NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS & ASSOCIATIONS
OF POTENTIAL INTEREST OR USE TO PEOPLE WITH HEARING LOSS
ASSOCIATION OF LATE DEAFENED ADULTS (ALDA,Inc.)
The mission of the Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA) is to support the empowerment of deafened people. Late-Deafened Adults are people who were born hearing, developed spoken language skills, and later lost the ability to understand speech without visual cues. ALDA provides resources and information pertaining to hearing loss, promotes advocacy and awareness of the needs of deafened people, and hosts an annual convention that is held in different cities around the country each year. ALDA is committed to providing a support network and a sense of belonging to persons with hearing loss, and to share our unique experiences, challenges and coping strategies. ALDA endeavors to help people with hearing loss find practical solutions to their everyday communication challenges, and to work together with other organizations and service providers for their common good.
ACOUSTIC NEUROMA ASSOCIATION (ANA)
Since the founding of the Acoustic Neuroma Association (ANA) in 1981, thousands of patients, family members, friends and health care professionals have received comprehensive and non-technical information about acoustic neuroma. Pre- and post-treatment information is provided in their quarterly newsletters, patient information booklets, their website, webinars, and support groups.
ADARA: PROFESSIONALS NETWORKING FOR EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE DELIVERY WITH INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING
The American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association (ADARA) is a national organization that brings together professionals from vocational rehabilitation, mental health, chemical health, education, interpreting, and related fields to share best practices in working with individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing, to address policy and program concerns, and to network. ADARA’s goal is to improve the lives of those they serve while growing professionally. ?
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 (AG Bell) gathers and disseminates information on hearing loss, promotes better public understanding of hearing loss in children and adults, provides scholarships, parent-infant and other financial awards, promotes early detection of hearing loss in infants, publishes books on deafness, and promotes a listening and speaking communication strategy for children and adults with hearing loss.
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF AUDIOLOGY (AAA)
The American Academy of Audiology (AAA) is a professional organization of individuals dedicated to providing high quality hearing care to the public. The AAA provides professional development, education, and research and promotes increased public awareness of hearing disorders and audiologic services.
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OTOLARYNGOLOGY – HEAD & NECK SURGERY
The American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery promotes the art and science of medicine related to otolaryngology – head and neck surgery, including providing continuing medical education courses and publications. It distributes patient leaflets relating to ear, nose and throat problems and offers geographic lists of otolaryngologists – head and neck surgeons for referral use.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES (AAPD)
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is the largest national nonprofit cross-disability member organization in the United States, dedicated to ensuring economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment for the more than 51 million Americans with disabilities. AAPD works in coalition with other disability organizations for the full implementation and enforcement of disability nondiscrimination laws, particularly the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, in addition to other statutes with disability mandates.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF-BLIND (AADB)
The American Association of the Deaf-Blind (AADB) promotes better opportunities and services for deaf-blind people. Its mission is to assure that a comprehensive, coordinated system of services is accessible to all deaf-blind people, enabling them to achieve maximum potential through independence, productivity, and integration into the community.
AMERICAN HEARING RESEARCH FOUNDATION (AHRF)
The American Hearing Research Foundation (AHRF) supports medical research and education into the causes, prevention, and cures of deafness, hearing losses, and balance disorders. AHRF also keeps physicians and the public informed of the latest developments in hearing research and education.
AMERICAN OTOLOGICAL SOCIETY
With the constant and continuous advancements in medicine and the potential direct impact of such advancements on improved services to medical patients, the need to share information and provide education concerning these advancements continues to grow. The American Otological Society, Inc. (AOS), an Illinois not-for-profit organization, provides education relating to the understanding and management of otologic and neurotological disorders. AOS provides such education by: (1) hosting an annual meeting whereby experts in these fields present educational speeches on such topics; (2) offering workshops at the annual meetings during which attendees are encouraged to discuss and share information regarding current topics related to otologic and neurotological disorders; and (3) co-publishing a journal, originally named “The American Journal of Otology” and currently “Otology & Neurotology.”
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION (ASLTA)
The mission of the American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA) is to perpetuate, preserve, and promote American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf Culture through excellence in teaching. This includes teaching ASL as a heritage or first language, as a second language, and as part of Deaf Studies.
AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR DEAF CHILDREN (ASDC)
The American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC) is a nonprofit parent-helping-parent organization promoting a positive attitude toward signing and deaf culture. ASDC also provides support, encouragement, and current information about deafness to families with deaf and hard of hearing children.
