NCDB brings together the resources of five agencies with histories of expertise in the field of deaf-blindness: The Helen Keller National Center, the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University, the Paraprofessional Resource and Research Center at the University of Colorado–Denver, the Rural Institute at the University of Montana, and Perkins School for the Blind.
Helen Keller National Center
Sands Point, NY
The Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC) is the only comprehensive national program that provides vocational and rehabilitation services exclusively to youths and adults who are deaf-blind. A residential-based training program, located at its headquarters in Sands Point, NY, provides evaluation, short-term vocational and rehabilitation training and assistance to consumers in locating employment, housing and community resources in their home states. Field services include 11 regional offices, over 40 affiliated agencies and Senior Adult Services. A National Training Team (NTT) conducts professional training seminars both on campus in the community.
Virginia Commonwealth University
The Partnership for People with Disabilities is located at Virginia Commonwealth University where they have numerous projects to improve outcomes for individuals with disabilities, including the state’s deaf-blind project.
Perkins School for the Blind
Perkins School for the Blind, established in 1829, provides education and services for children and adults around the world who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired. Training and educational resources include webinars, products, professional development credits, online workshops, and more. Perkins is also active in providing resources to support parents and technology programs to support individuals who are deaf-blind.
Rural Institute - University of Montana
The Rural Institute is Montana’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). It brings a wealth of experience on improving transition outcomes for individuals with disabilities, a key goal of the proposed National Center, and houses Montana’s state deaf-blind project.
Paraprofessional Resource and Research Center
The Paraprofessional Resource and Research Center (PAR²A Center) is a part of the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver. The center, which oversees the National Intervener Certification E-Portfolio review board and processes, brings an array of expertise and resources related to the training and supervision of paraprofessionals.