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American Association of the Deaf-Blind: a consumer advocacy organization encouraging independent living and providing technical assistance both to social agencies and directly to consumers.

Ameritech Special Needs Center (WI), Special Discounts and Services: Information about exemption from charges for Operator Services, exemption from charges for calls to Information, Braille telephone bills, discounts on usage charges and "Special Equipment Programs."

The Bureau for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, Division of Supportive Living, provides information, support, referral and training to deaf people.

The Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Brookfield, WI), among other services, has UniversaLink, a showroom for assistive listening devices, hearing aids, signaling and alerting equipment and telecommunication equipment.
3505 N. 124th Street
Brookfield, WI 53005
Phone: 414-790-1040
TTY: 414-790-0584
Fax: 414-790-0850.

"Deaf-Blind American" is a publication of the American Association of the Deaf-Blind and is available in large print or braille.
814 Thayer Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 800-735-2258
TTY: 301-588-6545
Fax: 301-588-8705

The Deaf Resource Library is "an online collection of reference material and links intended to educate and inform people about Deaf cultures in Japan and the United States," but its coverage of deaf issues and information is much broader than that, with especially good coverage of deafness in other countries and cultures--indispensable.

Center for Deaf-Blind Persons: direct services, assessment and consultation, rehabilitation training, support groups, social groups:
3195 S. Superior Street
Milwaukee, WI 53207
Phone: 414-481-7477
Voice, TTY, Telebraille, Fax: 414-481-7481

A-Z to Deafblindness: far-ranging and well-chosen set of links to sites dealing with blindness, deafness and deafblindness; links also to accessible web search engines; "The Archives Page" has many useful full-text articles, including Barbara Miles's excellent "An Overview on Deaf-Blindness."

A Deafblindness Web Resource: very useful set of links, well-organized: internet resources, conferences and courses, journals and periodicals, service providers (by country), equipment, communications, web access, email, windows access and a good bibliography of print resources organized by author, title and date.

DB-LINK: "a federally funded information and referral service that identifies, coordinates, and disseminates (at no cost) information related to children and youth who are deaf-blind (ages 0 to 21 years)." Their list of local, national and international web resources is outstanding.

"Deaf-Blind Perspectives" covers issues of interest to deaf-blind people of all ages and the people who serve them; it is available free in a variety of formats: standard print, large print, braille and on diskette in ASCII format; the current issue is available online and back issues are archived. It is produced by the creators of DB-Link, the Teaching Research Division of Western Oregon University.

The Deaf-Blind Theatre Access Project: "with specially trained interpreters, close-up seating, and an opportunity to experience sets, costumes, and props through touch, Deaf-Blind people can experience the magic of theatre." The site is a manual of how to do this.

The European Blind Union is the portal for activities and resources of interest to deaf-blind people in Europe. The "EBU Newsletter" is available online.

Great Lakes Area Regional Center for Deafblind Education: serves the states of Ohio and Wisconsin, providing services to for individuals, birth to 21 years with dual-sensory impairments. The project provides technical assistance to families, educational personnel, and other service providers through training efforts (including online courses) and the dissemination of information on innovative approaches to educating children and youth with dual-sensory impairments; also has a page of links to deafblindness resources on the web. In Wisconsin, for information on educational issues, you can also contact:
Deaf/Blind Education Consultant
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
P.O. Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707-7841
Phone: 608-266-3522

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults: services, consultation and technical assistance to deaf-blind people, their families and the agencies serving them: North Central Regional Office
3009 16th Avenue
P.O. Box 6761
Rock Island, IL 61204-6761
Phone: 309-788-7990
TTY:309-788-7089

"International Newsletter for Deaf Blind People" is available in standard print, large print, braille and on diskette from:
Lex Grandia
Prinsessegade 28
DK 9400
Noerresundby, Denmark
E-mail: lex.grandia@tp44.frukt.org

Katlyn's Hope" is a non-profit organization established to assist in the education of deaf-blind children from around the world."

National Family Association for Deaf-Blind: information, resources and referrals. 111 Middle Neck Road
Sands Point, NY 11050
Voice: (800) 255-0411, extension 275
TTY: (516) 944-8637
Fax:(516) 944-7302.
The office of the region serving Wisconsin residents is:
NFADB, Region 5
2100 Stoner, N.E.
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: 330-832-8251
Fax: 330-832-1348.

National Technical Assistance Consortium for Children and Young Adults Who Are Deaf-Blind: assists in the "development and maintenance of comprehensive services for families, early intervention programs, educational programs, and adult services to meet the unique needs of children and young adults who are deaf-blind"; provides services to agencies rather than directly to individuals.

DB-LINK, The National Information Clearinghouse on Children Who Are Deaf-Blind has links to publications, selected (and annotated) bibliographies, an online database, state resources and other online resources.

The Telecommunications Equipment Purchase Program helps people with disabilities buy equipment they need in order to use basic telephone services. It is paid for from the Wisconsin Universal Service Fund established by the Public Service Commission. A description and downloadable application are available on the Public Service Commission web site.

The Wisconsin Deaf Citizens Task Force advocates for equality and fairness for deaf and hard of hearing citizens of Wisconsin.

"Deafblind access to the Web," by James Gallagher describes how one deaf-blind person surfs the Web.

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