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     Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell)

    The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing advocates for the listening and spoken language approach. Families who choose this communication method can receive support from local chapters and the parent hotline. Resources are also available for professionals in the field of listening and spoken language.

     

    American Academy of Audiology (AAA)

    As one of the largest professional organizations for audiologists, members have access to professional development, education, and research. Audiologists can receive support for providing quality hearing care services.

     

    The American Association of the Deaf-Blind (AADB)

     AADB is an organization comprised of and maintained by deaf-blind Americans and their supporters to support the quality of life for all deaf-blind Americans. Information on deaf-blind camps, emergency preparation, support service providers, and factsheets are available.

     

     American Cochlear Implant Alliance

    The American Cochlear Implant Alliance sponsors research and increases awareness for cochlear implant users. Posted are various articles and guidelines on cochlear implant usage in children or adults.

     

    American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC)

     ASDC is a national organization of families and professionals helping families find meaningful connections through the use of visual language, American Sign Language. ASL weekends, online classes, or resources offer families a chance to connect to each other and to their deaf child.

     

    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

    ASHA is a member association for professionals in the field of communication disorders or science. ASHA offers professional and scientific resources, as well as a membership program. Non-professionals can find some resources on audiology and speech-language on their public page.


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    Beginnings

    BEGINNINGS for Parents of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing helps parents and families understand hearing loss and the diverse needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Resources about communication options, early intervention, education, and technology are posted online at no cost to parents.

    Boys Town National Research Hospital

     Boys Town National Research Hospital is a national clinical research center for childhood hearing loss. Their scope of work includes causes of hearing loss, hearing screenings or listening technology. Parents who have questions about infant hearing screening and follow up testing can find helpful steps and guidance at My Baby's Hearing.


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    Clerc Center

     The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center advocates for high-quality education for deaf and hard of hearing students from birth to age 21 throughout the United States. Information, training, and technical assistance is available for parents and professionals.

     

    Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD)

     CEASD is an association of schools and educational programs advocating for the education of deaf and hard of hearing individuals on a local, state and federal level. Advocacy kits are available to support parents and schools on communication plans, relationships, and policies. CEASD also offer school accreditations to schools that exhibit high-quality services and education for deaf and hard of hearing students. 

     

    Convention of American Instructors of the Deaf (CAID)

     The Convention of American Instructors of the Deaf(CAID) is an organization for teachers or educators working with deaf and hard-of-hearing students.  Professional resources and networking opportunities are fostered to equip its members with resources and strategies for student learning. 


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    Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alliance

    The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alliance (DHHA) is a coalition of organizations working to influence public policy for deaf or hard of hearing people. Representatives of the alliance are from non-profit organizations that work to improve the quality of life for people with hearing loss.

     

    DeafTEC

     DeafTEC: Technological Education Center for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students is a resource for high school or college programs that employ or educate deaf and hard of hearing individuals. It is their aim to establish partnerships with programs to increase education and access to the STEM field for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. Students can learn more about careers  or professionals working in the STEM field.

     

    Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    CDC  has been conducting research on deaf and hard of hearing children since the early 1980’s.  They use the information to support health departments, service providers and early intervention programs in service planning, advocacy and intervention. The Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) Program provides information on detecting hearing loss at an early age and resources to support parents in navigating options. The Hearing Loss various resources that support parents, professionals and state programs.

     

    Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP)

    Funded by the Department of Education, DCMP streams different kinds of educational media such as tv shows, movies, interactive lesson plans, or other resources. This free service is customized for K-12 students with varying disabilities. Professionals and families can utilize their media in instruction.
     

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    Educational Audiology Association 

    An international organization, the Educational Audiology Association is a primary resource and advocate for educational audiologists and related professionals who work in school settings. Publication and products are focused on equipping educational audiologists with resources and skills to provide a full range of hearing services to children in educational settings. 


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    Hands & Voices

     Hands & Voices is a non-profit, parent-driven organization dedicated to supporting families of deaf or hard of hearing children. Information about communication methodologies are provided to families in an effort to support them in making the best choices for their children. Local chapters are available throughout the nation.

