Become an Ambassador

We started small in January 2020 when DbI’s Communication Committee (ComCom) put out a “call to action” inviting people to share DbI’s communication and assist DbI in being THE point of connection in deafblindness worldwide.

Now the Ambassador group has grown to almost one hundred members from around the world…and DbI is always looking to add more Ambassadors to the group.

Let’s continue to “Connect to Act” – join us as a Communication Ambassador!

What does it mean to be a DbI Communication Ambassador?

We expect an Ambassador to take DbI’s communication to the next level by leveraging your knowledge and expertise in this area. As the old saying goes, it takes a village.

We assume that an Ambassador has well established communications with local, regional and/or national media, an inspiring website and/or an involving social media presence. We believe that these resources can help us to spread the word about deafblindness, quality services and DbI all over the world.

What are the responsibilities of a Communication Ambassador:

  1. Assist DbI in ensuring that its social media posts are reposted on your organization pages within a short period of time (1-5 business days).
  2. Assist DbI by sharing DbI press releases and communication with your personal professional networks within a short period of time (1-5 business days).
  3. Assist DbI by sourcing regional news and information that could be shared with DbI membership and posted on DbI social media pages.
  4. DbI would be grateful to have the key contact act as an ambassador and connector within their geographic area.
  5. Organizations serving as DbI Communication Ambassadors may use the official DbI Communication Ambassador Logo freely in all of their communication. You will have your finger on the pulse of DbI’s communication and be fully informed about worldwide developments in our field.
  6. Twice a year Ambassadors are invited to join an online meeting with ComCom to review DbI’s communication focus themes, other updates, and connect with other Ambassadors.
  7. Be an individual member of DbI! Individual membership is available to any person who believes in the mission of DbI, and membership is free of charge. You can easily register here:

Help us to make a difference for people with deafblindness worldwide and join us as a DbI Communication Ambassador!

Please reach out directly to Roxanna Spruyt at or Sue Wookey at about your interest.



