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Deaf-Blindness

Maine Resources

Adaptive Outdoor Education Center (AOEC): Adaptive Outdoor Education Center is a Maine based organization which is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities through adaptive recreation and education programs. Also offers fully accessible hostel-style accommodations to people with disabilities and their caregivers in the Carrabassett Valley, Maine area, next to Sugarloaf Mountain. AOEC has a second location in Brunswick, Maine to serve the Southern Maine population.

 

Hunting & Trapping for Maine People with Disabilities: The Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife offers special fishing and hunting permits for the blind, disabled veterans, people with cognitive disabilities, and paraplegics. Certain permits are issued to residents with disabilities free of charge.

 

Maine Adaptive - Specialty Programs These adaptive sports programs are aimed at different groups of people with different disabilities and different backgrounds. They have specialty adaptive camps for veterans, people with visual impairments, physical and mobility impairments, and a sit-down ski-specific specialty camp held once a year. 

National Resources

American Association of the Deaf-Blind (AADB): http://www.aadb.org
A national consumer advocacy organization for people who have combined hearing and vision impairments. AADB is open to all persons who are deaf-blind and individuals directly concerned with their well being, including spouses, children, friends, and health care professionals.


Helen Keller National Center: http://www.helenkeller.org
The mission of the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC) is to enable each person who is deaf-blind to live and work in his or her community of choice. The vocational rehabilitation training program at HKNC's headquarters in Sands Point provides evaluation and training in vocational skills, adaptive technology and computer skills, orientation and mobility, independent living, communication, speech-language skills, creative arts, fitness and leisure activities. The curriculum is community-based and the transdisciplinary team works together to support an individual in achieving a vocational outcome.


National Family Association for Deaf-blind: http://www.nfadb.org/index.html
NFADB is the largest national network of families focusing on issues related to deafblindness.


National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness: http://www.nationaldb.org/
The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness works collaboratively with families, federal, state and local agencies to provide technical assistance, information and personnel training.

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