     

    Hearing Health Foundation

     Hearing Health Foundation (HHF) is the largest private funder of hearing research. Research focuses on the prevention and treatment of different types of hearing disorders through projects and education

     

    Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)

    HLAA provides assistance and resources for people with hearing loss to navigate life successfully. Programs and events are available to support deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

     

    Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults  

     The Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) provides services, programs and resources for deaf-blind youth and adults across the nations. Its national vocational rehabilitation center provides opportunities and strategies for deaf-blind individuals seeking educational and professional training.


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    A non-profit organization founded by a mother of a deaf child to provide free online sign language classes and resources to families who choose to sign language as a communication and language option.

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    National Association of the Deaf (NAD)

    NAD is a consumer organization safeguarding the accessibility and civil rights of deaf and hard of hearing Americans. They advocate in areas of education, employment, health care, and telecommunications. Their advocacy includes a grassroots and a legislative approach in which they provide policy counsel and legal assistance. They have an extensive youth program serving deaf and hard of hearing students from middle school to college.

     

    National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA)

     NBDA is the oldest and largest consumer organization of deaf and hard of hearing black people in the United States. They work to improve civil rights and equal access.

     

    National Center on Deaf-Blindness

     The National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) is a national technical assistance center funded by the Department of Education. Their resources and priorities are directed towards improving educational results and quality of life for children who are deaf-blind and their families.

     

    National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM)

    NCHAM leads the effort in newborn hearing screening and early intervention. The center serves as the National Resource Center for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) systems.

     
     

    NCSA advocates for cued speech. Families and professionals can find resources to support the learning and awareness of cued speech. 

    National Deaf Center

    NDC is a technical assistance and dissemination center funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). NDC uses research-based strategies and resources to educate stakeholders who are deaf and hard of hearing or work with deaf and hard of hearing individuals in postsecondary settings.
      

    National Family Association for Deaf-Blind

     The National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB) is a nonprofit, volunteer-based family association with a focus on supporting families who have deaf-blind family members. Informational webinars and family training are two of their activities.

     

    National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

     NIDCD is part of the network of the National Institutes of Health. NIDCD supports and conducts research and distributes information to improve the lives of millions of individuals with communication disorders. The NIDCD Information Clearinghouse provides information and resources on a broad scope.
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     Raising Deaf Kids

     Raising Deaf Kids is a web resource maintained by the Deafness and Family Communication Center (DFCC) at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The website provides information and resources on hearing loss in children at different stages of their growth. Other than hearing loss, the website offers guidance on some common topics such as self-esteem or homework. A Spanish site is also available.

     

    Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

     The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID) is a national membership organization that advocates for quality interpretation and transliteration services for deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Its interpreter certification program establishes levels of interpreting proficiencies. Other resources include CEU opportunities or an interpreter directory.


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    Say What? Club

     SayWhatClub is an on-line group of late-deafened, hard of hearing and Deaf adults who provide support and encouragement to each other through e-mail and a Facebook group. The club promotes an on-line “community feeling.”

     

    SEE Center for the Advancement of Deaf Children

     The SEE Center provides quality training and support for those who use Signing Exact English (SEE). Services include a Facebook support group, online SEE courses and testing.

     

    Signwise for Kids

    Signwise for Kids is a resource center that provides quality assurance of American Sign Language (ASL) resources. Reviews and consultations are provided for publishers or creators of ASL resources.


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    Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI)

     TDI is a national advocacy organization focused on addressing equal access issues in telecommunications, media, and information technology. The TDI Blue Book is a directory of businesses, divided into seven categories. These businesses serve deaf and hard of hearing people.


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    Visual Language and Visual Learning

    Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) is Gallaudet University's Science of Learning Center. Its programs and research explore how learning is processed visually in deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Research is used to develop best practices in education. Educators and parents can utilize some of their research briefs, tools and programs. One tool, the Storybook apps are a sign language resource made available for the public, especially children.