AMERICAN SPEECH-LANGUAGE-HEARING ASSOCIATION (ASHA)
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is a professional and scientific organization for speech-language pathologists and audiologists concerned with communication disorders. ASHA provides informational materials and a toll-free HELPLINE number for consumers to inquire about speech, language, or hearing problems. It also provides referrals to audiologists and speech-language pathologists in the United States.
AMERICAN TINNITUS ASSOCIATION (ATA)
The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) provides information about tinnitus and referrals to local hearing professionals and support groups nationwide. ATA also provides a bibliography service, funds scientific research related to tinnitus, and offers regional workshops. ATA also works to promote public education about tinnitus and hearing loss.
ASSOCIATION OF MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS WITH HEARING LOSS (AMPHL)
The Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Loss (AMPHL) provides information, promotes advocacy and mentorship, and creates a network for individuals with hearing loss interested in or working in health care fields.
BETTER HEARING INDUSTRIES (BHI)
The Better Hearing Industries (BHI) is a nonprofit educational organization that implements national public information programs on hearing loss and available medical, surgical, hearing aid, and rehabilitation assistance for millions with uncorrected hearing problems. BHI promotes awareness of hearing loss through television, radio, and print media public service messages.
BOYS’ TOWN NATIONAL RESEARCH HOSPITAL
Boys’ Town Hospital is an internationally recognized center for state-of-the-art research, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals with ear diseases, hearing and balance disorders, cleft lip and palate, and speech/language problems.
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY NORTHRIDGE (CSUN) NATIONAL CENTER ON DEAFNESS (NCOD)
The National Center on Deafness (NCOD) has served over 2,500 students who are deaf and hard of hearing over the past 44 years. NCOD provides communication access, leadership opportunities, scholarships, academic advisement, tutoring, and direct communication classes for approximately 200 students who are deaf and hard of hearing each year.
The Caption Center is a nonprofit service of the WGBH Educational Foundation and the world’s first captioning agency. Offices in Boston, Los Angeles and New York produce captions for every segment of the television, film and video industries and offer an array of services including off-line captions, real-time captions, dual-field, dual-language captions, subtitles and open captions.
CEREBRAL PALSY & DEAF ORGANIZATION (CPADO)
The Cerebral Palsy and Deaf Organization (CPADO) was formed in November of 1998, and published their website in April, 1999. The members of CPADO get together once every month for fun or to discuss matters of concern to persons with cerebral palsy who are also deaf. Anyone who has cerebral palsy and is deaf is welcome to join their group.
CHILDREN OF DEAF ADULTS INTERNATIONAL (CODA)
Children of Deaf Adults (CODA) is a nonprofit organization for the adult hearing sons and daughters of deaf parents. The organization began in 1983 and has grown to include people from many different countries and very different family and extended family situations.
CHILDRENS TUMOR FOUNDATION
The Children’s Tumor Foundation is the oldest and largest national foundation for neurofibromatosis (NF) research and information in the United States. Here you can find information on NF, support groups, NF specialists, research news, educational events, family events, and many other ways to support the NF community.
COMMUNICATION SERVICE FOR THE DEAF (CSD)
Communication Service for the Deaf, Inc. (CSD) was established in 1975, primarily to provide sign language interpreting services to deaf and hard of hearing citizens in South Dakota. Today, CSD employs over 2,000 individuals nationwide to provide social or human services, as well as telecommunications relay services. CSD is a private, nonprofit agency dedicated to providing quality service, ensuring public accessibility, and increasing public awareness of issues affecting people who are deaf, hard of hearing and/or speech impaired.
CONFERENCE OF EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATORS SERVING THE DEAF (CEASD)
The Conference of Educational Administrators Serving the Deaf (CEASD) provides an opportunity for professional educators to work together for the improvement of schools and educational programs for children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing. This organization brings together a rich composite of resources and reaches out to both enhance educational programs and influence educational policy makers.
CONVENTION OF AMERICAN INSTRUCTORS OF THE DEAF (CAID)
The Convention of American Instructors of the Deaf (CAID) is an organization that promotes professional development, communication and information among educators of deaf and other interested people.
COUNCIL OF MANOS
The mission of the Council de Manos (formerly the National Council of Hispano Deaf and Hard of Hearing) is to end injustice. The vision of the Council de Manos is for the people they serve to achieve self-fulfillment.
