Deafblind Community Access Network (DBCAN)
Empowering DeafBlind people to increase and sustain their independence in the community. DBCAN was started in 2001 by members of the DeafBlind and Deaf community, the DeafBlind Interpreter Allies (DBIA) and DEAF, Inc., and with support from the Massachusetts Legislature, the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB), and the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH). DBCAN’s goal is to enhance the independence of DeafBlind adults statewide.
DBCAN matches DeafBlind adults with trained Providers who can assist with personal tasks, such as:
- Reading mail and other printed materials
- Exercising and participating in fitness programs
- Using the “T” and other public transportation
- Running personal errands (bank, hair salon, shopping, and more)
- Attending community, cultural, educational, recreational, and religious events
DBCAN Providers complete a 45-hour specialized training, including understanding DeafBlind perspectives, communication skills, guiding techniques and confidentiality. Matches are made to meet consumer needs and preferences.
For more information contact DBCAN at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Independent Living Program