Websites and Agencies

Websites

DB-Link DB-Link is the information service of the National Center on Deaf-Blindness. This link to the  library section has lots of information arranged by topic.

Deaf-Blind Perspectives is the quarterly publication of the National Center on
Deaf-Blindness.

California Deafblind Services Newsletter is published twice a year and usually contains articles on a certain topic. This archive allows you to view the topics and article titles of past issues.

Literacy for Children with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss is a website developed by the National Center for Deaf-Blindness to provide information on teaching literacy skills to children who are deaf-blind.

Perkins School for the Blind teaching resources has webcasts, articles and
tools for literacy developed at the Hilton Perkins Deafblind Program.

See/Hear is a publication of the Texas Deafblind Project. The archive lets you search for articles by topic.

Texas Deafblind Project Materials on Deafblindness From the Texas School for the Blind website, this is a comprehensive list of materials on deafblindness.

 

Agencies or Programs

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
AFB’s mission is to enable people who are blind or visually impaired to achieve equality of access and opportunity that will ensure freedom of choice in their lives. AFB accomplishes this mission through agency-wide program initiatives and through the delivery of a wide variety of products and services. Phone: (800) 232-5463, in Georgia: (404) 525-2303

American Association for the Deaf-Blind (AADB)
AADB is a national consumer advocacy organization for people who have combined hearing and vision impairments. It is open to all persons who are deafblind and individuals directly concerned with their well being, including spouses, children, friends and health professionals. AADB provides technical assistance to persons who are deaf-blind, families, educators, and service providers through direct onsite assistance to consumers at the adult level in the subject areas of community living, curriculum, social skills, and technology. Annual Dues are $15.00.
Phone: Voice (800) 735-2258, TTY: (301) 588-6545

CHARGE Syndrome Foundation is a group dedicated  to providing support to individuals with CHARGE syndrome and their families; to gather, develop, maintain and distribute information about CHARGE syndrome; and to promote awareness and research regarding its identification, cause and management.. Contact:  (800) 442-7604          Email: info@chargesyndrome.org

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC)
This national organization provides advocacy, assessment, consultation, community education, family support, professional training workshops, information, referral, and support groups. The National Center is in Sands Point, NY – (516) 944-8900, www.hknc.org. Georgia contact: Barbara Chandler Posner (678)826-9174, barbara.chandler@hknc.org

National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)
NCDB is a national technical assistance and dissemination center for children and youth who are deaf-blind. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), NCDB works collaboratively with families, federal, state and local agencies to provide technical assistance, information and personnel training. Phone: 800.438.9376 TTY: 800.854.7013, www.nationaldb.org

National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB)
The National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB) is a non-profit, volunteer-based family association. Our philosophy is that individuals who are deaf-blind are valued members of society and are entitled to the same opportunities and choices as other members of the community. We are the largest national network of families focusing on issues surrounding deaf blindness. Telephone 800.255.0411, email to:  nfadb@aol.com, website: www.nfadb.org

State Agencies and Organizations – Vision and Hearing Loss

Atlanta Area School for the Deaf (AASD)
AASD is a state operated day school for students with hearing impairments and students with hearing impairments who have special needs. AASD enrolls students from three to twenty-one years of age who reside in the Atlanta metropolitan area and who are referred by local educational agencies. AASD houses the INSITE program. Phone: (404) 296-7101.

Center for the Visually Impaired
Provides a range of services from infants to adults with visual impairments, including early intervention, school age summer programs, and rehabilitation programs that include assistive technology, braille, independent living, orientation and mobility, and vocational training. The infant/ preschool program is the BEGIN Program (Babies Early Growth Intervention Network). BEGIN serves over sixty families each year with a variety of services. Infants and their families receive a home based program if the family lives in the greater Atlanta area.  www.cviga.org
Phone: (404) 875-9011.

Georgia Academy for the Blind (GAB) Located in Macon, GAB is a state operated residential (5-day) school for students with visual impairment and blindness. The school operates programs for primary and secondary academics, vocational education and has a program for students with multiple disabilities.
School Office Phone: 478.751.6085

Georgia Association for the Deaf-Blind (GADB)
GADB exists to provide information, support and advocacy that empowers and improves the quality of life of deaf-blind people. GADB provides: workshops, information, recruitment of SSP’s/ interpreters, provide resources, social/recreational opportunities, and provide leadership training for individuals who are deaf-blind. Contact Frank Levine: Email: FRANKLEVINE@ATLANTABRAILLERREPAIR.COM TTY: 770-270-1537

Georgia Council for the Hearing Impaired (GACHI)
GACHI provides services to deaf, hard of hearing, and late-deafened adult Georgians and other individuals or groups with whom they interact. They provide information and make referrals to various agencies, as well as provide counseling services, crisis intervention, and drug and alcohol evaluations and referrals. Assessments, consultations, and evaluations are also provided. GACHI is involved in community outreach and education through workshops, seminars, and presentations to professionals, community agencies, and the general public.
Phone (404) 292-5312 , (800) 541-0710 TDD/V

Georgia Parent Infant Network for Education Services (Georgia PINES) A statewide early intervention program, for families of children birth to five years of age with a diagnosed hearing impairment and/or a visual impairment. Families receive information and training to assist their children to develop to their potential across all areas of development. All services are free to Georgia PINES families. For more information on Georgia PINES : www.gapines.info.   Program Manager – Alice Stanley, (404) 298-4882 | E-mail astanley@doe.k12.ga.us

Georgia Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped 
This facility provides general library service to eligible readers as part of the network of libraries cooperating with the Library of Congress, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. It is a regional library supplying talking books, braille books, cassettes, taped books, talking book machines, and cassette machines. Additionally, this facility coordinates talking book centers in 13 public libraries. Phone: (404) 756-4619.

Georgia Relay Service The Georgia Relay Service is a free public service for local phone calls for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind or speech disabled. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Georgia Relay allows for communication between people with hearing or speech disabilities and standard telephone users primarily through use of one of four methods: a traditional Relay (text telephone) call, Internet Relay, CapTel telephone or Video Relay Service (VRS). To make a traditional Georgia Relay call, just dial 7-1-1.

Georgia School for the Deaf (GSD)
Georgia School for the Deaf is located in the northwest part of the state in Cave Springs. GSD, established in 1846, was the eleventh residential school for the deaf in the United Sites. The residential program serves children ages 4 to 21. Day school admission is available to students ages 3 to 21. Eligible students must have a measured audiometric hearing loss of 55dB or greater in the better ear.
Phone: (800) 497-3371, (706) 777-2200

iCanConnectGA   is the Georgia National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program that provides communications technology free of charge to low-income people of all ages who have combined vision and hearing loss.  For information visit: http://gachi.org/icanconnectga-program/, or contact Kenneth Williams, (678) 235-3411  kwilliams@gachi.org