What we do

The mission of NFADB is to empower the voices of families of individuals who are deaf-blind and to advocate for their unique needs.

Every person who is deaf-blind has unique abilities, goals and needs. This is true for families also.  To address the uniqueness of deaf-blindness, we work side by side with families, friends and professionals to provide the following services.

ADVOCAcy 

"Family voices are heard"

Advocate for all families with individuals who are deaf-blind regardless of the individual’s age, cause of deaf-blindness, or cognitive ability. 

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foster family-to-family relationships

"they are not alone"

    “It takes a village,” could never be more true than when you’re raising a child who is deaf-blind. We all need other families, professionals and community members to turn to for support, advice and sometimes a good laugh.  Some people like to email, others like to use Facebook, and some just want to pick up the phone and speak to a real person. NFADB uses several strategies to help people build connections.

    • Family to Family Community Project
    • HKNC National Community of Practice
    • Membership Forum
    • FaceBook Community

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      PROMOTE PARTNERSHIPS

      "NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES"

        NFADB has developed collaborative relationships with many state and national organizations focused on deafness, blindness, and deaf-blindness. Through these relationships, we partner to collaborate on projects, provide referrals and share valuable resources with families. Thank you to the following partners, friends, and financial supporters. Partners with a key icon indicate a partner that is a financial supporter and KEY to our success

        • Promote a strong national Affiliate Network (any association or group organized and led by families with individuals who are deaf-blind is eligible)
        • Partner with the Affiliate Network to improve opportunities and services for families
        • Provide a unified voice that supports and advocates for national policies
        • Promote partnerships at local, state, and national levels
        • Partner with national organizations to build strong service systems
        • Bring family and professionals voices to researchers and state/national discussions concerning deaf-blindness

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        Provide information and resources

        "Information and Resources"

        NFADB strives to provide current, useful information and resources in manageable amounts. Most of our resources are available via email blasts to members, online through this website, or our Facebook page. You can access them at  your convenience. 

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        OFFER TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

        "Training opportunities"

        We share timely announcements of upcoming events, i.e., webinars, trainings, conference calls, and national conferences.  


        Deaf-Blind Awareness

        NFADB has conversations with family members, individuals who are Deaf-Blind, and professionals that work with individuals who are Deaf-Blind.  We produce and distribute these various conversations as podcasts to increase awareness of the impact of living with Deaf-Blindness.

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        Build Family Leaders

        Families of children with disabilities prove time and time again they have the power to make a difference. Historically, the efforts of family members were the primary reason children with disabilities moved out of institutions and into schools and their communities. It is the power and persistence of families that allows individuals with disabilities to become full members of society. Below you will find quotes from family leaders who made a difference in their own child’s life, in the lives of other families, or within organizations or systems. We hope you will find inspiration and ideas for your own leadership activities.

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        expand your family network

        From November 1 through December 31, 2019, NFADB is offering a 25% discount to celebrate our 25th anniversary!

        We hope you take advantage of this offer!

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        Our Partners


        Helen Keller National Center

        National Center on Deaf-Blindness

        Perkins School for the Blind


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        Our work is supported by organizations and individuals like you.  Support our work


        OUR MISSION

        NFADB exists to empower the voices of families with individuals who are deaf-blind and advocate for their unique needs.

        PHONE OR FAX

        Phone: 800.255.0411
        Fax: 516.883.9060

        MAILING ADDRESS

        PO Box 1667
        Sands Point, NY 11050

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