Mission Statement

The New York Parent Association for Deaf-Blind (NYPADB) advocates for individuals with deaf-blindness and their families by sharing resources, information and experiences.


The organization began in 1988 when a group of dedicated parents, with children who are deaf-blind, joined together to share information and support. Our initial funding    came from a grant from the New York State Technical Assistance Project, NYSTAP. New York Parent Network, Inc. was registered in New York State as a recognized not-for- profit organization in 1992. NYPN gained IRS 501(c)(3) status in 2009, making contributions tax-deductible. In 2013, we changed our name to New York Parent Association for  Deaf-Blind (NYPADB) to better identify with the population we serve. Our Board of Directors consists of parent and professional volunteers.

The New York Parent Association for Deaf-Blind is an affiliate of the National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB). NYPADB works in partnership with the New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative (NYDBC), in consultation with the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) and with support from the Helen Keller National Center (HKNC).

New York Parent Association for Deaf-Blind’s Programs and Publications are supported in part by the Hilton/Perkins Program of Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts. The Hilton/Perkins Program is funded by a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation of Reno, Nevada.



 To provide a network of supportive families with whom information and resources about deaf-blindness can be shared.

 To educate the community about how vision and hearing loss affect all aspects of the life of a deaf-blind person.

 To build effective parent-professional partnerships to better educate our children.

                          To advocate for people with deaf-blindness or dual sensory loss.


 We help families gain access to the information and resources they need.

 We educate and provide information through NYPADB Newsletters, NYPADB e-news, and printed materials.

 We provide opportunities for families to gather, socialize, gain support, and learn through our Workshops and Family Events.

                          We provide information and support through monthly support group conference calls.

NYPADB Brochure 2015