As of October 1, 2016, the Regional Interpreter Education Center at Northeastern University (NURIEC) no longer provides support to this site because our funding has ended.

DeafBlind Resources

State, local, and regional organizations and agencies of and for members of the DeafBlind community are listed below.


Board of Educational Services for the Blind (BESB)
IL Services, VR Services, legal benefits information.
(860) 602-4000 V/TTY

Connecticut Commission for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired (CDHI)
Interpreters, counseling, job placement, community education and support.
Stacie Mawson, Commissioner
(860) 566-7414 V/TTY

Deafblind Association of Connecticut (DBAC)
Meetings, community events.
Tom and Karen Peters
(860) 621-6610 TTY

LifeBridge Community Services
Medical interpreter referral, counseling in the southern part of the state.
475 Clinton Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06605
(203) 368-4291


Independent Living Services for Deaf and hard of hearing, information and referral services, peer services (skills training and education, support and assistance in transition, problem-solving), equipment evaluation and information, communications assistance, community events calendar, personal care services, adapted drivers education, open waters and rink link programs.
127 Main Street
South Portland, ME 04106-2622

Disability Rights Maine
Mission: To enhance and promote the equality, self-determination, independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion of people with disabilities through education, strategic advocacy, and legal intervention.
24 Stone St, Suite 204
Augusta, ME 04330
800.452.1948 (V/TTY)
207.626.2774 (V/TTY)
207.621.1419 (FAX)

Division for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing & Late Deafened
Information and referral, advocacy, TTYs, legal interpreting, vocational rehabilitation.
Maine Bureau of Rehabilitation Services
150 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0150
Nancy Melanson
(800) 698-4440 (V/TTY)


DeafBlind Community Access Network (DBCAN)
Service Providers (provision of and training for) Support with errands, support with public transportation, support with community events, support with reading mail.
Elaine Ducharme, Director
c/o D.E.A.F., Inc.
215 Brighton Ave
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 254-4041 V/TTY

DeafBlind Contact Center (DBCC)
Communication and outreach services, transportation services, SSPs, social events.
c/o DEAF, Inc.
215 Brighton Ave
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 254-4041 V/TTY
(617) 816-5809 voice
(617) 254-4925 TTY

Hilton Perkins
International programs for DeafBlind and multiple-handicapped, parental support, grants for teacher training.
Michael Collins, Director
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 923-8076

Massachusetts Association for the Blind (VISION Community Services)
Braille Program
220 Ivy Street
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 926-4232

Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB)

Vocational rehabilitation services, IL services, social services
Mitch Sanborn
600 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 727-5550 Voice
(800) 392-6556 TTY

Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
600 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111

617.740.1600 Voice
800.882.1155 Voice Toll-Free

617.326.7546 VP (Front Desk)
866.470.2521 VP (Interpreter Referral)

617.740.1700 TTY
800.530.7570 TTY Toll-Free

Massachusetts DeafBlind Family Alliance
Education, advocacy, networking, support.
Tracy Evans Luiselli
(617) 972-7515 voice
(617) 924-5525 TTY

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI)
Medical services
(978) 573-5520

New England Homes for the Deaf (NEHD)
Day program, senior citizens center, IL program
(978) 774-0445 voice
(978) 739-4010 TTY

Northeastern University American Sign Language Program
Interpreter education, day and evening programs
Dennis Cokely, Director
(617) 373-3064 voice
(617) 373-3067 TTY

Perkins School for the Blind
Education: Students may take courses at local elementary and high schools with an interpreter. Students participate in a wide variety of trips into the local community.
Summer Programs
Support Services: Orientation and mobility, adaptive physical education, vocational training, computer/technology training, transition services.
Clinical Services: Speech therapy, psychology, behavioral consultation, audiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, social work, health services.
Barbara Mason, Supervisor of Deafblind Program
(617) 972-7500 voice
(617) 924-5525 TTY

Southeast Mentorship Project (SEMP)
Plans to implement Deafblind interpreter mentoring activities.
Wendy Watson, Coordinator

New Hampshire

Granite State Independent Living (GSIL)
Access Modification Services, Advocacy, Work Incentives Planning and Assistance, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, Employment Services, Housing Counseling, Information and Referral, Peer Support, Personal Care Attendant Services, Personal Care Services Provider Program, Sign Language Interpreter Services, Skills Training, Transportation Services.
Erica Marden, Certified Information & Referral Specialist
21 Chenell Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 228-9680 (v/TTY)
(800) 826-3700 (v/TTY)
(888) 396-3459 (Direct TTY)

New Hampshire Association of the Blind
McGreal Sight Center
25 Walker Street
Concord, NH 03301
Tel: 603-224-4039
Tel: 1-800-464-3075
Seacost: 603-431-9401

New York

New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative (NYDBC)
Queens College CUNY

Klapper Hall 319 (mail to: PH 200)
65-30 Kissena Blvd. Flushing, NY 11367

Rhode Island

Office of Rehabilitation Services
VR Services, IL program, social services program.
Linda Hughes
(401) 222-2300 x423
(401) 421-7016

Alliance of Dual Sensory Impairment
Jessica Tunison


Division of Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI)

Deaf Independence Program (DIP)
Deaf Peer Advocate Counselor (PAC) support, IL services, advocacy, information and referral, peer group support, telephone equipment distribution program.

Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (VABVI)
VR and social services, IL services, orientation and mobility instruction, peer assisted learning and support groups.

Vermont Project for Children and Youth with Deafblindness
Center on disability and community inclusion.
(802) 656-8554

Virgin Islands

Division of Disabilities and Rehabilitation Services
Knud Hansen Complex Building A
1303 Hospital Ground
St Thomas, Virgin Islands 00802
Fax: 340-774-7773
Beverly Plaskett, Administrator

Regional Resources

Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) — New England Regional Office (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island)

Information, on-site assessment, consultation, training and recommendations for meeting individual goals, assistance with application process to HKNC for evaluation and/or training, links for consumers-to-consumers and families-to-families, consultation, technical assistance and in-service, advocacy, coordination, and development of services, collaboration on transition from youth educational programs to post-secondary services, informational materials and presentations about needs and capabilities of individuals who are Deafblind.
Mary Ellen Barbiasz, New England Regional Representative
(781) 259-7100 voice/TTY
National HKNC Office at Sands Point, New York

New England Consortium DeafBlind Project (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire)
Child identification, in-service training, workshops, evaluations, on-site consultation, resources, parent groups, work with state and local agencies.

* Central Office (Massachusetts)
Barbara Mason, Project Director
(617) 972-7502
(617) 972-7515 voice
(617) 924-5525 TTY

* Connecticut
Board of Education and Services for the Blind
Karen Olson, Education Consultant
(860) 602-4000

* Maine
Charlotte Cushman, Education Consultant
(603) 226-2900