BESB: Deaf-Blind Grant Program for Adults

Deaf-Blind Grant Program for Adults

Program Description:

The BESB Deaf-Blind Grant Program (established in 1982) focuses on {sound wave} individuals 21 years old and older with dual sensory losses and those that were affected by the Rubella epidemic of the 60ís and 70ís.  BESB has served as the lead State Agency for statewide services to persons who are Deaf-Blind.  Services may include speech and hearing therapy, recreation, work activity center, sheltered workshop, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and others deemed appropriate for the individual.

BESB chairs an Advisory Committee made up of public and private providers, consumers, parents, and interested community members.  This committee formulates policy and planning issues that insures specialized services are available to meet the individualized needs of eligible people who are Deaf-Blind.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be 21 years of age

  • A combination of both auditory and visual impairments (legally blind or visually impaired) which are associated with communication disorders and other mental and educational problems that preclude proper accommodation in existing programs

Grants are awarded on an annual basis to avail the specialized education, travel, and vocational needs of each individual. Grant awards are based upon the number of proposals submitted and available funding.

Services will not be used to support basic care, which includes room and board and clothing.


This fund is used to provide interpreter services to facilitate communication for persons, regardless of age, who are Deaf-Blind and who are interested in furthering their independence with educational, restorative, counseling, or technological means.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be Deaf-Blind

  • A resident of the State of Connecticut

The monies are used exclusively for persons who are Deaf-Blind to obtain interpreting services that cannot be obtained through existing programs.  The monies available are not to be used in place of the general fund budget, or for services available through entitlement programs., a new online directory of worldwide resources for and about people with combined vision and hearing loss. The site is sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division, but is designed to be useful to people around the world.

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Content Last Modified on 1/30/2007 10:25:15 AM