About Us

Who We Are

We are an international not-for-profit membership organization focused on the needs of individuals who are deafblind, their families and the professionals who provide services.  We have a constitution and are managed by a volunteer Board from around the globe.  We are focused on bringing together individuals and organizations to share information such that they can develop and provide quality services in the regions of the world from which they come.

Our Vision

To be the international association which promotes the awareness and knowledge of deafblindness as a unique disability and to influence for appropriate services for people who are deafblind around the world.

Our Purpose

To support professionals (such as educators, administrators, researchers, medical specialists, etc.), families and people who are deafblind to raise awareness of deafblindness.  Central to our work is to support the sharing of knowledge and the development of services to enable a good quality of life for children and adults of all ages who are deafblind.

Our Goals

DbI will enhance organisational capacity to meet the needs of people who are deafblind. Influence the development of services for the benefit of people who are deafblind and their families around the world. DbI will encourage improvements in practice and creation of new knowledge by facilitating improved communication and networking.

Worldwide Membership

Countries Represented

Worldwide Deafblind Population (approx.)

Staff & Volunteers

Meet the Leadership

Frank Kat

Frank Kat

DbI President

Henriette Hermann

Henriette Hermann

DbI Vice President

Mirko Baur

Mirko Baur

DbI Vice President

Gary Daly

DbI Secretary

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