COUNCIL ON EDUCATION OF THE DEAF (CED)
The Council on Education of the Deaf (CED) is an organization sponsored by seven major national organizations dedicated to quality education for all deaf and hard of hearing students. CED promulgates nationally recognized standards for teachers of deaf and hard of hearing students in all educational settings, accredits university programs preparing teachers of deaf and hard-of-hearing students, and collaborates with a variety of other related organizations through several national committees and workgroups.
The mission of the Deaf Academics organization is to foster interaction between Deaf and hard-of-hearing people in academic or research careers. Deaf academics are deaf or hard of hearing individuals who are scientists, researchers, instructors, professors, or lecturers within an university or laboratory setting. Deaf Academics also welcomes graduate students and other individuals in training.
DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING ALLIANCE (DHHA)
The purpose of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alliance (DHHA) is to focus on federal public policy that can improve the quality of life for people with hearing loss. The DHHA’s major objective is to provide a forum whereby relevant information can be shared, plans made and actions taken for collaborative and mutually supportive efforts.
DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING IN GOVERNMENT (DHHIG)
Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Government (DHHIG) is a non-profit resource organization and employee support group for deaf or hard of hearing government employees.
DEAF PILOTS ASSOCIATION (DPA)
The mission of the Deaf Pilots Association, Inc. (DPA) is to provide knowledge and resources to deaf and hard of hearing people interested in becoming pilots, as well as to educate the general population, especially the aviation industry, throughout the nation and world that deaf people can become pilots.
DEAF SENIORS OF AMERICA (DSA)
The mission of Deaf Seniors of America (DSA) is to improve the quality of life for senior citizens who are deaf by: providing seminars dealing with issues impacting their well-being and safety; conducting awareness projects or activities among decision makers, providers of services and the general public regarding their unique needs, and; acquainting those senior citizens with national, state, and local resources that will contribute to their positive image and fuller participation in the mainstream society.
DEAF WOMEN UNITED (DWU)
Deaf Women United (DWU) is an organization that is of, for and by Deaf women. DWU focuses on advocacy, education and outreach. Deaf communities are scattered throughout the country, which makes networking critically important for the exchange of information, empowerment and enhancement in the quality of lives of all deaf people. Today, there is not enough equal access. With improved telecommunications, computer technology advancement and electronic mail, DWU can further its goals and offer its members increased access to fulfill their needs.
DESCRIBED AND CAPTIONED MEDIA PROGRAM (DCMP)
The Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) aims to educate students with sensory disabilities, along with their parents and teachers. It is a free service whose major network-produced, educational content is carefully customized to serve the needs of K-12 students, as well as adult students studying to meet the needs of blind and deaf students.
GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY (GU)
Gallaudet offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and numerous continuing education and summer courses. Gallaudet also serves the national and international deaf communities by providing them with information and conducting research on deafness.
GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION (GUAA)
The Gallaudet University Alumni Association (GUAA) represents more than 13,000 alumni of Gallaudet University across the United States and around the world. The GUAA, which is governed by a nationally elected board of directors, provides a variety of services that support and benefit the University, the alumni, and the general deaf community.
HEARING EDUCATION & AWARENESS FOR ROCKERS (HEAR)
Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers (HEAR) educates the public about the real dangers of hearing loss resulting from repeated exposure to excessive noise levels. HEAR offers information about hearing protection, hearing aids, assistive listening devices, ear monitor systems, testing, and other information about hearing loss and tinnitus. HEAR also operates public hearing awareness campaigns, programs for schools and seminars, and distributes earplugs to club and concertgoers.
HEARING HEALTH FOUNDATION
The Hearing Health Foundation is the nation’s largest voluntary health organization, providing grants for fellowships, symposia and research into causes, treatment and prevention of all ear disorders. It also provides information and referral services.
HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (HLAA)
The goal of the Hearing Loss Association of America is to reduce the impact of hearing loss on a person’s daily life. HLAA provides information and support through an award winning magazine, a continuously updated website, one to one, and through a network of 250 community-based chapters and affiliates. HLAA also serves as the nation’s voice for people with hearing loss. HLAA works to improve community access, reimbursement for life changing hearing technology, and improved telecommunications regulations and emergency alerting for people with hearing loss.
