DeafBlind (DBCAN)

The DeafBlind Community Access Network (DBCAN) program works to empower DeafBlind people to increase and sustain their independence in the community. DBCAN's services are available to DeafBlind adults in Massachusetts.

Independent Living

Our IL program supports Deaf and Hard of Hearing adults 18 and up with achieving their goals. We provide support with applying for benefits, housing, accessing health care and health information, a support group for Deaf parents, as well as peer-based advocacy and skills training. We also make referrals to other services as needed.

IL for Seniors

IL for Seniors helps ensure continued health, safety, and independence at home for Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened adults 60 and up.

Outreach, Exhibits, and Trainings

Training and technical assistance is available to professionals, nonprofits, and businesses who want to increase their cultural awareness, learn basic American Sign Language, and improve accessibility of their services for Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened people. This service can be tailored to fit your needs. We also provide information at various exhibits and community events.

Information & Referrals

Requests for Independent Living or IL for Seniors services can be made using our referral form. For answers to commonly asked questions, visit our FAQ page.

DBCAN accepts referrals directly from the MA Commission for the Blind (MCB.) Contact your MCB case worker to request a referral to DBCAN.