Advocacy in the DeafBlind World (ADBW)

Designed for consumers, family members and providers, this web-based training series will increase awareness and knowledge of how to most effectively self-advocate for equal access to communication, transportation, mobility, print/media and technology application.

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Introducing Advocacy in the DeafBlind World

Communications Technology for People who are DeafBlind 

This video provides an overview of options for accessing communications technology for people who are DeafBlind. This video has been designed to be accessible to as many people as possible. We have created two versions: one has closed captioning and descriptive visual information, and the other includes a sign language interpreter.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

This is a 7-part DeafBlind friendly, accessible video series which summarizes the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Communication Cards for Community Interactions

This webinar was provided by the Helen Keller National Center in partnership with Florida and Virgin Islands Deaf-Blind Collaborative (FAVI). Learn about communication cards and what they are, how to create effective communication cards, where you might use them and more. 

Human Guide Techniques

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Human Guide Techniques

Working with Individuals Who are DeafBlind: A Course for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and Other Professionals

Signs of Technology: An ASL Resource

This resource is a self-directed reference guide of signs used to describe technology. Explore the full series of videos, which are organized by category and alphabetically, and are presented in American Sign Language, voice, text and with text transcripts of how to produce the signs.

Support Service Provider (SSP) Information Video Series

This three-part instructional video series focuses on SSPs. Topics covered in this fully accessible video series include:

  • What is SSP?
  • The difference between a Personal SSP and a Professional SSP.
  • Advocating for SSPs.

Support Service Providers (SSP’s) are specially trained individuals who enable people who are DeafBlind to access their environments and make informed decisions by providing them with visual and environmental information, human guide services, and communication facilitation. 

Technology Assessment Video Series

This five-part instructional video series focuses on providing training and support to technology trainers who are working with people who are DeafBlind in an assessment or training situation. This project is in direct response to a critical need in the field of DeafBlindness for technology trainers who understand how to effectively assess and train individuals who are DeafBlind.

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Topics covered in this fully accessible video series include:

  • Preparing for the Technology Assessment
  • The Interview 
  • The Assessment
  • Writing the Report
  • Using a Technology Support Service Provider

Independent Living Video Resources

These functional video resources were created to demonstrate various tactual techniques, adaptive equipment and modifications that can be used to provide access for people who are DeafBlind and therefore increase independence in one’s home. 

Methods and Materials for Remote Braille Training of DeafBlind Individuals

This video presents the results of a case study on the success of teaching braille to DeafBlind consumers remotely during the pandemic. It outlines various cases, each requiring different solutions to best suite the DeafBlind individual. The techniques and tools used are explained in detail, providing a great resource for anyone looking to learn or teach braille remotely.

Using Technology to Increase the Independence of Older Adults with Combined Hearing and Vision Loss

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Using Technology to Increase the Independence of Older Adults with Combined Hearing and Vision Loss is a resource designed for people who provide support to older adults who have combined hearing and vision loss. This video series provides an introduction to adaptive technologies that can improve an older adult’s ability to communicate with others and live independently. For more information about the Helen Keller National Center Older Adult Program, contact Jenee Alleman-Goodman, Older Adult Specialist:

Haptic Communication To Facilitate Braille Instruction For DeafBlind Adults

This presentation describes a research study designed to demonstrate the effectiveness of using Haptics during braille instruction.

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