HEATH RESOURCE CENTER AT GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
The Heath Resource Center at George Washington University (HEATH) disseminates information nationally about disability issues in postsecondary education. It offers publications and a telephone service for administrators, service providers, teachers, instructors, rehabilitation counselors, health professionals, as well as individuals with disabilities and their families.
HELEN KELLER NATIONAL CENTER FOR DEAF-BLIND YOUTHS & ADULTS (HKNC)
The Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC) and its ten regional offices provide diagnostic evaluations, comprehensive vocational and personal adjustment training, and job preparation and placement for people who are deaf-blind from every state and territory. HKNC field services include information and referral, advocacy and technical assistance to professionals, consumers and families.
HOUSE EAR INSTITUTE (HEI)
Through research and education, the House Ear Institute aims to improve the quality of life of those with an ear disease or hearing and balance disorders. Scientists are exploring the causes of auditory disorders on the cellular and molecular level as well as refining the application of auditory implants and hearing aids. The CARE Center offers a full-range of pediatric hearing tests, otologic and audiologic evaluation and treatment, rehabilitation, hearing aid dispensing and cochlear implant services. Outreach programs focus on families with hearing impaired children.
INTERNATIONAL CATHOLIC DEAF ASSOCIATION (ICDA)
The International Catholic Deaf Association (ICDA) promotes ministry for Catholic deaf people. Chapters are encouraged to arrange Sunday masses for deaf people in their local areas with the liturgy presented in sign language. ICDA responds to spiritual-related requests worldwide.
INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF HARD OF HEARING PEOPLE (IFHOH)
The International Federation of Hard of Hearing People (IFHOH) is an international, non-governmental organization, representing the interests of more than 300 million hard of hearing people world wide. IFHOH is registered as a charitable organization at Vereinsregister Amtsgericht Hamburg, Germany (Nr. 69 VR 10 527) and is also an International Non-Governmental Organization having special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It also works closely with the World Health Organization, having agreed to a two-year joint work program for developing countries with the Prevention of Blindness and Deafness section of that Organization.
INTERNATIONAL LUTHERAN DEAF ASSOCIATION (ILDA)
The International Lutheran Deaf Association (ILDA) promotes ministry for deaf people throughout the Lutheran Church.
JEWISH DEAF CONGRESS (JDC)
The Jewish Deaf Congress (JCD) advocates for religious, educational, and cultural ideals and fellowship for Jewish deaf people. JCD conducts workshops for rabbis, parents of deaf children and interpreters. JCD works with 20 affiliates and maintains a hall of fame.
JOHN TRACY CLINIC (JTC)
The John Tracy Clinic (JTC) is an educational facility for preschool-age children who have hearing loss and their families. In addition to on-site services, worldwide correspondence courses in English and Spanish are offered to parents whose children are of preschool age and who are hard of hearing, deaf or deaf-blind. All services of JTC are free of charge to the families.
JUNIOR NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF (JR NAD)
The Junior NAD, an affiliate program of the National Association of the Deaf, develops and promotes citizenship, scholarship and leadership skills in deaf and hard of hearing students (grades 7-12) through chapter projects, national conventions, contests and other activities. The Junior NAD also sponsors a month-long Youth Leadership Camp program each summer at Camp Taloali in Oregon.
LEAGUE FOR THE HARD OF HEARING
The mission of the League for the Hard of Hearing is to improve the quality of life for infants, children, and adults with all degrees of hearing loss. They accomplish their mission by providing hearing rehabilitation and human services for people who are hard of hearing or deaf, and their families, regardless of age, ability to pay, or mode of communication, and by striving to empower consumers to achieve their potential. Their leadership adheres to the highest clinical standards, conducts extensive hearing conservation and public education programs about hearing, and develops best practice models for disciplines that are related to hearing.
