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Deaf/Hard of Hearing

American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association (ADARA)

PO Box 480
Myersville, MD 21773


The purpose of this Association shall be: (1) To promote the development and expansion of professional rehabilitation services to adult deaf individuals; (2) To provide a form and a common meeting ground so that the Association may be instrumental in bringing about a better understanding of deaf individuals as a whole by encouraging students, professional persons, and laymen to develop more than a superficial understanding of the needs and problems of this group - especially the problems related to communication techniques needed to work effectively with adult deaf individuals in a rehabilitation setting; (3) To promote and encourage scientific research of the needs and problems engendered by deafness which inhibit in more important ways the successful overall functioning of a deaf individual; (4) To promote and develop recruitment and training of professionals working with deaf individuals; (5) To sponsor a professional publication for the promotion of inter- and intra-disciplinary communication among professional persons primarily concerned with deaf adults and other s interested in such activities; and (6) To cooperate with other organizations concerned with deafness and rehabilitation of deaf individuals and with allied services in promoting and encouraging legislation pertinent to the development of professional services and facilities to adult deaf individuals.


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

2200 Research Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20850-3289

voice: (800) 638-8255
fax: 301-296-8580
TTY: 301-296-5650
National Office: 301-296-5700

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 150,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists in the United States and internationally. Support personnel in audiology and speech-language pathology also affiliate with ASHA.


Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA, Inc)

8038 Macintosh Lane, Suite 2
Rockford, IL 61107-5336

voice: 815-332-1515
TTY: 815-332-1515
Toll Free: 866-402-2532

ALDA’s Vision: To establish a universal presence for ALDA that connects people who embrace all forms of communication: visual, oral, and aural, and supports people who face the unique challenges of living as a late-deafened adult.


Center for Hearing and Communication

50 Broadway 6th Floor
New York, NY 10004

voice: 917-305-7700
fax: 917-305-7888
TTY: 917-305-7999

The Center for Hearing and Communication provides hearing health services to people of all ages who have a hearing loss. With offices in New York City and Florida, CHC meets all of your hearing and communication needs through professional services that offer the highest level of clinical expertise and technical know-how available in the hearing healthcare field. Visit us for a wide array of services including free hearing screenings; complete hearing evaluations; pediatric services; hearing aid fittings, sales and repair; speech therapy; tinnitus retraining therapy; emotional health and wellness; and the evaluation and treatment of auditory processing disorder. Established in 1910, the Center for Hearing and Communication is a not-for-profit organization that serves as an educational resource for consumers and healthcare professionals seeking information about hearing loss and hearing protection.


Hearing Loss Association of America

7910 Woodmont Ave
Suite 1200
Bethesda, MD 20814

voice: (301)657-2248
fax: (301)913-9413
TTY: (301) 657-2249

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is the nation’s leading organization representing people with hearing loss. According to the National Center for Health Statistics 36 million (17 percent) Americans have some degree of hearing loss making it a public health issue third in line after heart disease and arthritis. 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.


Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center

800 Florida Ave, NE
Washington, DC 20002-3695

voice: (202)651-5051
fax: (202) 651-5857
TTY: (202) 651-5855

The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University provides information, training, and technical assistance for parents and professionals to meet the needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Our mission is to improve the quality of education afforded to deaf and hard of hearing students from birth to age 21 throughout the United States. Info to Go, from the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center's office of Publications and Information Dissemination (formerly the National Deaf Education Network and Clearinghouse), is a centralized source of accurate and objective information on topics dealing with deafness and hearing loss in children and young people under 21 years of age. Info to Go responds to a wide range of questions from the general public, deaf and hard of hearing people, their families, and professionals who work with them. Info to Go collects, develops, and disseminates information on deafness, hearing loss, and services and programs related to children with hearing loss from birth to age 21.


National Association of the Deaf

8630 Fenton Street, Suite 820
Silver Spring, MD 20910

voice: 301.587.1788
fax: 301.587.1791
TTY: 301.587.1789

The National Association of the Deaf (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. Established in 1880, the NAD was shaped by deaf leaders who believed in the right of the American deaf community to use sign language, to congregate on issues important to them, and to have its interests represented at the national level. These beliefs remain true to this day, with American Sign Language as a core value. The advocacy scope of the NAD is broad, covering a lifetime and impacting future generations in the areas of early intervention, education, employment, health care, technology, telecommunications, youth leadership, and more – improving the lives of millions of deaf and hard of hearing Americans. The NAD also carries out its federal advocacy work through coalition efforts with specialized national deaf and hard of hearing organizations, as well as coalitions representing national cross-disability organizations.


National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

National Institute of Health
31 Center Drive, MSC 2320
Bethesda, MD 20892-2320

voice: (800)241-1044
fax: (301) 402-0018
TTY: (800)241-1055

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. NIH's mission is to uncover new knowledge that will lead to better health for everyone. Simply described, the goal of NIH research is to acquire new knowledge to help prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat disease and disability. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


National Technical Institute for the Deaf

52 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623

voice: 585-475-6400 (V/TTY)
TTY: 585-475-6400 (V/TTY)

The National Technical Institute for the Deaf is one of the nine colleges of Rochester Institute of Technology, a leading career-oriented, technological university recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America's "Best College Values," and by The Princeton Review as one of the top 20 colleges nationwide for "Best Career Services." More than 14,000 undergraduate students from around the world, including more than 1,300 who are deaf or hard of hearing, come to campus every year to take advantage of the benefits of an RIT/NTID education. The primary mission of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf is to provide deaf and hard-of-hearing students with outstanding state-of-the-art technical and professional education programs, complemented by a strong arts and sciences curriculum, that prepare them to live and work in the mainstream of a rapidly changing global community and enhance their lifelong learning. Secondarily, NTID prepares professionals to work in fields related to deafness; undertakes a program of applied research designed to enhance the social, economic and educational accommodation of deaf people; and shares its knowledge and expertise through outreach and other information dissemination programs.


Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc

333 Commerce Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

voice: (703) 838-0030
fax: (703) 838-0454 Fax
TTY: (703) 838-0459 TTY

RID is a national membership organization representing the professionals who facilitate communication between people who are deaf or hard of hearing and people who hear. Interpreters serve as professional communicators in a vast array of settings such as: churches, schools, courtrooms, hospitals and theaters, as well as on political grandstands and television. RID’s function is to support our membership by providing the foundation needed to launch and sustain careers while ensuring quality service to the Deaf community.


Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)

1700 N. Moore Street, Suite 1540
Arlington, VA 22209-1903

voice: 703/524-6686
fax: (703) 524-6630
TTY: 703/524-6639

RESNA, the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, is the premier professional organization dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of people with disabilities through increasing access to technology solutions. RESNA advances the field by offering certification, continuing education, and professional development; developing assistive technology standards; promoting research and public policy; and sponsoring forums for the exchange of information and ideas to meet the needs of our multidisciplinary constituency.


Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

26 Corporate Hill Drive
Little Rock, Arkansas  72205

voice: ((501) 686-9691 v/tty
fax: (501) 686-9698 fax
TTY: (501) 686-9691 v/tty

RT-31, established in 1981, conducts research and training designed to enhance the rehabilitation outcomes of persons who are deaf or hard of hearing. The Center is primarily funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), United States Department of Education.


Say What? Club, Inc.


SayWhatClub is an on-line group of circa 400 late-deafened, hard of hearing and Deaf adults and other interested people who provide support and encouragement to each other through e-mail. Our goal is to provide a friendly, good-humored place to exchange conversation, information, advice, deep thoughts, humor, tall tales, and chit-chat. Members get to know each other and develop an on-line "community feeling."


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