Deafness & Hearing Impairment
Teacher and Parent Resources
Accessibility Guide for Microsoft Products – This Microsoft site provides instructions and assistance in adapting the company’s software products for use by persons with hearing impairments. The site covers operating systems, browsers, and Microsoft office products.
ASL Browser – This site offers short quicktime movies showing ASL gestures conveying concepts and phrases. All are available alphabelically, and the clips are brief enough that they load efficiently, even with a slow connection. This is a very useful resource for those who may not have access to other sign tutoring resources.
ASL Finger Spelling Page – This site is designed to help teach finger spelling techniques. In addition to information on the finger spelling alphabet, the site has a neat feature which will finger spell any word you submit. Great "how it’s done" illustrations.
Captioned Media Program – Information on captioning of video, film, and other audiovisual media. The site includes a library of titles, listings of new titles, and registration information for persons with individualized needs. Could also be useful for teachers who need to adapt curriculum content to meet the needs of a hearing-impaired student.
Deafness/Hard of Hearing – This site is a launch pad for almost any question you can ask about deafness. The links are of the general information variety rather than teacher-oriented, but if you know very little about deafness, this is a fine place to start. Includes feature articles, a chat room and bulletin board, plus recommended books (including children’s) and videos (that feature deaf characters, not videos about deafness). One must-visit link: signing dictionaries.
National Association of the Deaf – The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the largest organization representing people with disabilities in the United States. Not a great deal of information for teachers, but they have feature articles from their monthly magazine and you can call or e-mail them for information. They sponsor some great youth programs as well, including a summer camp. Click on "About NAD," then scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Youth Programs."
Auditory-Verbal International, Inc. – AVI is a nonprofit international membership organization that promotes listening and speaking as a way of life for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The auditory-verbal approach helps these children learn in regular classrooms and living environments and to become independent, participating citizens in mainstream society. They offer a newsletter, information on conferences and events, and a chat room. This site is more for parents interested in this approach for their child.
DB-LINK: The National Information Clearinghouse on Children who are Deaf-Blind – DB-LINK is a federally-funded information service that offers information on people under age 21 who are deaf-blind. They have many brochures concerning how to interact and communicate with these children, which are available to read online. The site also features two databases: one with bibliographical information on deaf-blindness and one with federal, state and local resources. Both educators and parents will find this information helpful.
Deaf World Web – Parents and teachers may also want to check this out, but it’s a must-see for deaf students of any age. Offers "Deaf-World News" and a deaf quotation of the day, and has a listserv to join. There is plenty of information to keep teens busy, and a special "Deaf Kids" section for grade-schoolers. This section has artwork from deaf students, stories, a chat room, pen-pals, and more. A very impressive site!
National Technical Institute for the Deaf – NTID is the world’s first and largest technological college for deaf students, marking the first effort to educate large numbers of deaf students within a college campus originally designed for hearing students. Besides the typical college curriculum, NTID also has programs that prepare students to work in fields related to deaf people. NTID is located in Rochester, NY.
Gallaudet University – Located in Washington, DC, this is the world’s only university for deaf undergraduate students. Graduate degree programs and continuing education programs are also available. Hearing students are also welcome, and financial aid and scholarships are available.
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