American Association of the Deaf-Blind

A New Beginning



August 2007 Edition

In This Issue:

Become an AADB Lifer!

Four months left before the deadline to be a lifetime member of AADB! We can accept partial monthly payments as long as the full lifetime cost of $500 is paid up before December 31st. Yes, we’re making it easier than ever to be AADB lifers! Lifetime memberships are open to all individual members: deaf-blind, supporters, and international. Interested? Go to our website or contact the AADB Office for more information or a lifetime membership form.

AADB in Action

AADB Administrative Assistant

Erin Kline, who has been our administrative assistant for the past two years, has left AADB so she can pursue a master's degree in early intervention with deaf-blind babies and young children at Utah State University. We hate to see her go, but wish her all the best of luck, and are happy to see she is continuing her work in the deaf-blindness field. She asked that we pass on her email address for people who wish to contact her: Good luck, Erin!

Hispanic/Latino Committee Update

AADB Board member Emily Vera is chair of the Hispanic/Latino Committee (HLC), whose purpose is to reach out to Hispanics and Latinos who have both vision and hearing loss. She has selected four wonderful people to serve on the committee: Tony Barraza, Debby Lieberman, Randy Pope, and Tamara Ward. More news coming soon!

National Task Force on Deaf-Blind Interpreting Update

Members of the National Task Force on Deaf-Blind Interpreting held their first face-to-face meeting on August 2 and 3, 2007, just prior to the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf conference in San Francisco, CA. They discussed current and effective practices in deaf-blind interpreting and interpreter education during the meeting. They will be gathering information on educational programming and law; current literature, curricula, materials and research; effective practices in deaf-blind interpreting; they also will perform a needs assessment. For more information, please contact Rhonda Jacobs, co-chair (AADB), at, or Susie Morgan-Morrow, co-chair (RID), at

Strategic Plan Survey Results

Earlier in the summer, AADB sent out a strategic plan survey to its deaf-blind members to see what top goals for programs and services members want to see happening. The results are in! Top three goals are: Support Service Providers, advocacy and awareness, and technology. Next, AADB staff will develop project ideas under each of these three goals for the AADB Board to review and approve. Thanks to our deaf-blind members who took the time to fill out the survey!

Presentations and Outreach

Jamie Pope, Executive Director, co-presented on deaf-blind culture and self-determination at the Nebraska Deaf-Blind Summer Institute in July. In early August, she attended the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf national conference in San Francisco, where she networked for AADB and co-facilitated a forum on deaf-blind interpreting. Chad Metcalf, Outreach Coordinator, and Erin Kline staffed an AADB exhibit at the RID conference, which was very successful. They were assisted by AADB board members Emily Vera. Lee Clark, and Tom Sprinkle, and by AADB members Jill Sprinkle and Rossana Reis. Around 400 people visited the exhibit and asked many questions about AADB, the deaf-blind community, and interpreting for deaf-blind consumers.

AADB Fall Board Meeting

AADB will be having a board meeting October 26th - 28th at the DeSales Conference Center in Brooklyn, Michigan. The meeting is open to the public, except when an executive session is called by the President. Visitors are responsible for bringing their own lunch, refreshments, and interpreters if unable to access the platform and voice interpreters. If you plan to attend, please contact the AADB Office at so we can be sure there are enough chairs for everyone.

Special Magazine on Senior Adults with Dual Hearing and Vision Loss

The July - September 2007 issue of The Deaf-Blind American will feature the challenges senior adults with dual vision and hearing loss experience. Our magazines are a membership benefit. If you are not already a member of AADB, become one today and receive this special magazine on the older population. Just go to our website at and click on the membership link to print out and mail us a membership form with dues payment. Or contact the AADB Office to request a membership form.

Jack Wright Memorial Scholarship Fund

Our special magazine featuring senior adults with hearing and vision loss is dedicated to Jack Wright. Inside the magazine there will be brochures on the Jack Wright Memorial Scholarship Fund that the family and AADB set up in his memory. The purpose of this fund is to give financial assistance to deaf-blind delegates to attend AADB's national conferences they could not otherwise afford. If you would like to make a contribution in Jack Wright's memory, You can: use the brochure from the magazine, visit our website to obtain a form (coming in September), contact the AADB Office for a donor form or, if sending a check, write on the check memo line "Jack Wright".

Position Available - Director of Development

Know of anyone experienced with raising funds successfully? Please help spread the word that AADB has a position opening for Director of Development. AADB is growing and doing more services and programs to ensure that deaf-blind individuals reach their maximum potential through increased independence, productivity, and integration into the community. In order to maintain our activities, including national conferences, we need someone on staff to direct fundraising efforts. The full job announcement is available on

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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