Deaf or Hard of Hearing Resources

A rich collection of resources on the World Wide Web is available to those who wish to know more about appropriate accommodations for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The following websites provide a good start.

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf
One of the world's largest membership organizations and information centers on pediatric hearing loss and the auditory approach.
http://www.agbell.org/

American Academy of Audiology
General information and resources on audiology.
http://www.audiology.com/

American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association (ADARA)
Professionals networking for excellence in service delivery with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
http://www.adara.org/

American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA)
General information on Speech Language Hearing.
http://www.asha.org/

Animated American Sign Language Dictionary
Provides signs for letters and animated signs for words and phrases as well as information on Deaf culture.
http://aslphabet.com/home.html

Better Hearing Institute
Comprehensive information on hearing loss, tinnitus, and hearing aids.
http://www.betterhearing.org/

Captioned Media Program
Information regarding open-captioned, free-loan media and other services.
http://www.cfv.org/

Closing the Gap
Computer Technology in Special Education and Rehabilitation
http://www.closingthegap.com/

Deaf Resource Library
An online collection of reference material and links intended to educate and inform people about Deaf cultures in Japan and the United States; as well as deaf and hard of hearing related topics.
http://www.deaflibrary.org/

Disability-Related Resources on the Internet
A comprehensive list of Web sites and discussion lists related to disability.
http://www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/DRR/

Equal Access to Software and Information (EASI)
Workshops, publications, and resources about computer access for people with disabilities
http://people.rit.edu/easi/index.htm

Gallaudet University
Liberal Arts University for Deaf and hard of hearing students, with demographic and research information on Deaf people worldwide and extensive resources for teaching Deaf students.
http://clerccenter.gallaudet.edu/

Handspeak
Visual language dictionary.
http://www.handspeak.com/

Healthy Hearing
Online database of hearing and health information, including product reviews and videos.
http://www.healthyhearing.org/

League for the Hard of Hearing
Information regarding hearing rehabilitation and human service programs for people who are hard of hearing and deaf.
http://www.lhh.org/

National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
A consumer advocate organization promoting equal access to communication, education, and employment opportunities for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
http://www.nad.org/

National Captioning Institute (NCI)
NCI provides captioned programming and technology for millions of people who can benefit from captioned television.
http://www.ncicap.org/

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
Comprehensive site providing information on deafness and communication disorders.
http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/

National Task Force of Quality of Services for Post-Secondary Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students.
Report on accommodations and teaching strategies to support postsecondary students who are deaf and hard of hearing.
http://netac.rit.edu/publication/taskforce/

National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID)
To promote effective communication through the establishment of a nationally based system for sharing signs used by skilled signers in particular academic and career environments.
http://www.ntid.rit.edu/

PEPNet Resource Center
PEPNet, the Postsecondary Education Programs Network, is the national collaboration of the four Regional Postsecondary Education Centers for Individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
http://www.pepnet.org/

Postsecondary Education Program Network
For colleges and universities serving deaf and hard of hearing students, includes online orientation to teaching students with hearing impairments.
http://www.sewardls.com/pepnet/cover.htm

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID)
A membership organization that includes professional interpreters and transliterators.
http://www.rid.org/

Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, Inc. (SHHH)
Information, education, support and advocacy for people with hearing loss.
http://www.shhh.org/

VITAC - Descriptive Video Resource
Providing both captioning and video description services.
http://www.vitac.com/

For additional information consult the DO-IT publication Working Together: Computers and People with Sensory Impairments.