Resource Guide: DEAF BLIND

Last Updated; January 6, 2014

Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI)

45 Commerce Drive
150 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0150
Paul Cote
623-7956 (V)
TTY Users Call Maine Relay 711
623-7965 (FAX)

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

175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472
Stephen Perreault - Region 1 - Regional Representative
Peg Ouellette, Administrative Assistant
(617) 923-1600 (V)
(781) 257-2000 (VP)
(617) 923-1601 (FAX)
Website: Helen Keller National Center

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: HKNC Regional Representatives

Iris Network

Independence Without Fear
189 Park Avenue
Portland, ME 04102
207-774-6273 (V)
207-774-0679 (FAX)
Website: Independence-Without-Fear

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 for Deafblind Technical Assistance and Training (NEC)

175 N. Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472
Tracy Evans Luiselli, Project Director
(617) 972-7517 (V)
(617) 924-5525 (TTY)
(617) 972-7354 (FAX)
Website: New England Consortium for the Deafblind Technical Assistance and Training (NEC)

The New England Consortium for Deafblind Technical Assistance and Training provides technical assistance and consultation for infants, children and youth (ages 0 - 22) who are deaf blind. The NEC 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 NEC is funded by the office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) through Catholic Charities of Maine.

Dual-Sensory Impaired/Loss Resources

Portland, ME
Patty Sarchi
771-8885 (V)

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.