Who We Are

We have a primary objective:

to lead the way for deafblind people to emerge from darkness and silence. The Lega del Filo d’Oro assists, educates, and trains deafblind individuals, empowering them to lead full and productive lives within their communities.

We envision a future where every deafblind child and adult has a safe place in the community.

At the core of this work is the vision of our founder, Sabina Santilli, who became deafblind at the age of 7. Based on her personal experience, she recognized that deafblind individuals could lack support, education and services. In 1964, she gathered a small group of volunteers, motivated by “the precious thread that unites the deafblind community with the outside world.”

Over the years, Lega del Filo d’Oro has built specialized branches with highly qualified staff in eight regions of Italy. Today, the LFO operates residential centers in the metropolitan area surrounding the cities of Ancona, Milan, Modena, Bari and Palermo* and it has offices in Padua, Rome and Naples.

*Locations: Lesmo, Osimo, Modena, Molfetta and Termini Imerese.


Lega del Filo d’Oro is distinguished by our:

Interdisciplinary and personalized approach

Interdisciplinary and personalized approach


Research and experimentation in the field of deafblindness and multisensory disabilities, in partnerships with other organizations

Advocacy and awareness campaigns about this unique disability

Advocacy and awareness campaigns about this unique disability

To maintain that “precious thread that unites deafblind people with the outside world”, we have extended our reach. Friends of Lega del Filo d’Oro was launched in 2016 in the United States, embracing the friendship between Italy and the United States and inviting new friends to join this community.