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Maii Amin, Egypt,

Mary Maragia — Head of Deafblind Unit Kilimani Integrated Primary School, Kenya,

Masayl Dellilah, TSC, Kenya,

Jared Orihda Rakiro, Kabarnet school for DB Children, Kenya,

Bernice Mary Mavyuva, TSC, Kenya,

Patrick Makete, KITUI DeafBlind, Kenya,

Barack A. Odhiambu, Maseno School for the Deaf and DB, Kenya, ,

Emma Mbugua, Sense International, Kenya,

Josphat Mbugua, Sense International, Kenya,

George Bonyo, Sikri vtc/BD, Kenya,

Dan Onyango Odingo, Nirasha deaf community basec organization, Kenya,

Linet Liphede, Empowerment of Disabled Development, Kenya,

Wilson Masinza, Kenya National Association of DB, Kenya,

Joyce Ngara, Kwale Unit for the DB, Kenya,

Salina Binot, Kabarnet DB, Kenya,

Dorine Munialo, Sense International, Kenya,

Faith Nyaboke Omache, Sense International, Kenya, ,

Davies Silali, Nairobi Metropolitan Services, Kenya,

Mercy Gichangi, Kilimani Primary School Nairobi, Kenya,

Francis Saya, Matunge Special School, Kenya,

Isaac Makhanu Wanyama, KISE Student Teacher DB, Kenya,

Racheai W Kariuki, KISE Student Teacher DB, Kenya,

Samuel Mwangi, Kilimani DB Unit, Kenya,

Soloman Buschala, Kenya Society for the Blind, Kenya, ,

Mercy Opanda, Maseno University, Kenya,

Everlino Nyokabi, Maseno University, Kenya,

Spencer Kirawa, SIKRI TVC for the Blind and Deaf, Kenya,

Nancy Ndirangu, Nairobi County NMS PMH, Kenya,

Peter Eringo, Nairobi County Kamiti Prisons, Kenya,

Sylvester Mpusia, HISAN, Kenya,

Derick Ridge, Kenya,

Austin Otieno, Maseno Deaf/Deafblindness Orphanage Centre, Kenya,

Jimmy Ywaya, Pursing a Diploma in Special Needs – Deafblind option, Kenya,

Hellen Otieno, Pursing a Diploma in Special Needs – Deafblind option, Kenya,

Davies Silerly, Nairobi Metropolitan Services – physiotherapist, Kenya,

Catherine Inyuma, Kenya Institute of Special Education,

Grace Wanza Makau, Specially Abled Circle (SPACE) Group, Kenya,

Merylin Boit, Student at Kenya Institute of Special Education,

Kahindi Stembo, Student at Kenya Institute of Special Education,

James Ireri Ngari, Student at Kenya Institute of Special Education,

Grace Maina, Student at Kenya Institute of Special Education,

Venant Mwazumbi M’bori, Kenya Institute of Special Education,

David Omare, Kenya,

Anthony Kapindula, Malawi,

Victor Locoro, Kyambogo University, Uganda,

Aniyamuzaala James, Uganda,

Alice Nabbanja, Uganda,

Kamonyo Botanyi Joie Pascal – Francophone Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo,

Toussaint Balumuene Lukoki  – Democratic Republic of the Congo,

Prisca Kamala Luanda – Democratic Republic of the Congo – GOMA NORTH KIVU,

Jonas Tuombe – Democratic Republic of the Congo – GOMA NORTH KIVU,

Shabana Nsenga Florentin – Lubumbashi, Africa,

Kafamdo Zomgo, cefise/bemaja, Burkina Faso,

Rev Prof Juvenalis Asantemungu, Archbishop Mihayo Universty College of Tabora, Tanzania,

Brighton Kumatongo, Zambia College of Education, Zambia,

Emnet-Ayele, Ethopia National Association of DB, Ethiopia,

Meklit Bahiru, Ethopia National Association of DB, Ethiopia,

Joseph MUSABYIMANA, Rwanda Organization of Persons with deaf Blindness (ROPDB), Rwanda, ,



Sampada Shevde — Perkins India,

Namita Jacob — Chetana Trust (India),

Niraj Phuyal — Nepal,



Jane O’Keefe — Able Australia,

Meredith Prain — DeafBlind Australia,

Frances Gentle — International Resource: ICEVI-Network,



Richard Kramer — Sense (UK),

Steve Rose — Steve Rose Therapy & Consulting – United Kingdom,

Trees van Nunen Schrauwen — Kentalis (Netherlands),

Mirko Baur — Tanne SF (Switzerland),

Deirdre J. Leech — Anne Sullivan Centre (Ireland),

Darija Udovicic — Perkins Director,

Irina Moiseeva, Con-nection (Russia),

Chloé Horn — CRESAM French National Centre for Deafblindness (France),

Naomi Dainty, Deafblind UK,

Vikram Choudhary – German Deafblind Association,



Ricardo Zevallos — Sense International (Peru),

Carmen Lucía Guerrero (Guatemala), or

Raul Gutierrrez – ASOMAS (Asociacion Mexicana Anne Sullivan IAP),

Isabel Galindez – ASOMAS (Asociacion Mexicana Anne Sullivan IAP),

Carolyn Sanchez — Chile,

Graciela Ferioli – Argentina, 

Yvette Gallegos Barro – Mexico, 

Benita González Reyes – Ministerio de Educación de la República Dominicana (Dominican Republic), 

Maria Elena Nassif – Argentina,

Valeria Franco – Argentina,

Kaique Fermiano Manuel – Brazil,

Fernanda Cristina Falkoski – Brazil,

Ramón Hernández-Villoria – Venezuelan Society of Phoniatricians (Venezuela),

Ana Paola Rodea Saldivar – Mexico,

Martaelena Ramirez – Mexico,

Alma Lorena Leyva Luna – Center Specialized in Multiple Disabilities and Deafblindness (Mexico),

Maria del Carmen Schleske Morales – Center Specialized in Multiple Disabilities and Deafblindness (Mexico),



Susan Manahan — DeafBlind Ontario Services (Canada),

Karen Madho — DeafBlind Ontario Services (Canada),

Chris Woodfill — Helen Keller Centre (USA),

Dr. Doreen N. Myrie — Jackson State University, Mississippi, USA,

Samantha Gaspar — Sensity (Canada),

Cheryl Ramey – George Brown College (Canada) – Deafblind & Intervenor Studies Certificate Program,


Please note the DbI Ambassador list is updated annually.