Deaf Community Links

Arts

Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss (AAMHL)
AAMHL creates opportunities for adult musicians with hearing loss to discuss the challenges they face in making and listening to music; creates opportunities for public performance either individually or in groups by adult musicians with hearing loss who might not otherwise have access to these opportunities; provides ongoing feedback to hearing health professionals, hearing researchers, manufacturers of hearing assistive technology, music educators and others to improve hearing device technology relative to music performance and enjoyment; and provides educational opportunities to enable hard-of-hearing and deaf adults to appreciate and make music in ways not previously available.
 

Consumer/Advocacy

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AGBell)
AGBell helps families, health care providers and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Through advocacy, education, research and financial aid, AGBell helps to ensure that every child and adult with hearing loss has the opportunity to listen, talk and thrive in mainstream society. AGBell has chapters located in the United States and a network of international affiliates.

American Association of Deaf-Blind (AADB)
AADB is a national consumer organization of, by and for deaf-blind Americans and their supporters. “Deaf-blind” includes all types and degrees of dual vision and hearing loss.

American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC)
ASDC is a network of parents of deaf and hard-of-hearing children helping other parents of deaf and hard-of-hearing children learn about appropriate communication and educational options for their children and how to advocate on behalf of their children.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
ASHA is the professional, scientific and credentialing association for 135,000 members and affiliates who are speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists in the United States and internationally.

Better Hearing Institute (BHI)
BHI educates the public about the neglected problem of hearing loss and what can be done about it.

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
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.

National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
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.
 

Education

Gallaudet University
Gallaudet is the only liberal arts university in the world specially designed to fully meet the communication needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The Gallaudet University campus also houses an elementary and a high school for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, as well as graduate schools and research centers with the latest in developments on deafness and hearing loss.
 

Research

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
NIDCD conducts and supports biomedical and behavioral research and research training in the processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language.

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Hearing Enhancement (RERC)
RERC, a national project funded by the United States Department of Education, conducts research programs that promote technological solutions to problems confronting people who are hard-of-hearing. RERC addresses accessibility problems of hard-of-hearing individuals by developing and evaluating cost-effective technological aids for the various groups of people with hearing loss according to their needs (e.g. people with moderate hearing losses, people with severe or profound hearing losses, young children, older adults and people with both vision and hearing loss).

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