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Copyright Guidelines

Last Updated:
Thursday, February 28, 2008


The Deaf-Blind American and AADB E-News

All publications created by AADB are owned by the AADB, including The Deaf-Blind American, AADB E-News, web-based documents, and any and all informational materials published by the AADB. This means that publishing credit is given to AADB for the publication of all articles or submissions sent to AADB.

Articles from The Deaf-Blind American and AADB E-News can be copied and distributed freely, with credit given to AADB. This can be indicated by copying the front page, with AADB’s name prominently displayed, and/or making sure that articles have the name of the publication, the volume and issue number, and publication date shown in the article (e.g., at the bottom of each page), or displayed on a website or in the body of an email.

Reprinting Articles from Other Publications

If the article is a copyrighted publication to be reprinted in The Deaf-Blind American or AADB E-News, written permission from the original publisher [or from the author if the author has retained copyrights in the article] must be obtained and a copy of such permission kept on file in the AADB Office. If the article is from a publication that is not copyrighted (such as public domain material or government publications), written permission from the author or publisher is not required.

Other organizations can freely reprint articles from The Deaf-Blind American for non-commercial use by contacting the editor for permission beforehand, and giving credit to AADB. If the article is reprinted or excerpted in another publication, it needs to state where the article was originally published, that it is an excerpt, and the AADB Office contact information.

AADB also accepts reprints from other publications, with permission obtained from and proper credit given to the publisher and/or author.

Printing or Reprinting Personal Writings

If the editor wishes to print a personal story, poem or essay in The Deaf-Blind American, the editor will contact the author of that publication for permission in writing (snail mail or email). A copy of both the request and the permission will be kept on file in the AADB Office. Copyright of the article, poem or essay belongs to the author.

If another organization wishes to reprint a personal poem, story or essay published in The Deaf-Blind American or AADB E-News, the editor will contact the author of that piece for permission, and a copy of their correspondence providing such permission will be kept on file in the AADB Office.

If an author requests that AADB not reprint his / her article, that article will not be accepted for publication.

The editor reserves the right to edit articles for content, length, grammar, DBA magazine style, and readability. Any article submitted to the DBA or E-News must represent AADB in a positive light. Any article deemed inappropriate for AADB or damaging to AADB’s image will not be accepted.

Informational Materials

Brochures or Fact Sheets:

AADB also publishes informational materials or fact sheets for the purpose of educating the public on various aspects of deaf-blindness. These informational materials can take the form of printed or web-based fact sheets for public distribution, "FAQs" or frequently asked questions posted on the AADB website and/or distributed to the public, , or other informational materials distributed via paper and/or posted on the AADB website.

Informational materials or fact sheets produced by AADB staff or volunteers belong to AADB. AADB is to be given credit for being the first to publish these informational materials. These materials can be freely copied and distributed, with credit given to AADB. This can be shown by ensuring that AADB’s name is shown prominently on the publication, either on the front page and/or on each page of the publication, along with the date of publication. If an AADB publication is posted on the AADB website, AADB asks that other organizations make a link onto their own websites. Each publication will be provided in a variety of formats so it is accessible to everyone, including PDF, html, MS Word, and plain text format. If an excerpt of a publication (web-based or print) is published in another publication, the publication needs to state where it obtained the article, that it is an excerpt, and that the complete information can be obtained from the AADB Office or its website.

Other organizations can also make a link on their own website to AADB publications.

The editor reserves the right to edit any informational piece for length, content, language, readability, appropriateness, and whether or not it conforms to AADB guidelines.

AADB uses the phrase "deaf-blind" to represent its membership. The phrase "deaf-blind" must be used in AADB publications.

Appropriate disability-specific language must be used in a publication submitted to AADB (e.g., a wheelchair user, a person with cerebral palsy).

All facts must be verified in an informational publication before being sent to the editor. Source information must be included so the editor can follow up with each source.

Reprints of informational materials can be used for distribution with permission from the author and/or publisher.


Photographs created by AADB staff and/or volunteers and used for AADB’s publications or used in another publication, are owned by AADB.

AADB will contact the person(s) being photographed ahead of time and ask for permission to use the photos in AADB’s publications, website and/or or publicity work. A copy of the release form or email granting permission will be kept on file in the AADB Office.

AADB will also ask people being photographed for permission to release their photographs to other publications or websites who request the photographs for the purpose of increasing awareness about the deaf-blind community.

If the persons do not wish to have other publications to use their photographs, these pictures will not be released. Permission will be obtained through a signed release form and/or an email giving permission. These releases will be kept on file in the AADB Office.


AADB Website:

AADB maintains an internet site,, as a service to the Internet community. The purpose of this website is to provide information for individuals and organizations. All materials are provided for personal/institutional, non-commercial use.

AADB owns the copyright in the entire compilation of, except for personal writings (poems, stories, essays, and other writings) posted on the website. Copyrights of these personal writings belong to their authors.

AADB material includes informational publications, graphics, images, text, data, audio and visual clips, and other materials. Information from the AADB website, including graphics, text, data, audio and visual clips and other materials can be quoted or used with credit given to AADB. We also ask that people create links to our website rather than making their own files and documents.

Other organizations are welcome to link their publications to our website. AADB will link to organizations that are related to its mission of providing information and services to people with dual vision and hearing loss for the purpose of providing information. AADB will not accept links for the purpose of advertising products or services. AADB reserves the right to decide what links to post on the website. If we wish to post a publication from another organization on a website, we will create links to that publication.

If people wish to excerpt one of our publications to put into something that they are publishing, we ask that they use the appropriate identifying information, state that this is an excerpt from a larger publication and give AADB’s contact information and website info for those interested in getting the complete document.

An example of a website citation is:
Bourquin et al (2006). Support Service Providers for People who are Deaf-Blind. Retrieved March 16, 2007 from the American Association of the Deaf-Blind’s website:

AADB will make every effort to ensure that website information is accessible to everyone. Information will be posted in a variety of formats, including but not limited to MS Word text, plain text, html, and PDF.

AADB will also make every effort to ensure that information posted on the web is accurate and kept to date. AADB, however, makes no warranties or guarantees regarding the data or its accuracy.

Photographs on Website

AADB will give permission for other organizations to use photographs created by AADB and posted on AADB’s website only if the photo subjects have given permission for AADB to release it to other organizations. AADB will obtain the photo subject’s permission through a letter and/or email sent to that person, or through a signed release. A copy of the email or letter giving permission will be kept on file at the AADB Office.

Personal Writings

AADB welcomes submissions of personal writings from members of the deaf-blind community and its supporters. These personal writings can take the form of poems, stories, essays, v-logs, and articles describing personal accomplishments. They can be posted up on the website at any time.

While these are not official AADB documents, AADB promotes self-expression from its members.

AADB will not accept items of an overly personal matter or writings that include profanity or other inappropriate language. AADB has the right to determine what is suitable for posting or publication, and to determine what can be posted on the website and when. AADB also has the right to edit the contents to fit space, and for suitability, language and content.

AADB reserves the right to decide what to post on the website and how long these materials can be posted on the website. Copyright belongs to the authors of these writings.

AADB will contact the author for permission beforehand if contents need to be changed for publication, and a copy of the author’s and editor’s correspondence will be kept on file in the AADB office.

Other Websites:

AADB will give credit to others when quoting other organizational websites, and/or create links to other organizational websites.

Copyright Information:

AADB will indicate its copyright information by presenting the copyright symbol © (the letter C in a circle) in a prominent place in its publications or products, such as the title page, cover, table of contents, or website page.