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January Monthly Update

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Early ID and Referral Toolbox

The Early Identification and Referral Toolbox provides suggestions and resources to help state deaf-blind projects work with state systems and agencies to identify—and refer to the state project—children who are deaf-blind as early as possible, ideally during infancy. The toolbox focuses on three important service systems: Part C, Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Programs, and the Health Care System. For more information, contact Emma Nelson.




Time to Update Your Project's Contact Information

With the start of the new year, this is the perfect time to check your state deaf-blind project listing on the NCDB website. If there have been changes, complete the DB Project Change Notification Form. We not only use this to update our website, but also to keep our mailing lists current. Questions? Contact





DB Summit 2022 Reminder

The upcoming 2022 Virtual Deaf-Blind Summit will be information-packed and highly interactive​. Dates and times:

Part 1: Family Engagement Visioning

  • February 2 – 1:00-5:00 EST 
  • February 9 – 1:00-3:00 EST

Part 2: Access to the General Education Curriculum

  • March 2 – 1:00-2:30 EST
  • March 9 – 1:00-3:00 EST

If you missed the registration links in your email, contact

New State Deaf-Blind Project Personnel

In the last few months, there have been many changes in state deaf-blind project personnel. NCDB is excited to share a list of those who have recently joined the network.

PDF DocumentAnnouncing New State Deaf-Blind Project PersonnelPDF Document|64.2 KB



NCDB Product Highlight: Accessibility Toolkit

Are you working on making documents or your website more accessible? The accessibility toolkit provides basic information about online accessibility. The resources are intended to help state deaf-blind projects evaluate the accessibility of their current materials and create accessible documents and online content. If you have any questions, contact Haylee Berland.

New Resources

Grove, N. (Ed.) (2021) Storytelling, special needs and disabilities: Practical approaches for children and adults (2nd ed.). Routledge.
This book includes a chapter called "Personal Storytelling with Deafblind Individuals." 

A new issue of the Journal of Deafblind Studies on Communication is available online. All articles can be downloaded free of charge.

Upcoming Events

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