-News Dedication: This AADB E-News is dedicated to Sophie Agardy from Michigan, a deaf-blind woman who was a long-time AADB member. She passed away on March 5th.

AADB in Action

Board of Directors Meeting: The AADB Board of Directors will have their spring meeting on April 13-15, 2007 in Brooklyn, MI. For more information, contact the AADB Office (contact information is at the end of this newsletter).

Board of Directors Elections: The AADB Board of Directors election is going on now. If you are an Active (Deaf-Blind) member and haven’t already sent in your ballot, you have until May 1st to get your votes in. Results will be announced in June.

Special Feature on Interpreting: The April-June 2007 Deaf-Blind American will focus on interpreting for deaf-blind people. The magazine will feature tips on how to use interpreters, highlight video relay interpreting, and include a resource list of helpful articles. If you are not already a member, please consider joining AADB to receive this magazine! A membership form is available online at, or contact the AADB Office to receive a form.

Pictures, Pictures! We always need pictures to add to our publications and website. If you have pictures of interpreting or different communication methods related to deaf-blindness that you would like to share with us, please send them to us at, or mail them to the AADB Office. 

American Red Cross: Elizabeth Spiers, Director of Information Services, and Randall Pope, AADB Webmaster, attended a meeting held by the American Red Cross in late March where they and other disability advocates discussed ways to make the American Red Cross’s website more accessible. Suggestions they made included creating a text only section, and providing informational materials in multiple formats (html, text, MS Word, PDF) so they could reach a wide audience who have different format needs.

Upcoming Exhibits and Workshops: Chad Metcalf, Outreach Coordinator, and interns Laura McNair and Nina Winiarczyk will have exhibits at Gallaudet University on April 9, 11, and 18 from 11 am to 4 pm. Laura McNair is giving three workshops: one on deaf-blind interpreting on April 11, another on communication on April 18, and a two-part workshop on deaf-blind culture and the community on April 23 and 25. For more information, contact the AADB Office.

Elizabeth Spiers will present about AADB at the Maryland Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Extravaganza in Baltimore, MD on April 14th. Also, she and Chad Metcalf will staff an exhibit there.

Last, but not least, Elizabeth Spiers and Chad Metcalf will represent AADB at a Brown Bag Lunch in Lanham, MD on April 20th, where Ms. Spiers will present on SSPs. The Brown Bag Lunch is a networking occasion for service providers in Maryland to meet and learn about new services.

Staff News: We want to share the personal accomplishments of two staff members: Erin Kline, Administrative Assistant, and Andrea Hoag, Bookkeeper.

Erin recently passed the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) at the Community College of Baltimore County with a score of a 3.3. A score of a 2.0 is required to move on into the core Interpreting classes and a 2.5 is required to graduate with Interpreter Certification.

Andrea is a talented musician and, along with music colleagues, created a music CD, which was nominated for the Best Traditional World Music Album category in the 49th Annual Grammy Awards. They did not win, but it was a thrilling adventure to be with top musicians and a high honor to be nominated.

Way to go, Erin and Andrea!

New! Resources

From time to time, we will list useful resources such as technology, books, websites, and other services. If you have information on resources to share with us, please contact us at the AADB Office.

World’s Largest Online Library: is the world’s largest online bookstore. Its mission is to increase accessibility of print materials to those with visual impairments, mobility impairments and learning disabilities. Books can be downloaded onto your computer and read in Braille, large print, and voice. For more information, go to

Schedule of Events:

  • World Conference on Deaf-Blindness: The Fourteenth Deafblind International World Conference will be held in Perth, Australia in September 2007. For more information, and to register, go to
  • Emergency Preparation: In May, the Virginia Departments of Health, Emergency Management and Deaf and 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.
  • Deaf-Blind Access of the South (DBAS) has had a change of dates.  DBAS will have a camp for deaf-blind people on September 25-30, 2007.  The old dates were from October 2 to 7, 2007.  Contact Frank Levine, email:, or Bob Green, email:  People can also write to: DBAS, 3037 Millstone Court, Austell, GA 30106.
  • Senior Adult Program: Helen Keller National Center in Long Island, NY will hold two seminars designed for older adults with hearing and vision loss in 2007. For more information, contact Dora Carney, Admissions Coordinator, 516-944-8900 Voice/TTY, 516-944-8637 TTY; Helen Keller National Center, 141 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point, NY, 11050.

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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