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The Organization

  • A: We founded DBCA in order to effect real change so that deafblind people can live productively and enjoy equal opportunities like everyone else.

  • A: As a tax-exempt nonprofit organization, DBCA primarily obtains funding from the generous contributions of individuals and organizations, including businesses, that believe in enhancing lives and making the world a better place for everyone. The money is used to cover the cost of running DBCA to carry out its mission.

  • A: Membership in the organization is based on participation in the Leadership Opportunity program. This ensures that all of our members have experience with the policy process in the national capital.


  • A: The term “deafblind” refers to the combined loss of vision and hearing. The spectrum of combined vision and hearing loss is extremely varied:

    • deaf but legally blind,
    • hard of hearing but legally blind,
    • totally blind with some residual hearing,
    • hard of hearing with some functional vision, and
    • totally blind and deaf.

    NOTE: There are many other terms used to describe deafblindness, such as: mild, moderate, severe or profound.

    However, they all refer to the broad spectrum of deafblindness listed above. The conditions or diseases that cause combined loss of vision and hearing also vary widely, from Usher’s I to Usher’s III to optic nerve atrophy and many others, and each may contain several subsets.

  • A: DBCA doesn’t insert the hyphen. We also do not capitalize the “d” and “b” (i.e. DeafBlind). We believe it conveys the dual nature and recognizes it as a single, unified disability. We also champion the advancement of the entire worldwide community of persons with combined vision and hearing loss, and “deafblind” is more widely used around the world, which not only benefits Americans but also the entire world.