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August 2017

This month, we are shining our spotlight on Cathy Miller, an NFADB lifetime member who experiences deaf-blindness from Usher syndrome.

Within minutes of meeting Cathy Miller, you’ll find yourself smiling. Cathy has that effect on people. Her warm and welcoming personality makes you feel right at home. But behind this gentle spirit is an active and confident advocate. Cathy is a member of Louisiana Acadiana Deaf-Blind Citizens, President of the Deaf-Blind Division of the NFB of Louisiana as well as the President of the Lake Area Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind. She is such a great advocate and role model that the Usher Syndrome Coalition recently asked her to become an ambassador. In this role, Cathy will educate the community about Usher syndrome and provide information and resources as needed.

An avid reader, Cathy follows the latest research on retinitis pigmentosa and Usher syndrome. She is pictured in the photo, left,  

with Dr. Ed Stone and Dr. Spenser Morton at a recent visit to the  University of Iowa’s Institute for Vision Research. 

When not advocating, Cathy and her husband, Randy, are active with their church family. And although they enjoy traveling to conferences where they can meet other deaf-blind people, they especially enjoy getting away together – just the two of them.  The photo on the right shows Cathy and Randy on vacation in Vermont at the site of the Battle of Bennington during the Revolutionary War.  Don’t worry – the life sized moose behind Randy is only a sculpture.

Cathy joined NFADB as a way to meet other deaf-blind families and to share information about meeting the challenges posed by deaf-blindness. In her words, “That’s how we learn and grow and find courage and develop our identities as deaf-blind people.”e!

NFADB is so pleased to have Cathy as part of our family.

OUR MISSION:  NFADB exists to empower the voices of families with individuals who are DeafBlind and advocate for their unique needs.


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