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Pearl Van Zandt, Ph.D
Executive Director

Nebraska Commission For The Blind and Visually Impaired is pleased to announce the inclusion of the Nebraska Individuals With Deaf-Blindness Project in the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults Affiliate Program.


The mission of the Project is to expand and improve services impacting the lives of individuals who are deaf-blind of all ages and their families.

The Project will work to enable individuals who are deaf-blind to live independently in the community of their choice and achieve personal independent living
and vocational goals and to improve the capacity of the service delivery system to meet the needs of individuals with deaf-blindness. Activities and services
of the Project are designed to meet vocational rehabilitation and independent living needs of those with dual sensory loss through information and referral,
individualized training in alternative skills of blindness and deafness, advocacy training, and assistive technology.

Each year, June 27 marks the anniversary of Helen Keller's birth. NCBVI Deaf-Blind Project Invites you to join us as we reflect on the abilities, rather than the disabilities of our fellow Nebraskans who experience a dual sensory loss of deaf-blindness. Whether they are in the workforce, going to school, raising families or running marathons, we recognize that life can be full for those who live
without sight or sound if they are given the opportunity. Nebraska… the Good Life!

On May 12th, 1947 Helen Keller herself came to Nebraska to speak to our citizens and Legislature about the importance of recognizing the positive impact of individuals in our state who are blind and deaf-blind in their desire to be full participants in any activity in our Nebraska communities.

Cheryl Poff
Nebraska Individuals with Deaf-Blindness Project Coordinator
Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
1313 Farnam on the Mall
Flr 3
Omaha, Nebraska 68102
TTY/Relay: 402-595-2043
Voice: 402-595-2041
TTY: 595-2140

Commonly asked questions

Who is considered "Deaf-Blind?"

How can I contact and use the Nebraska Relay Service (NRS)?

How can I go about getting an Interpreter?

What do I need to be aware of when getting an interpreter?

What is the going rate for interpreters pay?

What are some modes of communicating with individuals who are Deaf-Blind?


Miscellaneous Information

HKNC Report

National Registry of Persons Who Are Deaf-Blind


American Association of Deaf-Blind

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths & Adults

National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program


Nebraska Center for the Blind has been approved by the National Blindness Professional Certification Board (NBPCB). This approval is granted only to those Centers that meet strict standards for high quality services, uphold a positive philosophy of blindness and high expectations, adhere to Structured Discovery instructional methodology, and are dedicated to assuring genuine Informed Choice for all consumers. The Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired adheres to these standards of quality assurance in every area of its service delivery.