Welcome to the DBLNJ web site - connecting the deaf blind to the community!
The Deaf Blind League of New Jersey, Inc (DBLNJ) was established September 26, 1982. The organization was formed to provide a means for any person who is deaf, hard of hearing and blind or visually impaired in the state of New Jersey to receive information, network to develop friendships and to socialize. Most importantly, the people who would administer the group would focus on advocation for the deaf blind individuals so that they would receive entitlements and become educated about their rights.
The DBLNJ became a strong organization and one of the primary functions was to ensure the individuals who are deaf blind would have the supports needed to bring the group together locally for sharing information at meetings throughout the year. The other major focus is also to attend the annual national conference of the American Association of Deaf Blind. Because the majority of the DBLNJ members were on fixed incomes, did not have a means of locating the resources necessary, nor were they knowledgeable how to accomplish successful fundraisers. This is a truly underserved population who cannot access transportation and needs assistance communicate with the public. There was a need to educate the group to learn to advocate for themselves. The main focus was to secure both the interpreter guides and monetary support to permit as many deaf blind individuals as were interested to go to the annual conference.