Network of the Americas

Who Are We?

We are one of a number of networks of Deafblind International.  Our network is one based on geographics; in that we are focused on those who live in the Americas.  We are organized by a volunteer group of individuals from a variety of countries in the Americas. 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 Americas from which they come. Membership is free to anyone who shares our vision.


To be the DbI Network  that joins together members from across the United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean to collaborate, support, and share information, best practices and policies toward the attainment of the highest quality of life for people with deafblindness, their families and the larger community.


  1. Brought together an organizing committee from various countries in the Americas (USA, Canada, Brazil, Chile)
  2. Collaborated with Perkins School for the Blind (USA) to deliver a conference in Cape Cod USA (2018 – 500 attendees)
  3. Organized an online parent information session with interpretation into Portuguese and Spanish and English as a pre-symposium session
  4. Collaborated with Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (USA) to deliver an online conference (2021 – 1000 registered)
  5. Developed an information letter that has been widely distributed encouraging people to join both DbI and our Network
  6. Theresa, our chair attends regular Network leader meetings with the DbI Network Coordinator and other Network leaders
  7. Organized a one hour online information Zoom meeting with 27 people in attendance to share information about DbI and the network (December 2021)
  8. Presented several Topical Discussions: ‘Family and Professional Partnerships’, ‘Why we Need and Like Closure’, ‘Impact of Multiple Disabilities and Sensory Loss on Communication’ and our upcoming ‘Building Partnerships between Families and Schools’ (Feb. 24, 2024). Our Topical Discussions include Spanish and Portuguese translation


Membership is open to anyone who wishes to share in this mission. To join go to network membership


Theresa Tancock

Theresa Tancock, Network Chair


Carolyn Monaco, Network co-Chair


Julie Maier, Secretary

Network Advisors

Laura Lebre Monteiro Anccilotto
Brazil (Representing Ibero Latin American Network)

Oriana Donoso Araya

Lisa Jacobs

Christopher Montgomery

Marianne Riggio

Gloria Rodriguez-Gil

To become a member of this DbI Network please register here:
Register Individual DbI and Network Membership – Deafblind International