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Organizations Related to Deafness

National Association of the Deaf

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), established in 1880, is the oldest and largest constituency organization safeguarding the accessibility and civil rights of 28 million deaf and hard of hearing Americans in education, employment, health care, and telecommunications.

World Federation of the Deaf

WFD is the international non-governmental organisation representing Deaf people worldwide. A non-profit organisation, WFD works for human rights and equal opportunity for Deaf people everywhere. WFD promotes the right of Deaf people to use sign language to access education, information and all other spheres of life. In this way will Deaf people achieve equality and human rights.

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf

The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is an international membership organization and resource center on hearing loss and spoken language approaches and related issues.

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

It is the mission of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc., to provide international, national, regional, state, and local forums and an organizational structure for the continued growth and development of the professions of interpretation and transliteration of American Sign Language and English.

Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center

The Clerc Center has been mandated by Congress to develop, evaluate, and disseminate innovative curricula, instructional techniques and strategies, and materials. The aim of the Clerc Center is to improve the quality of education for deaf and hard of hearing children and youth from birth through age 21.

Council on Education of the Deaf

Since its inception in 1930, CED has been recognized for maintaining high standards for persons working with deaf and hard of hearing students in the education process. CED is involved in establishing standards and providing teacher certification and evaluating university professional preparation programs based on clearly defined standards and criteria.

American Society for Deaf Children

ASDC is a national organization of families and professionals committed to education, empowering, and supporting parents and families to create opportunities for their children who are deaf and hard of hearing in gaining meaningful and full communication access, particularly through the competent use of sign language, in their homes, schools, and communities.

American Sign Language Teachers Association

The American Sign Language Teachers Association - ASLTA - is the only national organization dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching of ASL and Deaf Studies at all levels of instruction. ASLTA is an individual membership organization of more than 1,000 ASL and Deaf Studies educators from elementary through graduate education as well as agencies.

National Theatre of the Deaf

Through its thirty-four year history, The National Theatre of the Deaf stands as testimony to the artistry and capability of its Actors. There have been 64 national tours, performances in all 50 states, all the continents, 31 international tours and over 8,000 performances earning NTD its place in theatrical history as the oldest continually-producing touring theatre company in the United States.

American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association (ADARA): Professionals Networking for Excellence in Service Delivery to Individuals Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Our mission is to facilitate excellence in human service delivery with individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. This mission is accomplished by enhancing the professional competencies of the membership, expanding opportunities for networking among ADARA colleagues and supporting positive public policies for individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. In achieving the mission, ADARA members are committed to: full access for members to all aspects of the organization's business, including Board matters, conference planning, presentations and journal publications, recognizing and affirming the ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity of the membership, and fostering an inclusive language community through the use of American Sign Language, signed communication, and other communication strategies used by all members at ADARA events in order to strive for barrier-free communication.

International Center on Deafness and the Arts

This is a website for programs in the area of the arts that are offered to deaf and hard of hearing children in the local Chicago area. Our most famous graduate is Marlee Matlin!

Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Losses

Issues about general health care topics, mental health, and chemical dependency

Diversity within Deaf Culture

Resources about Deaf special interest groups - Deaf individuals come in all shapes, sizes and color. Men, women, women with breast implants, gay, lesbian, black, Asian, Latino, Hispanic, Native American, hard of hearing, & CODAs. The best part about the diversity within the deaf population is that there are resources for to fit the needs of everyone. Even if a woman is looking to have breast reconstruction, there are resources available to help her find a plastic surgeon that has experience with Deaf patients.

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