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NFADB Regional Director and Texas Deafblind Family Leader

By Yolonda Scarlett, Parent, Coppell, Texas

Abstract: Meet the new National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB) Region 6 Regional Director and learn more about this national organization for families focusing on issues surrounding deafblindness.

Key Words:Family, deafblind, National Family Association for Deaf-Blind, Region 6 NFADB

My name is Yolonda Scarlett. I am the parent of a nine-year-old son who is deafblind with multiple disabilities and has a diagnosis of Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS). Recently, I have been appointed as the Regional Director for Region 6 with the National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB). Region 6 includes the states of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and New Mexico.

NFADB is the largest national network of families focusing on issues surrounding deafblindness. NFADB supports national policies to benefit people who are deafblind and works with national projects such as DB-LINK, the National Technical Assistance Consortium (NTAC), the National Coalition on Deaf-Blindness and the American Association of Deaf-Blind (AADB). NFADB supports families by sharing information related to deafblindness, provides resources and referrals and publishes a tri-annual newsletter that addresses topics and activities of interest to parents and family members. Also, NFADB collaborates with professionals to strengthen consumer and family representation.

NFADB has divided the nation into ten regions. Each region is represented by a Regional Director. Regional Directors serve as resources to families and professionals in their region. The Regional Director also represents their region on the NFADB Board while representing NFADB in their region. The Regional Director is a liaison position connecting the NFADB to coordinators, directors and others in leadership positions within their region to seek and share information relating to deafblindness.

As families, we are each other's greatest resource! By working together, we can help to improve the quality of life for families and people who are deafblind all over the country. I am looking forward to the opportunity to get to know other families on the state and national levels. For additional information on NFADB or if you would like to become a member of NFADB, please contact me at yoscarlett@hotmail.com.

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