Resource Guide: DEAF BLIND & DUAL SENSORY IMPAIRED

Last Updated; June 19, 2018

Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI)

45 Commerce Drive
150 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0150
Brenda Drummond
623-7954 (V)
TTY Users Call Maine Relay 711
287-5292 (FAX)
Email: Brenda.G.Drummond@maine.gov

DBVI provides rehabilitation, education, independent living services and training to blind and visually impaired consumers (including deaf blind) of all ages throughout the state.

Dual-Sensory Impaired/Loss Resources

Falmouth, ME
Patty Sarchi
771-8885 (V)
Email: psarchi@maine.rr.com

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.

Helen Keller National Center New England Region Office

175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472
Charlotte "Dee" Spinkston, Regional Representative
Email: charlotte.spinkston@hknc.org
Peg Ouellette, Administrative Assistant
Email: peg.ouellette@hknc.org
(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

iCanConnect

The National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP)
1-800-825-4595(Voice)
1-888-320-2656 (TTY)
Disability Rights Maine-Deaf Services
1-800-639-3884 (V/TTY)
State of Maine Coordinator Scott Murray
Email: smurray@drme.org
Website: iCanConnect/maine

iCanConnect, the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP), provides free access to distance communication technologies to people with significant combined hearing and vision loss who meet federal income guidelines.

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)
Email: NEC@Perkins.org
Website: New England Consortium for the Deafblind Technical Assistance and Training (NEC)
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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.