Websites that can help you find organizations of, and for, DeafBlind people
Why Find DeafBlind Organizations?
Finding DeafBlind organizations is important task for anyone who wants to be inclusive of all Deaf people, not only sighted people.
When DeafBlind people have access to education, communication, and human rights, they lead more fulfilled, enriched lives. But in many countries, they are excluded everywhere. Even some organizations of Deaf people may be unsure how to include them.
Organizations of and for DeafBlind people can provide guidance in being more DeafBlind inclusive. And they might be a good partner organization for relevant projects. But where to find them? The following web pages offer links to DeafBlind organizations around the world. These websites vary in accessibility for people using screen reading software. But some of them strive to be accessible for users who are blind or deafblind.
Finding DeafBlind Organizations
- World Federation of the DeafBlind (WFDB) is an international organization led by DeafBlind people. They have member organizations led by DeafBlind people in 75 countries. The WFDB board member who represents your continent or region might be able to advise on finding DeafBlind organizations in that region.
- Deafblind International works to raise awareness of deafblind people. They list networks of organizations working with professionals, families, and deafblind people.
- Sense International is a UK-based organization that serves deafblind people in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Nepal, Tanzania, Peru, Romania, and Uganda. See their list of useful links to other organizations. Sense International also has country offices in some of the countries where they work.
- Perkins International works to improve access to education for deafblind children. They have partner organizations in Europe and Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Also visit the Spanish language version of their Latin America page.
Looking for Deaf organizations in general? Visit our page on Finding Deaf Organizations.
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