Links Listed by Specific Disability
Resources for people with hearing impairments
- Adult Deaf Society
of Victoria, Australia. History and information.
- A. G. Bell Association
For The Deaf (AGBAD), Washington, DC.
- ASL Access,
Alexandria, Virginia. Promoting access to American Sign Language (ASL) in
libraries through ASL Video Collections.
- American Sign Language
Teachers Association (ASLTA), Silver Spring, Maryland. National
organization of teachers of American Sign Language (ASL).
- American Society
for Deaf Children (ASDC), Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. An organization of
parents and families that advocates for deaf or hard of hearing children's
total quality participation in education, the family and the community.
- Assistance Dogs
International, Lakewood, Colorado. Coalition of nonprofit organizations
that train and place Assistance Dogs including Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs, and
- ALDA National, Oak
Park, Illinois. The Association of Late Deafened Adults, serving people who
became deaf after establishing a hearing identity.
- Audies Web, International
Federation of HOH & Late Deafened People, Venice, Italy. (In Italian)
- British Deaf Association
(BDA), London, UK. The British Deaf Association exists to ensure that Deaf
people using sign language have the same rights and entitlement as any other
citizens, and represents the British Deaf Community on an international level
through membership in the World Federation of the Deaf and the European Union
of the Deaf.
- British Deaf
History Society, London, UK. Promoting Deaf people's history.
- The California Latino
Council for the Deaf (CLC), Valinda, California. A state-wide group for deaf
Latinos. For more information, contact CLatinoC@aol.com
Companions for Independence, Santa Rosa, California. Trains assistance and
hearing dogs. TTY: 707-577- 1756.
- Children of
Deaf Adults Inc. (CODA), Santa Barbara, California. An organization for
hearing children of Deaf parents, founded by Millie Brother, a CODA.
- Comité International des Sports des
Sourds (CISS), Silver Spring, Maryland. International Deaf Olympic sports
Action Center, Dallas, Texas. Providing services to deaf and hard of
- The Deaf &
Hard of Hearing Entrepreneurs Council (DHHEC), Silver Spring, Maryland. An
organization of deaf owned businesses and entrepreneurs that functions as a
clearinghouse of resources and referrals. For more information contact email@example.com
Broadcasting Council, Herts, UK. Advocating for captioning in television
broadcasts and other rights of Deaf and hard of hearing viewers.
- Deaf Dog Education Action
Fund, Oneco, Florida. Providing education and funding for the purpose of
improving and/or saving the lives of deaf dogs.
Washington, DC. Resources and community site for deaf and hard of hearing
attorneys and law students.
Silver Spring, Maryland. Similar in concept to the Olympics. [Formerly known as
World Games of the Deaf (WGD)]
- DeafMail, UK.
Deaf Peoples Electronic Mail Group, an "independent email-orientated deaf
consumer organisation." Based on the CIX conferencing system using email and
accessible from the Internet through having a CIX account.
Society® National Service Dog Center (NSDC), Renton, Washington. Advocacy
organization for service dog owners.
- Dogs for the
Deaf, Inc., Central Point, Oregon. Trains dogs rescued from animal shelters
to serve as hearing dogs. TTY/V: 541-826-9220.
- Dogs with a
Mission, Washington, DC. Trains service and hearing dogs.
- EF Training Center, North
Hollywood, California. The Annual Deaf Expotm each November, Deaf USA Newspaper
(bimonthly), Deaf souvenirs, and more.
Of Deaf People, Darwen, Lancashire, UK. Campaigning for Deaf people's
rights and recognition of British Sign Language.
- Fidos For
Freedom, Laurel, Maryland. Training hearing, service and therapy dogs. TTY:
- Florida Dog Guides For
The Deaf, Inc., Bradenton, Florida. Providing hearing/signal guide dogs to
deaf residents of Florida. TTY/V: 941-748-8245.
- Great Plains
Assistance Dogs Foundation, Jud, North Dakota. Training hearing, service,
companion, and therapy dogs.
