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Hearing Impairment - Resources

American Association of the Deaf-Blind - AADB is a national consumer advocacy orgaznization for persons who have combined hearing and vision impairments.

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf - The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf is a nonprofit membership organization established to empower persons who are hearing impaired to function independently by promoting universal rights and optimal opportunities to learn to use, maintain, and improve all aspects of their verbal communications, including their abilities to speak, speechread, use residual hearing, and process both spoken and written language.

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National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders - National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), one of the National Institutes of Health, supports and conducts research on the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech and language.

National Association of the Deaf - NAD is a consumer advocacy organization promoting equal access to communication, education, and employment opportunities fo people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association (ADARA)
P.O. Box 251554, Little Rock, AR 72225
(501)868-8850 (Voice/TTY); (501)868-8812 (FAX)
ADARA is a network of professionals who serve people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Modern Talking Picture Services, Inc.(MTSP)
5000 Park Street North St. Petersburg, FL 33709
(813)545-8781; 800-237-6213 (Voice/TTY); (813)545-8782
The Captioned Films/Video program of MTPS is a free loan service funded by the Dept. of Ed.

BEGINNINGS - A Non-Profit Agency Providing an Objective Approach to Meeting the Diverse Needs of Families with Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and the Professionals Who Serve Them

Closed Captioning Web - This site is about video and film captioning for persons with hearing impairments.

Captioned media program - Free-loan media (no rental fees) Funded by the U.S. Department of Education Deaf and hard of hearing persons, teachers, parents, and others may borrow materials.

Council on Education of the Deaf The purpose of this site is to facilitate the identification and sharing of information, questions, and collaborative opportunities concerning the education of deaf/hard-of-hearing students.

DB-LINK - National Information Clearinghouse On Children Who Are Deaf-Blind A federally funded information and referral service that identifies, coordinates, and disseminates (at no cost) information related to children and youth who are deaf-blind.

Deaf/Hard of Hearing This site contains excellent web sites, organizations, general informations and chat lines dealing hearing impairments.

Deafness Resources from the Mining Company The Spotlight is an update site of news items for persons with hearing impairments. Through this site, you can also get a FREE weekly Web Site Update newsletter of interest to persons with hearing impairments.

The Deaf Resource Library This site is 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.

Enhancing Science Education for Students Who Are Deaf This site is about distance learning for students with hearing impairments. This program is facilitated through the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, NY. Segmenrs of the site include: What Research Says to the Teacher, Writing to Learn Science, Deaf Scientists, Hands-on Activities, and a Bibliography: Science Education for Deaf Students.

Equal Access to Software and Information The recipient of a grant from the National Science Foundation to collect and disseminate materials on providing access to science, engineering and math for persons with disabilities. Some of its materials are suitable for K-12 and some more useful for post-secondary education.

Hearing Exchange This site is suitable for parents whose child has hearing impairments. They are an online community for the exchange of ideas and information on hearing loss. It also provides a chat room for people to meet up with experts and other people who have the same interest.

Helen Keller National Center For Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults This center operates an extensive system of field services nationwide for people who are deaf-blind within their local communities and their families, as well as public and private service providers and professionals.

National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Information Center This web page provides information on ASL, legal rights, deaf culture and community, education, employment, etc.

National Captioning Institute NCI provides captioned programming and technology for millions of people who can benefit from captioned television.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Clearinghouse NIDCD facilitates and enhances the dissemination of information in the following areas: hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language.

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) A membership organization which include professional interpreters and transliterators.

Sign Media, Inc. Producer of videotaped and text material on American Sign Language and American Deaf Culture. This page is a guide to various aspects of this unique visual culture and its language. You will also find information about various video and print resources to help you learn more about the Deaf Community, its language and its culture.

Assistive Technology Catalogs for Hearing Impairment This list contains companies that offer assistive technology to aid a person who has a hearing impairment or who is deaf. (Note: You need to have Acrobat Reader to open this file.)


