Resources for Individuals with Deafblindness
The Texas Deafblind Project is funded by a federal grant to provide information and training about deafblindness to families and the professionals who work with them. The Deafblind Outreach team provides technical assistance to families and schools involved with children with both a vision and hearing impairment. The Deafblind Outreach team also provides training directly to DBMD provider agencies. Additional information about the program can be found on the Texas Deafblind project website.
Division for Blind Services (DBS) is a division of the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). DBS staff work in partnership with Texans who are blind or visually impaired (including people who are deafblind) to get high quality jobs, live independently or help a child receive the training needed to be successful in school and beyond. Information about the program can be found on the DARS website, including a list of local DBS offices under the heading "DBS Offices in Your Area." Deafblind specialists work in partnership with DBS counselors and caseworkers to serve consumers who are deafblind. For more information, call 512-377-0566.
Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) offers a model comprehensive rehabilitation program at its New York Center. Regional HKNC representatives can refer individuals to the national HKNC. They can also provide consultation and training to provider agencies. To contact the regional representative who serves the Texas area, call 972-490-9677.
The Deaf-Blind Multihandicapped Association of Texas (DBMAT) is an organization formed by parents and professionals to improve the quality of life for all Texans who are deafblind with multiple disabilities. Parents from around the state can find peer support, encouragement and advice. The DBMD case manager can refer parents to the organization by calling the president at 432-263-1658 or by referring them to the DBMAT website and clicking on the membership tab.
The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness DB-LINK has services including an extensive library of materials and access to information specialists who are available to help answer questions. Call 1-800-438-9376 for copies of materials on the website or information specific to working with a deafblind individual.
Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program (STAP) is a voucher program that provides financial assistance for the purchase of specialized assistive equipment or services for individuals whose disability interferes with the ability to access the telephone network.