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.
DBCAN matches DeafBlind adults with trained Providers who assist with accomplishing everyday tasks, such as: reading mail and other printed materials, exercising and participating in fitness programs, using the MBTA and other modes of transportation, doing personal errands (bank, hair salon, shopping, and more), and attending medical appointments. Additionally, this support ensures our DeafBlind community members can also engage in cultural, educational, recreational, and religious events.
For MCB Consumers
For Non-MCB Consumers
All DBCAN Providers complete a specialized training, including understanding DeafBlind perspectives, communication skills, guiding techniques, and confidentiality. Providers are matched with consumers according to consumer needs and preferences. If you are interested in becoming a Provider, please apply!
If you are a DeafBlind adult with an open MCB case, you are eligible for up to 16 hours of provider services each month.
If you are not a Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) consumer, please contact the MCB to get registered first before you can receive Provider services here.
DBCAN accepts referrals only from the MCB.