NCDB brings together the resources of three agencies with long histories of
expertise in the field of deaf-blindness: The Research
Institute (TRI) , the Helen Keller National Center
(HKNC), and the Training and Educational Resources Program at Perkins
School for the Blind.
|The Research Institute
Western Oregon University
The Research Institute (TRI), initially established as a research and development arm of the Oregon University System's (OUS) Chancellor's Office, has historically followed a course congruent with state and national issues in education and human services. Now part of the Western Oregon University campus, it remains a facilitator of educational and human service improvement with a national reputation in the field of education. Although its foundation was in educational research, teacher education and instructional technology, a focus on special education in the areas of early childhood, deaf-blindness and traumatic brain injury has led to national prominence in the development of programs and services.
|Helen Keller National Center
Sands Point, NY
The Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC) is the only comprehensive national program that provides vocational and rehabilitation services exclusively to youths and adults who are deaf-blind. A residential-based training program, located at its headquarters in Sands Point, NY, provides evaluation, short-term vocational and rehabilitation training and assistance to consumers in locating employment, housing and community resources in their home states. Field services include 11 regional offices, over 40 affiliated agencies and Senior Adult Services. A National Training Team (NTT) conducts professional training seminars both on campus and in the community.
||Perkins School for the Blind
Perkins School for the Blind, established in 1829, provides education and services for children and adults around the world who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired. Training and educational resources include webinars, products, professional development credits, online workshops and more. Perkins is also active in resources to support parents and technology programs to support consumers who are deaf-blind.