Support Service Providers Needed

In addition to the need for interpreters and technology, many people who are deafblind require the services of a Support Service Provider (SSP). An SSP is a person who acts as a sighted guide and uses appropriate communication techniques. The SSP must be able to convey visual and audio information in an effective manner, and help orient the individual who is deafblind to a new environment.

VADB is looking for people to volunteer as SSPs at our events or with individual deafblind persons in the community.  Please contact us if you are interested.

Annual Membership Drive

Please support VADB by becoming a member.  Membership dues are only $10.  There are two types of members: "Active" (deafblind Virginians) and "Associate" (everyone else)

To become a member, please download a copy of the VADB Brochure (under the Donations Tab here on the website) and mail as instructed.

Upcoming Events

Come to the 2017 VADB Annual Meeting!

Date:      Saturday, November 4, 2017
Place:     VA Dept. for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI)
               Library & Resource Center
               395 Azalea Ave., Richmond, VA 23227
Time:     10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Cost:      FREE (Lunch provided courtest of Hamilton Relay)


  1. Cynthia Ingraham from HKNC will talk about services offered for deafblind persons by Helen Keller National Center

  2. 2017 Nelson Malbone Award Presentation

  3. Election of VADB Officers for the Fall 2017 to Fall 2019 term (VADB Members: Please let us know if you are interested in running for office!)

  4. Susan Payne from DBVI will tell us about services offered by DBVI and ask for feedback regarding the quality of their services and how they can improve them

  5. Fun and Social Time!!!

Please let us know if you plan to attend the meeting, and if you need services such as an interpreter, CART, use of the audioloop, and/or a Support Service Provider by October 20, 2017.  Volunteers (SSPs, lunch helpers, etc.) are needed.  Also contact us if you would like more information.

Ways to sign up for the meeting:

  1. Email us at
  2. Call Beth Hammer (VADB Secretary) at 804-398-0608 (V)
  3. Visit us on Facebook at "Virginia Association of the DeafBlind"
  4. Use the electronic registration form available at

We can't wait to see you!!

Future Meetings

Check back for additional events as they are planned.