American Association of the Deaf-Blind

October 2009

AADB In Action

Schedule of Events Correction

AADB in Action

Fall Board Meeting

The AADB Board of Directors will have its fall board meeting on Saturday, November 21st and Sunday, November 22nd from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. This meeting will occur via conference call and video relay services. We appreciate the generosity of CallVRS in sponsoring our board meeting. CallVRS also operates DBVRS. To find out more about Call VRS, visit

A New Secretary on AADB Board

The AADB Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Debby Lieberman as the new Secretary on AADB's Board of Directors. Ms. Lieberman is not "new" to AADB. Many of you may know her as AADB's exhibit chairperson in past AADB conferences. She hails from New Mexico and is a strong supporter of both Northern California and New Mexico's deaf-blind communities. Welcome aboard, Debby!

AADB Fall Fundraiser

Join us for a wonderful dining experience at Maggiano’s Restaurant in Chevy Chase, MD, just outside of Washington, DC, on Thursday, November 12th from 6pm to 10pm. We are excited to have a special guest speaker: Mike May, subject of the bestselling book Crashing Through and CEO of Sendero Group, maker of the Braille GPS.

This fundraiser will bring together numerous corporations, individuals and organizations who have demonstrated an extraordinary level of support for AADB's advocacy efforts. The focus will be on accessible technology which enable deaf-blind people to be independent and productive members of society.

Admission is $50 per person. Tickets need to be purchased in advance by October 30, 2009. Space is limited, so buy your tickets soon. To purchase tickets, request interpreters, or for more information, please contact Special thanks to Enabling Technology, Maryland Relay, Polaris Engineering and Sorenson Communications for making this event possible.

Lord & Taylor’s Benefit Bash

Just in time for holiday shopping - you are invited to Lord & Taylor’s Benefit Bash at The Mall in Columbia, Maryland to help raise money for AADB. This will take place on Tuesday, November 10th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. This event enables local non-profit organizations, like AADB, to raise thousands of dollars.

Tickets to this benefit bash enable you to get one 20% off coupon to be used on one item and one 15% sales pass to be used all day long on purchases. Tickets are $5 each and if you buy 4 tickets, you get a 5th for FREE! 100% of the proceeds from tickets sold go straight to AADB. You can go shopping the weekend before and hold your selections for pickup on the 10th so the discounts can be applied to your purchases. For more information regarding this event or if you would like to purchase tickets, you can contact Katie Logan at the AADB office. Shop til you drop for AADB!

Ohio Deaf-Blind Association Conference

Randy Pope, Webmaster and Public Relations Specialist, was the keynote speaker at the annual conference of the Ohio Association of the Deaf-Blind in September, where approximately 70 people attended. He presented on “What Makes a Good Leader.” He also received an award of recognition for his outstanding work in advocating for deaf-blind people. Congratulations, Randy!

New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative (NYDBC) Advisory Board

Jamie Pope serves as a member of the NYDBC Advisory Board. Their first face-to-face meeting was held at Queens College last month. The Advisory Board is comprised of an array of professionals, parents and consumers throughout New York state that all have experience and knowledge regarding the needs of children and youth (ages birth to 21) who are deaf-blind. The purpose of the group is to provide input and insight into the direction of the NYDBC as it moves forward in its second year of the grant (the second year of a five year grant). The NYDBC strives to provide technical assistance on multiple levels that are in accordance to the objectives outlined in their grant proposal. The Advisory Board will maintain contact with the NYDBC throughout the year and meet face-to-face on an annual basis. For more information on the NYDBC please go to:

Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) Advisory Board

Jamie Pope, Executive Director, was in Kentucky the beginning of October for the DCMP Advisory Board activities at the National Media Market. She co-presented to buyers, distributors and producers on how blind and visually impaired, deaf and hard of hearing, and deaf-blind children access educational media with captions and descriptions, and why it is important for them to have this access.

Along with other advisory board members, she networked with others and visited exhibits to advocate for access for everyone who can benefit from captions and descriptions. In addition, she evaluated some media for recommendation to be captioned and described by DCMP. For more information about DCMP and the available described and captioned educational media, visit

Helen Keller Unveiling Ceremony

In October, Dan Arabie, President, attended the unveiling ceremony of the statue of Helen Keller on behalf of AADB and to network with others attending the event. The unveiling, which took place in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, was headed by the Congressional delegation from Alabama, Ms. Keller’s home state. Dignitaries such as Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, Alabama Governor Bob Riley, several Majority Leaders from Congress, and Carl Augusto, executive director of the American Foundation for the Blind, also attended and spoke at the event. Keller Johnson Thompson, Helen Keller’s great-niece, also attended the unveiling.

The statue, which shows Helen Keller as a young girl holding her hand under a water pump, was placed in the Capitol for public viewing. The statue will become part of the National Statuary Hall Collection, which is comprised of two statues from each state to honor notable men and women from these states.

Schedule of Events Correction

Deaf-Blind Panel Presentation

The date given for the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind’s Deaf-Blind Awareness Day is incorrect. It will take place on October 29, not October 27. There will be a panel presentation on the topic "Deaf-Blind Leaders Can Make a Difference" that day from 9 am to 2 pm at the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind. For more information, contact Joann Rushing or Mindy Joy Mayer; Phone: 312-666-1331; TTY: 312-421-4788 Videophone: 866-675-0924, or email). We apologize for any inconvenience that this has caused.

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