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CDB coordinates and provides technical assistance and services at state and national levels to improve the lives of people who are deaf-blind, their families, and those who serve them.

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Understanding What Shapes Us: Building a National TA Network

Jun 23, 2015

Jay Gense

NCDB, the National Center on Deaf-Blindness, has been charged, in collaboration with State Deaf-Blind Projects, to create a national system of technical assistance to support the educational needs of children who are deaf-blind.  In this most recent blog post, former NCDB Project Director, Jay Gense, talks both demographic and educational trends and why a networked approach to services is a must. 

Read the entire post here.

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Meet the New Director of the Center on Deaf-Blindness - Dr. Linda McDowell

Apr 14, 2015

Dr. Linda McDowellOn February 16, 2015, just two weeks after her arrival at TRI, I sat down with Dr. Linda McDowell to learn about the woman who now serves as the Director of TRI's Center on Deaf-Blindness (CDB). Housed within the Center on Deaf-Blindness are the Oregon Deaf-Blind Project and the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB). Included in her position as Director of TRI's CDB is the responsibility of serving as Executive Director of NCDB - which coordinates and serves deaf-blind projects in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Island nations.It was fascinating to learn how she found her passion in the field of Deaf-Blindness.

It was fascinating to learn how she found her passion in the field of Deaf-Blindness.

Here is the 16-minute video interview with Dr. McDowell. Below the video, you will find a full transcript of the interview, for those who prefer to read the content, and the video is Closed Captioned. Please help us welcome Dr. McDowell. Enjoy!

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NCDB to Host Deaf-Blind Summit in July 2015

Jan 5, 2015

The National Center on Deaf-Blindness will host a live Deaf-Blind Summit meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 21-22, 2015. The tentative meeting location is Salt Lake City, UT.

A planning committee, including representatives from several Deaf-Blind Projects, will assist in crafting an agenda that offers an opportunity for identification and implementation of concrete strategies for moving our National Deaf-Blind TA Network forward toward improved service for children and youth who are deaf-blind. Planning will begin early in 2015.

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The National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) at TRI Announces a New Director

Feb 20, 2015

Dr. Linda McDowell

The National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Linda McDowell as the new Executive Director.  Dr. McDowell's expertise in deaf-blindness includes serving as the Administrative Director of the Mississippi Deaf-Blind Project since 1999, authoring numerous publications, presentations at the international, national and state level, and extensive service on national and statewide committees representing deaf-blindness as well as other low incidence disabilities.

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Learning Basic Rights about Special Education A National Webinar for Spanish Speaking Parents

Nov 8, 2014

The New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative (NYDBC), California Deaf-Blind Services (CDBS), National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) and the National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB) are sponsoring a special webinar for families who speak Spanish to help them understand in their own language, important issues about the IEP process and how to advocate for appropriate services for their children with a dual sensory impairment. More on this story.

Please share and distribute this announcement to those families who might benefit from participating in this webinar. If additional information is needed, please contact Myrna Medina ( or Clara Berg (

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The Skillful Use of Hands and Touch with Children who are Deafblind

Sep 19, 2014

The Skillful Use of Hands and Touch with Children who are Deafblind - September 19, 2014

Barbara Miles, M.A., M.Ed., National - International Specialist in Deafblindness, will discuss the significance of touch and cultural differences, the function of hands, and a variety of techniques to use. For more information, please download the flyer here.

Space is limited. Please register SOON!

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