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Frequently Asked Questions About AADB

Last Updated:
Wednesday, February 11, 2009

What is AADB?

The American Association of the Deaf-Blind (AADB) is a consumer membership organization of, by and for people with combined vision and hearing loss. Membership is available to any person with a vision and hearing loss, as well as supporters such as family members, professionals, and interpreters.

What does AADB do?

AADB has a membership drive; advocacy and outreach to businesses, legislators and government entities on behalf of people with combined vision and hearing loss; two publications, The Deaf-Blind American, and “AADB Today”; and information, technical assistance and referral on deaf-blindness and its related topics. Also, we have two special projects: the National Task Force on Deaf-Blind Interpreting, and a partnership with the American Red Cross. In addition, we host national conferences where deaf-blind people and supporters from all over the country meet together For more information, you can go to the About AADB link on this website to read more about our services.

What is AADB’s mission statement?

Our mission statement is: To ensure that all deaf-blind people achieve their maximum potential through increased independence, productivity, and integration into the community.

How is AADB funded?

We receive funding through grants, fundraising activities, tax-deductible donations, and membership fees.

How many members does AADB have?

Right now, AADB has approximately 750 members. Members are deaf-blind individuals, family members, professionals, interpreters and SSPs, and anyone who is interested in supporting the deaf-blind community. If you wish to become a member, just go to the membership page on our website to print out and send us a membership form.

How did AADB start?

AADB began in 1937 as the American League for the Deaf-Blind, and was incorporated in 1940 in New Jersey. It was initially a service organization to help set up homes for deaf-blind people, and later, provided Braille to print and print to Braille transcription services, shopping services, and a Braille lending library. During the 1950s it became a membership organization, and after various name changes, was re-named the American Association of the Deaf-Blind in 1979. AADB held its first national convention in 1975 near Cleveland, Ohio. In 1984, it became a 501 (c) (3) organization.

When is the next AADB conference?

Currently, we don’t yet know when our next conference will be. We are currently investigating potential places. When we have identified a date and place, we will announce this through our publications and website.

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