DBLNJ

DBLNJ is a non-profit organization with 501(c)3 tax-exempt status
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History

The Deaf Blind League of New Jersey (DBLNJ) has come a long way since it's inception in September of 1982 at an American Association of the Deaf Blind (AADB) national conference. Mr. Robert Heller (affectionately named Bob) brought a group of people who were Deafblind, some family members and people who were interested in deaf blindness (today we would refer to these dedicated people as SSPs) for a discussion and a vote to establish an organization in NJ. And, would hold monthly meetings for the purpose of bringing people together to socialize and to ensure that everyone regardless of their communication needs would be able to participate in their communities without hinderance or prejudice.


Our members have enjoyed socialization, support and fellowship for more than 30 years.  We owe a debt of gratitude to Bob who had an inspiration that has become a reality. Thank you for your faith in the Deafblind community, for establishing an organization where we could come together, enjoying each others company, support and sharing of ideas. Bob, you would be so proud that we are still going strong after more than 30 years. You are sorely missed but will never be forgotten. (Bob passed away in 1988).

Purpose
The Deafblind League of New Jersey become a strong organization and one of the primary functions was to ensure the individuals who are Deafblind would have the support, socilaization, information sharing, and meetings to attend throughout the year.  Another major focus of the organization is planning attendance to the  American Association of Deafblind conference and/or special Deafblind camps around the country whose purpose is to reduce social isolation through enjoyable social activities.  A majority of the members of are on fixed incomes which would prohibit their attendance at said functions.  It is the goal of the organization to seek additional resources necessary, through fundraising and donations, so members may attend events at a minimal cost.  This is truly underserved population who cannot access transportation and needs assistance to communicate with the public. There was a need to educate the group to learn to advocate for themselves. The main focus has been to secure interpreters and Support Service Providers, as well as monetary support to allow as many members of the organization to attend these events. 
 

 

 

 

PAST PRESIDENTS AND VICE PRESIDENTS

                          

                                                          PRESIDENT                    VICE PRESIDENT  

 

                               1982-1984         SAUL SCHIFF                  AGATHA MUNN  

 

                               1984-1986         AGATHA MUNN               MARGARET REIS

 

                               1986-1988         AGATHA MUNN               MARGARET REIS 

 

                               1988-1990         MARGARET REIS            ELIDA GARES

 

                               1990-1992         ANN SCHWARTZ             ELIDA GARES

 

                               1992-1994         ELIDA GARES                  JIM DOUGHERTY

 

                               1994-1996         ELIDA GARES                  JIM DOUGHERTY

 

                               1996-1998         JIM DOUGHERTY             BOB ISAKOWER

 

                               1998-2000         JIM DOUGHERTY             BOB ISAKOWER

 

                               2000-2002         BOB ISAKOWER               CHRISTINE HINES

 

                               2002-2004         BOB ISAKOWER               ELIDA GARES

 

                               2004-2006         CHRISTINE HINES            ANDREW REES

 

                               2006-2008         ANDREW REES                 BOB ISAKOWER

 

                               2008-2010         ANDREW REES                 BOB ISAKOWER

 

                               2010-2012         ELIDA GARES                   ANDREW REES

 

                               2012-2014         ELIDA GARES                   ANDREW REES

 

                               2014-2016         KEVIN MUNN                    BOB ISAKOWER RESIGNED VP FEBRUARY 2016

                                                                                                    LAURA MUCHNICK BECAME VP MARCH 2016

 

                               2016-2018         KEVIN MUNN                     LAURA MUCHNICK

                               2018-2020         KEVIN MUNN                     LAURA MUCHNICK MOVED TO FLA - JUNE 2019

                                                                                                     TAMILAH ALEXANDER BECAME VP - SEPT. 2019