National and Regional Organizations

HKNC maintains relationships with various government agencies and nonprofit organizations that serve deaf-blind individuals. Your regional representative can connect you with the best contacts at each organization.

Deaf-Blind Awareness Week

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued a presidential proclamation designating the last week of June as “Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week.” In 2016 we are celebrating Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week from June 26 to July 2. Click here to learn more.

Online Resources

Links to general information on deaf-blindness:

Links to government agencies and programs:

Links to family resources:

Links to information about common causes:

Links to information for senior citizens:

Links to information on audiology and hearing aids:


  • Professionals Serving DeafBlind Consumers (PSDBC)

PSDBC is a listserv for professionals who are working in some capacity with deaf-blind individuals. Members can be hearing, deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, blind, etc. It is also open to anyone who is training to become a PSDBC. To request membership, send a blank email to

Regional Resources

Ask your regional representative about:

  • The National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program
  • Local services and referrals
  • On-site assessment, consultation and training
  • Making connections with other individuals and families within the deaf-blind community
  • Technical assistance and in-service training
  • Plans for youth transitioning from educational programs to post-educational services
  • Educational materials and presentations about the capabilities and preferences of people with combined vision and hearing loss

If the services you need are not available in your area, you might want to consider exploring HKNC headquarters in New York as an option for assessment and training. Check out our FAQs and contact your regional representative for more information.