American Association of the Deaf-Blind

April 30, 2009

Spotlight on the Deaf-Blind Community

The Sight and Sound Impaired Social Group in St. Louis

Mary Hale

Photo Caption: Mary Hale

By Beth Jordan

There is a new social group in St. Louis! Itís official. The Sight and Sound Impaired Social Group in St. Louis (SASISTL) held their first meeting on January 17, 2009. Read the full details about SASISTL...

Staying Strong in Silence

Budget cuts remove support for deaf-blind individuals

Glenn Lavalee

Photo Caption: Glenn Lavallee

By Daniel Castro

GARDNER - Struggling for sight, this reporter could barely make out the hazy outline of the figures in front of him, and with their voices barely audible, all sense of where he was and how to communicate his discomfort quickly diminished.

It was the most vulnerable this reporter has ever felt, and this is what deaf-blind individuals face every day of their lives. To see more of this article...

Deaf-Blind Authors

We now have two deaf-blind authors of note: John Lee Clark of St. Paul, MN, and Scott Stoffel of Arlington, VA. To see what these authors published...

Schedule of Events

Workshop on Deaf-Blind Communicator

The Perkins School for the Blind, near Boston, Massachusetts, will be hosting a workshop on May 5, 2009 on the Deaf-Blind Communicator (DBC). The DBC allows face-to-face communication, TTY, SMS text messaging and many modern options for communication. Contact Michelle Kamberalis at or call 978-462-3817 for more information.

Deaf-Blind Mountain Climber to Speak

Bill Barkeley, who has Usher Syndrome, is a successful mountain climber and runs a program training others to do similar physical adventures. He will be speaking about his experiences on May 7, 2009 in North Canton, OH, at an event sponsored by the Ohio Special Education Audiology Coalition to celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month. For more information, contact Carla Curran at 330-492-8136, ext. 357 Voice, or via email,

Indiana Deaf-Blind Association

The Indiana Deaf-Blind Association will be having regular educational workshops and meetings throughout the year. For more information, contact Donald Aills, President at, or Kacie Weldy, Vice-President at

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