NATIONAL ASIAN DEAF CONGRESS (NADC)
The National Asian Deaf Congress (NADC) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to define and address the cultural, political and social issues experienced by Asians who are deaf or hard of hearing. NADC is strengthened by the diversity of its members and organizations that represent various geographic regions, languages, religions, cultures and generations. NADC strives to provide education, empowerment, and leadership for its respective members and organizations.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE AGENCIES OF THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING (NASADHH)
The purpose of the National Association of State Agencies of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NASADHH) is to function as the national voice of state agencies serving deaf and hard of hearing persons and to promote the implementation of best practices in the provision of such services.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE RELAY ADMINISTRATORS (NASRA)
The purposes of the National Association of State Relay Administrators (NASRA) are to educate its members about regulatory standards and to advocate for regulatory changes that promote and improve quality and efficiency of Telecommunication Relay Services (TRS); to share information and develop ideal standards for TRS administration, to share cost-effective ideas and techniques to restrain or reduce the cost of TRS, and to promote ideas about community outreach; to provide representation to other professional, technical and consumer organizations desiring input; and to actively examine and advance discussion about issues pertaining to TRS. TRS is an operator service that allows people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, or have a speech disorder to place calls to standard telephone users via a keyboard or assistive device.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF (NAD)
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the nation’s largest organization safeguarding the accessibility and civil rights of 28 million deaf and hard of hearing Americans in education, employment, health care and telecommunications. NAD focuses on grassroots advocacy and empowerment, captioned media, deafness-related information and publications, legal assistance, policy development and research, public awareness and youth leadership development.
NATIONAL BLACK DEAF ADVOCATES (NBDA)
The National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA) promotes leadership, deaf awareness and active participation in the political, educational and economic processes that affect the lives of black deaf citizens. NBDA currently has 26 chapters in the United States and the Virgin Islands.
NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE (NCI)
The National Captioning Institute (NCI) provides captioning services for television networks, program producers, cablecasters, producers of home entertainment DVD’s, advertisers and other organizations in federal and private sector.
NATIONAL CATHOLIC OFFICE FOR THE DEAF (NCOD)
The National Catholic Office for the Deaf (NCOD) assists in coordinating efforts of people and organizations involved in the church’s ministry with deaf and hard of hearing people; serves as a resource center for information concerning spiritual needs and religious educational materials; and assists bishops and pastors with their pastoral responsibilities to people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
NATIONAL CENTER FOR ACCESSIBLE MEDIA (NCAM)
The National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM), located at station WGBH in Boston, aims to increase access to public mass media (television, radio, print, movies, multimedia) for underserved consumers such as people with disabilities or speakers of other languages. NCAM researches and develops media access technologies that make mass media more inclusive or expand their use, and acts as a resource to broadcasters, producers, educators and consumers through consulting, training, journal articles and conferences.
NATIONAL COUNCIL ON INDEPENDENT LIVING (NCIL)
The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) is a national organization that advances the independent living philosophy and advocates for human rights of, and service for people with disabilities.
NATIONAL CUED SPEECH ASSOCIATION
National Cued Speech Association promotes and supports the effective use of Cued Speech for communication, language acquisition and literacy. Cued Speech is a sound-based visual communication system, which in English, uses eight handshapes in four different locations (”cues”) in combination with the natural mouth movements of speech, to make all the sounds of spoken language look different.
NATIONAL FAMILY ASSOCIATION FOR DEAF-BLIND (NFADB)
The National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB) is organized to provide a national voice for the promotion of support, services and policies that impact individuals who are deaf-blind and their families.
NATIONAL ORGANIZATION ON DISABILITY (NOD)
The mission of the National Organization on Disability (NOD) is to expand the participation and contribution of America’s 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life. By raising disability awareness through programs and information, NOD works toward closing the participation gaps.
NATIONAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF (NTID)
AT ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (RIT)
The National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), located at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, provides technological postsecondary education to deaf and hard of hearing students. NTID disseminates informational materials and instructional videotapes on issues related to deaf people and deaf culture.
NATIONAL THEATRE OF THE DEAF (NTD)
The National Theater of the Deaf (NTD) concentrates on artistic and theatrical professional development of deaf actors. NTD tours the United States and abroad, and also presents Little Theatre of the Deaf productions in schools, theaters, museums and libraries. NTD sponsors a professional school and Deaf Theatre Conference for deaf individuals.
The Neurofibromatosis (NF) Network (formerly NF, Inc.) was founded in 1988. It is the leading national organization advocating for federal funding for NF research and building and supporting NF communities. The NF Network’s goal is to eradicate the health issues, pain, isolation and uncertainty that the diagnosis of NF inflicts. The NF Network provides opportunities for local NF organizations to share experiences. The network is a dynamic and growing open space for shared resources, development of new tools, and creation of innovative programs. It brings together groups from around the country to speak as one voice on national issues.
NF2 CREW (NEUROFIBROMATOSIS TYPE 2)
The NF2 Crew is one of the largest NF2 (Neurofibromatosis Type 2) support groups in existence, with hundreds of members spanning the globe. They connect through a variety of Internet-based communication mediums, but mainly Facebook or e-mail via Yahoo.
