Chapter 7: Information Sources
Section 3: Specific Disabilities – Information Sources
American Association of the Deaf-Blind (AADB) is a national consumer organization of, by, and for deaf-blind Americans and their supporters. "Deaf-blind" includes all types and degrees of dual vision and hearing loss.
As a national technical assistance center funded by the federal Department of Education, NCDB works to improve the quality of life for children who are deaf-blind and their families.
The Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths & Adults (HKNC) offers intensive and comprehensive rehabilitation training to individuals who are deaf-blind.
HKNC Region 6: South Central
AR, LA, NM, OK, TX
P.O Box 78
East Moline, IL 61244
[email protected] (interim)
This residential facility provides adaptive skills and vocational instruction to deaf-blind youths and adults. Regional Representatives provide consultation and technical assistance to individuals with deaf-blindness and their families, as well as to educators and adult service agencies. Reps also locate needed programs and resources and handle referrals to Helen Keller National Center.
NCDB is part of a network of projects for children and youth with deaf-blindness (birth through 21) that includes state deaf-blind projects in every state, as well as Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, the Pacific Basin, and the Virgin Islands.
Oklahoma Deaf-Blind Technical Assistance Project provides technical assistance to children, families, SoonerStart, Oklahoma Public Schools, or other agencies serving students with deaf-blindness at no cost.
They provide various types of technical assistance (TA) including web conferencing, site visits, classroom observation, telephone TA, research/evidence based materials, in-service workshops, statewide training, and networking.
Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) - Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Deaf Blind Specialist
Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides advocacy, information and referral, evaluation, and guidance and counseling services for individuals who are deaf-blind and their families. Tactile, vibratory and other equipment which assists people in communicating and receiving environmental information is available.
Individuals may be referred for deaf-blind services who are legally blind (or have progressive visual disabilities that will result in legal blindness) and severe to profound hearing losses (or significant difficulties communicating in home or community settings). There are no age requirements for services; however, this program primarily serves adults.