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from the Winter 98 issue
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Do You Know About DB-LINK?

reprinted with permission from DB-LINK

DB-LINK is a federally funded information and referral service that identifies, coordinates, and disseminates (at no cost) information related to children and youth who are deaf-blind (ages 0 to 21 years). Four organizations have pooled their expertise into a consortium-based clearinghouse. This collaborative effort utilizes the expertise and resources of: American Association of the Deaf-Blind, Helen Keller National Center, Perkins School for the Blind, and Teaching Research. DB-LINK has a web site located at http://www.tr.wou.edu/dblink/.

Who Can Use DB-LINK?

DB-LINK is available to everyone in the United States and its Territories. This includes: people who are deaf-blind, parents, researchers, educators, service providers, the general public, other professionals, employers, and other information consumers. To contact DB-LINK write, phone, fax or email to:

345 N Monmouth Ave
Monmouth, OR 97361
Voice: (800) 438-9376
TTY: (800) 854-7013
Fax: (503) 838-8150

What Information Does DB-LINK Provide?

DB-LINK provides access to a broad spectrum of information. DB-LINK responds to questions related to topics including: early intervention, parents/families, education, social support, health, employment, legal issues, technology, transition, inclusion, communication, orientation and mobility, recreational services, post-secondary education, independent living, and medical issues.

DB-LINK provides referrals to other organizations, such as: parent groups, medical centers, advocacy groups, research projects, professional consultants, colleges and universities, state deaf-blind service projects, 307.11 single & multi state grantees, and local/regional/national organizations.

What Does DB-LINK Do?

The purpose of DB-LINK is to insure that information about practices, programs, and available services are readily acccessible to children and youth in the United States who are deaf-blind and their families. They also provide information that will assist education, medical, and service personnel in their efforts to deliver comprehensive services nationwide to the approximately 10,000 infants, toddlers, children, and youth who are deaf-blind in the U.S.


DB-LINK is a regular contributor to the journal-like newsletter Deaf-Blind Perspectives. It has produced fact sheets (free of cost) on such topics as: "Communication," "Expressive Communication," "Early Interactions With Children Who Are Deaf-Blind," "Family Resource Directory -- A Developing List of National Resources," "Overview on Deaf-Blindness," "Psychological Evaluation of Children who are Deaf-Blind: An Overview with Recommendations for Practice," "Receptive Communication," and "Recreation and Leisure for Everyone." These documents are also available in large print, braille, or ascii. Contact DB-LINK for your copy.

Mailing Lists

There are two important listserves that DB-LINK notes. Although there are many listserves on the topic of deafblindness, here are two that may be of particular interest to you:

Deaf-Blind Mailing List -- The topic of this list is Deaf-Blindness. The purpose of this list is to share information, inquiries, ideas and opinions on matters pertaining to Deaf-Blindness. This list is open to professionals, persons who are deaf-blind, and to their families and friends. An archive of all messages is available. To subscribe to this list, send the following in the body of an e-mail message-- (note that "deafblnd" is the correct spelling).

SUBSCRIBE DEAFBLND firstname lastname.

Send to <listserv@tr.wou.edu> or contact Randy Klumph for assistance.

Usher's Syndrome Mailing List - The topic of this list is Usher's Syndrome. To subscribe to this list, send the following in the body of an e-mail message (leave the subject line blank).

SUBSCRIBE USHER-LIST your email address

Send to <majordomo@farside.cc.misu.nodak.edu>. For more information about the Usher's list or for assistance, contact Kathy Anderson or Lynne Krumm.

Editor's note: If you have not used DB-LINK in the past, let me encourage you to consider them in the future. They are a wonderful resource for anyone interested in learning more about deafblindness.

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