- Hear-More, Farmingdale, New York. Products for Deaf and hard of hearing people including: amplified phones, TTY's, alert systems, amplification devices, vibrators, door sensors, watches, books, and videos.
- Hearing Dogs for
the Deaf Training Centre, Oxon, UK. Trains hearing dogs. TTY/V: +44 (0)
- Information To Go,
formerly the National Information Center on Deafness (NICD) @ Gallaudet
University, Washington, DC. Many Deaf-related publications, some free, and how
to get them. Now part of the Laurent
Clerc National Deaf Education Center.
- International Deaf
Pilots Association (IDPA), Jacksonville, Illinois. Helping Deaf pilots get
and keep their rights to fly.
- Irish Deaf Society,
Dublin, Ireland. Representing the interests of Deaf people in Ireland.
- Language Matters Inc., Silver Spring, Maryland. Cued speech, sign language, spoken language products and services. Resources designed to support language learning and use among deaf and hearing people. Includes educational opportunities, educational materials, and interpreting/transliterating services.
- National Association of the
Deaf (NAD), Silver Spring, Maryland. The "oldest and largest consumer
organization of disabled people in the United States." Affiliates
lists state organizations of the Deaf which have their own websites.
- National Deaf Children's Society
(NDCS), London, UK. Charity dedicated to supporting deaf children, young
deaf people and their families.
- National Education for
Assistance Dog Services, Inc. (NEADS), West Boylston, Massachusetts.
Training hearing and service dogs. TTY/V: 978-422-9064.
- National Fraternal Society
of the Deaf (NFSD), Springfield, Illinois. The only life insurance company
in the world managed entirely by Deaf and hard of hearing people. Membership is
open to qualified Deaf and hard of hearing people. Adult membership begins with
the purchase of life insurance, either permanent or term life.
- National Softball Association of the
Deaf (NSAD), Baltimore, Maryland. An affiliate of USA Deaf Sports
Federation, NSAD is a non-profit recreational and competitive organization
serving Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing regional softball organizations and players.
- Paws With A
Cause, Wayland, Michigan. Trains hearing and service dogs. TTY:
ALAS under the jurisdiction of D.E.A.F. Inc of Greater Boston area serves
Deaf Hispanics on the East Coast.
- Registry of Interpreters
for the Deaf (RID), Alexandria, Virginia. A national membership-based
certification organization for Sign Language Interpreters.
- Royal National
Institute of the Deaf (RNID), London, UK. What's New has all the latest
updates and useful links. RNID is the largest charity representing deaf and
hard of hearing people in the UK.
Francisco SPCA Hearing Dog Program, San Francisco, California. Training
dogs rescued from animal shelters to be hearing and service dogs for qualified
California and Nevada residents. TTY: 415-554-3022.
- The Say What?
Club, University Place, Washington. An international e-mail social club for
deaf/Deaf, late-deafened, and hard of hearing adults and other interested
- Self-Help for the Hard of
Hearing (SHHH), Bethesda, Maryland. Membership organization advocating for
the rights of hard of hearing people.
Northridge, California. Advocating and uniting for hard of hearing people in
- Sign Language Associates (SLA), Silver Spring, Maryland, interpreter services and video interpreting for clients anywhere in the USA, using desktop video-conferencing equipment and and ISDN connection.
- Silent Communications, Miami, Florida. Phones/Pagers and books for deaf and hard of hearing people, interpreters, students and all ASL lovers.
- Summit Assistance Dogs, Anacortes, Washington. Trains hearing dogs and assistance dogs.
- TDI Inc., Silver
Spring, Maryland. Formerly known as Telecommunications For the Deaf Inc. The
organization publishes a National Directory of TTY Numbers in the U.S.,
known as The Blue Book because of the characteristic dark blue cover.
- TRIPOD Captioned
Films, Burbank, California. Also maintains TRIPOD Grapevine, a national
toll-free telephone number for parents seeking help and education information
for their deaf kids; TTY/Voice: 800-352-8888.
- USA Deaf Basketball Inc.
(USDBA), San Leandro, California. An affiliate of USA Deaf Sports
Federation promoting Deaf Amateur basketball activities and competition.
