There are many organizations dedicated to improving education for students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH), as well as improving the quality of life and care for all individuals who are DHH. The following list is not comprehensive, but it does highlight several of the many organizations with services and information.
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Hard of Hearing Advocacy and Information
The Better Hearing Institute works to empower individuals who are Hard of Hearing. The website includes “Hearingpedia,” the institute’s “one-stop resource for information, inspiration, and motivation for addressing hearing loss.”
The 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.
DeafBlind Advocacy and Information
DB Central is an outreach program for the DeafBlind community. DB Central is run by the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences of Central Michigan University.
Funding is available via MDE-LIO for eligible district programs for students who are DeafBlind. Scholarships are also available for eligible DeafBlind students who wish to attend events and programs.
Gallaudet University provides a community of learning for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and hearing students who seek a personalized education and strong career preparation in a bilingual (English and American Sign Language) environment. The liberal arts university maintains a tradition of research and scholarly activity and promotes the intellectual and professional advancement of its graduates.
NTID—one of the nine colleges of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)—is a career-oriented, technological university. RIT/NTID offers access and support services and features faculty who specialize in educating students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
Colleges and universities are required to provide services to students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. The National Association of the Deaf outlines the obligations of higher education institutions.
The National Deaf Center (formerly "pepnet 2") was created by the University of Texas at Austin. The center provides resources, information, and technical assistance for individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
Professional Development and Personnel Information
The State of Michigan Division of Deaf, Deafblind, and Hard of Hearing (DODDBHH) website provides information on Michigan Interpreter Laws, Interpreter Registration, Regional Qualified Interpreter List, and Interpreter CEU applications.
RID is a membership organization that includes professional interpreters and transliterators.
MIRID is the Michigan chapter of RID. MIRID provides workshops and information for interpreters working in Michigan.
Gallaudet University created a series of guides for families and educators who work with students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. This guide helps interpreters understand how they can best support students who are DHH. To receive the guide, fill out a quick survey and the guide will be emailed to you.
This guide from Gallaudet University helps interpreters who work specifically with students who use cochlear implants. To receive the guide, fill out a quick survey and the guide will be emailed to you.
Teachers and Teacher Consultants
The Michigan Department of Education has partnered with several out-of-state institutions of higher education that have teacher preparation programs to deliver an online endorsement program that will permit certified teachers to obtain an additional endorsement on their Michigan teaching certificate in Deaf/Hard of Hearing. The program is managed through the Aquinas College School of Education.
The Michigan School Professionals for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (MSPSDHH) developed a list of potential job responsibilities for teacher consultants.
Gallaudet University created a series of guides for families and educators who work with students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. This guide helps classroom teachers collaborate with and understand the role of interpreters in the classroom. To receive the guide, fill out a quick survey and the guide will be emailed to you.
Meeting the Needs of Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Educational Service Guidelines
This book describes essential program elements and features that must be considered when designing appropriate services for students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. The guidelines represent best practices from the field. The book can be purchased from the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) website.
Staff and Employees
This MDE-LIO tool guides supervisors and administrators as they evaluate educators in the fields of DHH, blind/visually impaired (BVI), and orientation and mobility (O&M).
MDE-LIO's school service directory provides a list of contacts who can answer questions about Deaf/Hard of Hearing services within each ISD.
Gallaudet University created a series of guides for families and educators who work with students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. This guide helps school administrators understand the need for and importance of educational interpreters. To receive the guide, fill out a quick survey and the guide will be emailed to you. You can also download a complete set of six Gallaudet University classroom interpreting guides.
Michigan Department of Education Accessibility for Persons Who Are Deaf/Hard of Hearing or Blind/Low Vision
We are currently updating this document. For immediate assistance, please contact MDE-LIO.
Parents and Students
Gallaudet University created a series of guides for families and educators who work with students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. This guide helps parents understand their child’s needs as well as the need for an interpreter in the classroom. To receive the guide, fill out a quick survey and the guide will be emailed to you.
This guide from Gallaudet University helps students who are DHH to understand their rights regarding educational interpreters. To receive the guide, fill out a quick survey and the guide will be emailed to you.
This brief report from NASDSE explores the concern of the shortage of Educational Interpreters for students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in an effort to help the education community make informed personnel decisions.
This brief report from NASDSE examines data around the personnel to support the education of children and youth with Deafblindness.
National Data Reports
This brief policy report from NASDSE analyzes information from directors of special education and IDEA Part C coordinators. Analysis indicates some significant variations between and within the school-age and Part C programs.
This document from NASDSE describes and compares state infrastructures and programs for serving children and youth who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. The document covers a wide range of topics and includes recommendations.
Language and Communication
This research synthesis reviews what is known about how children who are Deaf develop communication skills. The report also discusses how this information should guide practice and policy.