American Association of the Deaf-Blind

About AABD

The American Association of the Deaf-Blind (AADB) is a national consumer organization of, by, and for deaf-blind Americans. “Deaf-blind” does not necessarily mean totally deaf and totally blind. It is a broad term that describes people who have varying degrees and types of both vision and hearing loss together. Examples are: hard of hearing and visually impaired, deaf and tunnel vision, hard of hearing and blind, totally deaf and blind, and so forth.

Because of the diversity of deaf-blindness, our members use different communication methods, including close up signing, tactile American Sign Language (ASL), speech/lipreading, Braille, etc.

AADB has deaf-blind members from all walks of life with diverse educational, vocational, social, and ethnic/racial backgrounds. Our membership also includes many people who are not deaf-blind themselves but who support AADB’s mission and activities.

AADB offers members a quarterly publication The Deaf-Blind American (DBA). More information can be found at the The Deaf-Blind American Magazine page. We also offer a contact directory of our members and resources across the country for deaf-blind people.