Resource Guide: DEAF BLIND & DUAL SENSORY IMPAIRED
Last Updated; June 29, 2021
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.
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.
Helen Keller National Center New England Region Office
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472
(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
The National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP)
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.
DRM Deaf-Blind Equipment Program
If you or someone you know is a Maine resident with severe combined vision and hearing loss, you or they may qualify for the NDBEDP (National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program). The program provides equipment and training at no cost to eligible individuals for the purpose of enhancing distance communication.
Examples of equipment:
- Laptop or desktop computers
- iPads or android tablets
- Computer software, such as screen readers or magnification software)
- Computer accessories including specialized keyboards, speakers, microphones, and mice
- Refreshable Braille displays (for clients who already know and use Braille)
- Amplified telephones and cellular phones
To qualify for equipment and services, applicants must submit an application and provide proof of annual income, and proof of disability by a doctor or other professional. After eligibility is confirmed, an in-home or at-work communication assessment may be conducted to find the best match of equipment and training to ensure successful communication.
For more information contact:
Scott Murray, Deaf-Blind Program Coordinator
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.