- USA Deaf Ski and Snowboard
Association (USDSSA), Portland, Oregon. A non-profit recreational and
competitive organization of Deaf skiers and snowboarders; affiliated with the
USA Deaf Sports Federation.
- USA Deaf Sports
Federation (USADSF), Odgen, Utah. Originally founded in 1945 as the
American Amateur Union of the Deaf, is an umbrella organization of USA Deaf
Olympics and sports organizations.
- World Federation of the
Deaf (WFD)/Federation Mondiale Des Sourds (FMS) - to get the local address
and other information about Deaf organizations and who to contact in your
country. The U.N. site is
- World Recreation
Association of the Deaf, Inc. (WRAD), Gilbert, Arizona. Bruce Gross,
president, firstname.lastname@example.org. U.S.
organization of grass roots sport and recreational clubs for Deaf people.
- American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry – Facts
for Families provides concise and up–to–date information on issues that affect
children, teenagers, and their families. Access is available to 93 different
subjects. Document #16 is an overview of Learning Disability facts. (aacap.org)
- National Center for Learning
Disabilities – Discusses what a learning disability is, how parents and
school personnel can work together, and the social and emotional challenges of
learning disorders. (ncld.org)
- NCLD Learning Disabilities Checklist – Comprehensive checklist
covers the eight skill areas often affected by learning disabilities. The
checklist is organized by skill set and age group. (ncld.org)
- LD Basics – A
wealth of information describing the full spectrum of learning disabilities and
how to spot them, plus advice for parents on responding and getting help.
- Warning Signs of Learning Disabilities – Gives an extensive
list of learning disability categories. (ldam.org)
- Learning Disabilities – Kid–friendly and encouraging article
about learning disabilities, including signs, causes and help. (Teens
Specific learning disabilities and disorders
Dyslexia – Signs and symptoms of learning disabilities to be aware of.
Learning Disabilities in Mathematics – Discusses symptoms, diagnosis,
effects, and treatment for the learning disability dyscalculia. (National Center
for Learning Disabilities)
- Dysgraphia – Provides a description of the writing problems
that are characteristic of the learning disability dysgraphia, with a wealth of
solutions. (West Virginia University)
Learning Disorders – Excellent overview of this often–neglected learning
disability, which often goes unidentified until adolescence. (LD Online)
Other problems that affect learning
- Auditory Processing Disorder in Children – Clear, detailed
description of this learning disability where the child's ears work properly,
but the brain has trouble interpreting what the ears hear. (National Institute
on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders)
- Learning program based on brain research – Development of Fast
ForWord, a program to help kids with auditory processing disorder learn to read.
Sensory Integration – Provides an overview of the learning disability
sensory integration dysfunction, which heightens and confuses the sensory
information a child takes in. (LD OnLine)
- Early acquisition of ASL, an innovative approach to treating
ADHD (PDF) – authored by Deborah A. Cutter, Psy.D., MFT, Clinical Director
of Creative Behavioral Consultants and Susan M. Zneimer, Ph.D., FACMG , Adjunct
Professor at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
- Learning Disabilities Basics – Selection of articles on
different aspects of learning disabilities including signs and symptoms and
brain research. (Great Schools)
Visual Impairment Resources
- Blindness Resource Center
This extensive meta site
describes online resources relating to blindness and visual impairments.
Categories include access to the Internet, braille, deaf-blindness, eye
diseases, low vision resources, on-line information, organizations, research,
university programs, vendors, and web home pages of the blind community. An
excellent guide, despite a strong commercial influence.
Information about more than a
hundred blindness-related emailing lists and newsgroups, as well as an extensive
listing of more general accessibility disability lists. Also available in plain ASCII, zipped and email
- V.I. Guide; A Guide to Internet Resources About Visual Impairments for Parents and
An extensive and
well-organized guide to on- (and some off-) line resources by the parent of a
child with a visual impairment.
Vision Problems in the U.S.
A report on the prevalence of
adult vision impairment and age-related eye diseases in America, jointly
sponsored by the National Eye Institute and Prevent Blindness America.
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