  1. American Sign Language Dictionary by Multimedia 2000
    Collection of 2200 Video Clips of signs, learning games, animations and finger spelling.
    Availability: Commercial Product
    Contact: Multimedia 2000 USA
    Phone: +1-206-622-5530
    Fax: +1-206-622-4380
  2. ASL Finger spelling by Scott Gaertner
    Program designed to help you learn ASL finger spelling, speed control to accommodate varying levels of user competency.
    Availability: Freeware
    Contact: Scott Gaertner USA
    E-mail: srg@where.com
  3. Click It! by IntelliTools. Inc.
    Lets you point and clikc without a mouse: pinpoint screen hot spots, assign keystrokes which can then be mapped onto Intelli Keys overlays. For students who cannot use a mouse. Click It! allows you to create mouseless access to point-and-click sofftware. Click It! works with whatever application you are using.
    Availability: Commercial Product
    Contact: IntelliTools. Inc.
    Phone: +1-800-899-6687, +1-707-773-2000
    Fax: +1-707-773-2001
    E-mail: info@intellitools.com
  4. L'aventurier des confusions (auditives) by Adeprio Diffusion
    Software for rehabilitating hearing problems with the help of interactive stories. Education, speech, therapy, reading, spelling. Created and used by speech therapists.
    Availability: Commercial
    Contact: Adeprio Diffusion, France.
    Phone: +33-0-134-670-552
    Fax: +33-0-134-468-470
    E-mail: adepriodif@wanadoo.fr
  5. HyperSign: Interactive Dictionary of American Sign Language version 2.0 by Trinity Software
    If you have a hearing-impaired family member or friend, HyperSIgn will help you become a better communicator. HyperSign displays the ASL signs for 2000 words in full motion video. HyperSign can be customized for specific needs.
    Availability: Commercial Product
    Contact: Trinity USA
    Phone: +1-800-352-1282
    Fax: +1-603-536-9951
    E-mail: trsoft@lr.net
  6. Interactive Sign Language Fingerspelling and Numbers by Palatine Inc.
    This software is a language-training program that translates and typed letter, number, or word into finger spelling signs. Interactive Sign Language provides to improving comprehension and increasing signing speed, the software acts as a personal trainer. With the help of photographs and actual animation of hands, users are able to master finger spelling and numbers quickly and easily.
    Availability: Commercial product
    Contact: Palatine Inc.
    Phone: +1-800-475-1119
    Fax: +1-206-933-6301
    E-mail: info@palatine.co
  7. Personal Communicator version 2.4 by Communication Technology Laboratory, Michigan State University.
    Using interactive digital video and speech synthesis technology, the Personal Communicator is a user-friendly program that brings ASL communication capabilities to the desktop and notebook computer. With more than 2500 digital video signs and 4500 English words, the Personal Communicator can be a useful tool in communication, education and other environments. The Personal Communicator also can convert your typed English text into ASL signs and speech for learning or communication purposes. It also features interactive learning playroom.
    Availability: Commercial product
    Contact: Communication Technology Laboratory, Michigan State university.
    Phone: +1-517-353-9229
    Fax: +1-517-353-5498
    E-mail: director@commtechlab.msu.edu
  8. Sign Language Sign Right by Ecological Linguistics
    Symbols transcriptions of hand shapes, movements, 24 and 48 point bitmapped fonts, iconic symbols developed from European dictionaries.
    Availability: Commercial product
    Contact: Ecological Linguistics USA
    Phone: +1-202-546-5862
    E-mail: ecoling@aol.com
  9. Sign Link: Lexicon of ASL version 1.0 by Sorenson Vision, Inc.
    Multimedia dictionary and tutorial for ASL which also includes material on grammar, history and phonetics. Word search features lets you type in English equivalents to retrieve the required signs, also includes more than 100 video clips of the most common signs; includes context sensitive help screens.
    Availability: Commercial product
    Contact: Sorenson Vision, Inc. USA
    Phone: +1-435-716-8800
    Fax: +1-435-716-8801
    E-mail: orders@s-vision.com
  10. Soft TTY version 1.3.1 by Intelligent Products

    Configurable software which provides a full TTY without the need for additional hardware. A TTY is a device used by the deaf and hard of hearing for communicating over the telephone. This software is an inexpensive solution to hard TTY.
    Availability: Commercial product
    Contact: Intelligent Products USA
    E-mail: sales@softtty.com