Resource Guide: DEAF BLIND
Last Updated; October 25, 2012
Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI)
45 Commerce Drive
150 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0150
TTY Users Call Maine Relay 711
DBVI provides rehabilitation, education, independent living services and training to blind and visually impaired consumers (including deaf blind) of all ages throughout the state.
Helen Keller National Center New England Region Office
152 Lincoln Road
P.O. Box 266
Lincoln, MA 01773
Mary Ellen Barbiasz, Regional Representative
Peg Ouellette, Administrative Assistant
(781) 259-7100 (V/TTY)
(866) 977-9057 (VP)
(781) 259-4014 (FAX)
The Regional Representatives of HKNC are located in ten offices across the country. They are responsible for assessing the needs of individuals, communities and states within their regions; developing strategies of collaboration, coordination and cooperation to help meet those needs; and advocating for those who are deaf blind in local, state, national and international forums. Direct link to HKNC-Regional Representative page: www.hknc.org/FieldServicesREGREPADD.htm.
Independence Without Fear
189 Park Avenue
Portland, ME 04102
This program matches independent deaf-blind/dual-sensory impaired individuals with support-service provider (SSP) volunteers who are trained to provide sighted-guide services, give visual information and facilitate communication. Anyone interested in becoming a support-service provider volunteer or needing the services of a SSP should contact the Iris Network.
New England Consortium of Deaf Blind Projects (NEC)/Maine Deaf Blind Project
175 N. Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472
Tracy Evans Luiselli, Project Director
(617) 972-7517 (V)
(617) 924-5525 (TTY)
(617) 972-7354 (FAX)
The Maine Deaf Blind Project provides technical assistance and consultation for infants, children and youth (ages 0 - 22) who are deaf blind. The project partners with families, schools, Catholic Charities Maine and other state agencies to provide necessary supports and training regarding effective practice for learners who have combined vision and hearing losses. The project is funded by the office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) through Catholic Charities of Maine.
Dual-Sensory Impaired/Loss Resources
Patty Sarchi, an advocate for the individual with a dual-sensory impairment/loss, will assist with information and support to find resources that may be needed regarding the loss of sight and hearing. Communication by telephone or email is preferred.