REGISTRY OF INTERPRETERS FOR THE DEAF (RID)
The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) is a professional organization that certifies interpreters, provides information on interpreting to the general public, publishes a national directory of certified interpreters and makes referrals to interpreter agencies. RID has an established Code of Professional Conduct which provides for ethical practices of interpreters and has an Ethical Practices System to handle complaints and enforcement.
SAY WHAT CLUB (SWC)
The Say What Club (SWC) is an on-line group of about 400 late-deafened, hard of hearing and deaf adults and other interested people who provide support and encouragement to each other through e-mail. The goal of the SWC is to provide a friendly, good-humored place to exchange conversation, information, advice, deep thoughts, humor, tall tales, and chit-chat. Participants get to know each other and develop an on-line “community feeling.”
SIGNING EXACT ENGLISH CENTER (SEE Center)
The Signing Exact English Center (SEE Center) has information on services for deaf children nationwide. In addition, questions about communication and deafness can be answered or referrals made to appropriate sources. The SEE Center also administers the Educational Sign Skills Evaluation (ESSE), which was developed to provide a means of identifying the dominant signing style of an individual and to provide meaningful, helpful feedback on areas of strength and areas in need of improvement. The ESSE provides an overall expressive skills rating as well as information on the type, level, and degree of understanding demonstrated receptively for both English-related signing and signing in American Sign Language.
Signing Savvy is a free online sign language dictionary containing several thousand high resolution videos of American Sign Language (ASL) signs, fingerspelled words, and other common signs used within the United States and Canada.
TELECOMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT DISTRIBUTION PROGRAMS ASSOCIATION (TEDPA)
The Telecommunication Equipment Distribution Programs Association (TEDPA) is an organization of the administrators of each state’s federally mandated telecommunication equipment distribution program for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or disabled. The mission of TEDPA is to convene for the purpose of information exchange and to assist one another with the administration of specialized telecommunication equipment distribution programs for persons with disabilities; to educate its members about state and federal regulatory issues and to advocate for changes when they seem to be in the interest of improved quality and efficiency of specialized telecommunications equipment and related programs; to share information about program administration, to share cost-effective ideas and techniques, and to promote ideas about community outreach; to provide representation to other professional, technical and consumer organizations desiring input and to actively examine and advance discussion about issues pertaining to specialized telecommunications equipment when appropriate as determined by TEDPA members, prepare items for membership review and submit advisory opinions about those issues.
TELECOMMUNICATIONS FOR THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING, INC. (TDI)
Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI) is a consumer advocacy organization that provides leadership in achieving equal access to telecommunications, media, and information technologies for 37 million Americans who are deaf and hard of hearing. TDI publishes the TDI World quarterly magazine and the annual TDI National Directory & Resource Guide, also known as the Blue Book. TDI’s tag line is “Shaping an Accessible World.”
UNITED METHODIST CONGRESS OF THE DEAF
The United Methodist Congress of the Deaf celebrates and promotes Christian leadership and discipleship within the Deaf community.
THREE ANGELS DEAF MINISTRIES (3ADM)
Three Angels Deaf Ministry (3ADM) is a nonprofit religious organization by and for deaf people which encourages and supports religious outreach to deaf people, promotes their role in the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) church and its decisions, educates church officials and the public concerning the needs of deaf people, serves as a ministry resource, and provides easy reading materials and educational videos in sign language.
USA DEAF SPORTS FEDERATION (USADSF)
The USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) is the governing body for all deaf sports and recreation in the United States. The USADSF supports the US team in Deaf World Games and other regional, national, and international competitions.
VESTIBULAR DISORDERS ASSOCIATION (VEDA)
The Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA) provides information and support for people with inner-ear vestibular disorders and develops awareness of the issues surrounding these disorders.
WORLD WIDE WEB CONSORTIUM (W3C)
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential as a forum for information, commerce, communication, and collective understanding. WAI recommends approaches for developers to make widgets, navigation, and behaviors accessible to people with disabilities.
WORLD FEDERATION OF THE DEAF (WFD)
The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) is an international, non-governmental, central organization of national associations of the deaf. Founded in 1951 in Rome, Italy, the WFD has several objectives, with cooperation among national organizations of the deaf as its primary goal. The Federation emphasizes human rights, equal opportunities, removing barriers to communication; strengthening educational programs, and improving access to information and services worldwide.
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