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Greetings from Elizabeth Spiers and Christine Day at the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI)!

Christine and Elizabeth work within DeafBlind Services at DBVI.  Elizabeth is the Program Director for DeafBlind Services, and works with deafblind people in central and eastern Virginia.  Christine, our DeafBlind Specialist, works with deafblind people in the central and western part of Virginia.

We want to kick off DeafBlind Awareness Week 2014 by sharing with you some fun facts and stories about deafblind people this week.  Please pass this on to anyone who may be interested.


Helen Keller is widely known for her accomplishments as a deafblind individual.  The last week in June is Deaf-Blind Awareness week to honor her birthday on June 27th.  Deaf-Blind Awareness Week started in 1984, when President Reagan declared the last week of June as "Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week." This action was taken as a result of a joint Senate and House resolution, Proclamation 5214 of June 22, 1984.

For more information, people can visit  If you have questions or have difficulty accessing the links we provide, please contact us.  Our contact information is below and will be given in each email we send.


Below is information and a couple of links you can use to learn more about the various causes of combined vision and hearing loss.  If you want more information or have trouble with the links we sent you, please let Christine and me know—our contact information is at the end of this email.    Christine and Elizabeth

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