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Last Updated: 03/28/17

Topics Here:

  1. Deaf Education
  2. Deaf News
  3. Learning ASL
  4. Products and Services for
    the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HOH)
  5. Important Sources of Information
  6. Deaf Advocates

1. Deaf Education

  1. Accredited Online Colleges
  2. Center for Online Education
  3. Gallaudet University
    Deaf & Hard of Hearing
  4. RIT - Rochester Institute of Technology
    Deaf & Hard of Hearing

2. Deaf News

1. Disability Rights - Online News

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990: The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) is a law that was enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1990. It was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H. W. Bush, and later amended with changes effective January 1, 2009.

The ADA is a wide ranging civil rights law that prohibits, under certain circumstances, discrimination based on disability. It affords similar protections against discrimination to Americans with disabilities as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which made discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, and other characteristics illegal.

2. American Civil Liberties Union

The ACLU is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.

3. Learning ASL Online

1. Life Print - ASLU (American Sign Language University)

American Sign Language University at Lifeprint.com is a site for ASL students and teachers.

2. ASLPro

ASLPro.com was created to be a free resource for the classroom teacher.

We welcome the general public to view our site, but it should be noted that this site is not designed to be a standalone learning tool. A user's best course of action is to enroll in an ASL class with a qualified teacher who can guide them in such variations as regional differences and facial expressions that are not addressed in our video database.

3. Start ASL

The fun way to learn American Sign Language

4. Products and Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HOH)

1. Silent Call Communications

Provide a reliable and usable personal communications and life enhancing systems for people who are deaf, deaf/blind, hard of hearing and those who are out of hearing range.

Alerting systems for deaf and blind, including; Smoke Detectors for Deaf, Blind Alerting Devices, Deaf & Blind Electronics, and Carbon Monoxide Betector for Deaf.

2. Caption Call

Captioned Phone:

  • 7 inch touch screen, with adjustable text size.
  • Compatible with hearing aids.
  • The phone connects directly to the phone line you already have, enabling you to use the same number you already have. This also means that you do not need any separate number to dial to talk to anyone.
  • Any phone features you have with your phone company will apply to the CaptionCall phone, including call waiting, long distance, and voicemail.
  • System goes through your phone line as well as the internet, our captioning is very fast and easy to follow.

3. Sprint Relay Products

Sprint Mobile Voice-To-Text Relay App and Phones, to make and receive calls anywhere, anytime.

4. CapTel

Ideal for people with some degree of hearing loss, the Captioned Telephone (CapTel) works like any other telephone with one important addition - It displays every word the caller says throughout the conversation. CapTel phone users can listen to the caller, and can also read the written captions in the CapTel's bright display window.

5. Cochlear - ABI's & CI's

Hearing aids only amplify the sounds you can hear. Hybrid Hearing gives you access to the sounds you're missing.

6. Harris Communications

Harris is the nationwide retailer of assistive products for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people. Find vibrating alarm clocks, visual signalers, amplified telephones, sign language books & DVDs and more.

7. Gold Violin - Independent Living

We select each of our lifestyle products and disability aids with attention to quality and ease of use. From a wide selection of vision aids to arthritis and back pain relief, Gold Violin has a wide variety of lifestyle products that promote independence, increase self confidence and make life more enjoyable!

8. UbiDuo - sCommUbiDuo

With the UbiDuo, communication is quick: the deaf, hard of hearing or hearing person can start a conversation right away instead of writing on paper & pen, or waiting for an interpreter to arrive.

10. CTIA - Phone Choices

CTIA - The Wireless Association and the wireless industry created AccessWireless.org to be your "first stop" to learn about the ever-changing world of cell phones and wireless services, and discover those that meet your specific needs.

11. ADCO Hearing Products

Specializing in Products for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People.

12. Consumer Cellular

Mobile Captions Service (SM) enables individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to "see" what has been said on a wireless phone display as the conversation takes place. Utilizing advanced technology included with the Nokia E5 mobile phone, Consumer Cellular is proud to offer this innovative and free captioning service to our customers. The service is similar to closed captioning on television or VCO services on a landline phone, and provides an all-in-one solution for those who would like to extend their mobility with a wireless device.

13. Sound Bytess

SoundBytes is a catalog, web and retail-based company that offers a wide range of hearing assistive devices to benefit anyone with a hearing loss. They carry a comprehensive selection of popular, well- designed items to assist users in conversation, on the telephone, watching television, and other daily activities.

14. Sprint Free Online Relay

Sprint IP Relay Service is a free service offered to Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Speech disabled individuals that allow them to place relay calls over the Internet between locations in the United States (including the territories).

15. Hamilton Relay

Hamilton Relay makes it possible for deaf, hard-of-hearing or speech disabled individuals to make and receive telephone calls.

16. 20/20 Captioning

Nationally Recognized Leader in CART, live webcasts, broadcast captioning and court reporting services.

17. Captionfish

Captionfish has up to date listings for Movies with Captions in your local Theaters, in addition to having Movie Trailers with Captions.

18. National Captioning Institute (NCI)

Over the past three decades, NCI has remained a leading provider of closed captioning and other media access services. With a highly skilled captioning staff and state-of-the-art facilities, NCI provides the highest quality captioning services for broadcast and cable television, Webcasting, home video and DVD, and government and corporate video programming. NCI also provides subtitling and language translation services in virtually any language.

5. Important Sources of Information

1. Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA)

The Association of Late-Deafened Adults is about communication and acceptance of every deafened individual. Some people lip-read, some sign, some use hearing aids, some have cochlear implants, and some need to have others write down what they are saying - and at ALDA all the above is okay! ALDAs official communication philosophy is "Whatever works!"

2. Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC)

The Center for Hearing and Communication is a leading hearing center offering state-of-the-art hearing testing, hearing aid fitting, speech therapy and full range of services for people of all ages with hearing loss.

3. Deaf 411 Inc

Powerful press release distribution, marketing, promotional and business consulting services.

6. Deaf Advocates

1. Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is the nation's leading organization representing people with hearing loss.

HLAA provides assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families to learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss. HLAA is working to eradicate the stigma associated with hearing loss and raise public awareness about the need for prevention, treatment and regular hearing screenings throughout life.

2. Health & Disability Advocates (HDA)

Health & Disability Advocates (HDA) is a national organization, based in Chicago, Illinois, that uses multiple strategies to promote income security and improve healthcare access and services for children, people with disabilities and low-income, older adults.

3. The National Association of the Deaf (NAD)

The NAD is the nation's premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.

4. The National Association of the Deaf (NAD)

The NAD is the nation's premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.

5. NIDCD - National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) is one of the Institutes that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH is the Federal government's focal point for the support of biomedical research.

6. Ccac Captioning The Collaborative for Communication Access Via Captioning

New inclusion of captioning, subtitles, and CART is needed is so many places: real everyday life and online. Captioning advocacy is the only mission of the CCAC.

7. American Tinnitus Association

The American Tinnitus Association exists to cure tinnitus through the development of resources that advance tinnitus research.