Organizations And Associations
NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL
ORGANIZATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS
ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL ASSOCIATION
FOR THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING (AG BELL)
AG Bell gathers and disseminates information on hearing loss, promotes better public understanding of hearing loss in children and adults, provides scholarships, parent-infant and other financial awards, promotes early detection of hearing loss in infants, publishes books on deafness, and advocates for the rights of children and adults who are hard of hearing or deaf.
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF AUDIOLOGY (AAA)
A professional organization of individuals dedicated to providing high quality hearing care to the public. Provides professional development, edication, and research and promotes increased public awareness of hearing disorders and audiologic services.
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OTOLARYNGOLOGY –
HEAD & NECK SURGERY
Promotes the art and science of medicine related to otolaryngology – head and neck surgery, including providing continuing medical education courses and publications. Distributes patient leaflets relating to ear, nose and throat problems and offers geographic lists of otolaryngologists – head and neck surgeons for referral use.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES (AAPD)
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is the largest national nonprofit cross-disability member organization in the United States, dedicated to ensuring economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment for the more than 51 million Americans with disabilities. AAPD works in coalition with other disability organizations for the full implementation and enforcement of disability nondiscrimination laws, particularly the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, in addition to other statutes with disability mandates.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF-BLIND (AADB)
AADB promotes better opportunities and services for deafblind people. Its mission is to assure that a comprehensive, coordinated system of services is accessible to all deafblind people, enabling them to achieve maximum potential through independence, productivity, and integration into the community.
AMERICAN DEAFNESS AND REHABILITATION ASSOCIATION (ADARA)
ADARA promotes and participates in quality human service delivery to deaf and hard of hearing through agencies and individuals. ADARA is a partnership of national organizations, local affiliates, professional sections, and individual members supporting social services and rehabilitation delivery for deaf and hard of hearing people.
AMERICAN HEARING RESEARCH FOUNDATION (AHRF)
AHRF supports medical research and education into the causes, prevention, and cures of deafness, hearing losses, and balance disorders. Also keeps physicians and the public informed of the latest developments in hearing research and education.
AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR DEAF CHILDREN (ASDC)
ASDC is a nonprofit parent-helping-parent organization promoting a positive attitude toward signing and deaf culture. Also provides support, encouragement, and current information about deafness to families with deaf and hard of hearing children.
AMERICAN SPEECH-LANGUAGE-HEARING ASSOCIATION (ASHA)
ASHA is a professional and scientific organization for speech-language pathologists and audiologists concerned with communication disorders. Provides informational materials and a toll-free HELPLINE number for consumers to inquire about speech, language, or hearing problems. Also provides referrals to audiologists and speech-language pathologists in the United States.
AMERICAN TINNITUS ASSOCIATION (ATA)
ATA provides information about tinnitus and referrals to local hearing professionals and support groups nationwide. Also provides a bibliography service, funds scientific research related to tinnitus, and offers regional workshops. Works to promote public education about tinnitus and hearing loss.
ASSOCIATION OF LATE DEAFENED ADULTS (ALDA)
ALDA supports the empowerment of people who are deafened. Provides resources and information and promotes advocacy and awareness of the needs of deafened adults.
BETTER HEARING INSTITUTE (BHI)
BHI is a nonprofit educational organization that implements national public information programs on hearing loss and available medical, surgical, hearing aid, and rehabilitation assistance for millions with uncorrected hearing problems. Promotes awareness of hearing loss through television, radio, and print media public service messages.
BOYS’ TOWN NATIONAL RESEARCH HOSPITAL
Boys’ Town Hospital is an internationally recognized center for state-of-the-art research, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals with ear diseases, hearing and balance disorders, cleft lip and palate, and speech/language problems.
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY NORTHRIDGE (CSUN)
NATIONAL CENTER ON DEAFNESS
The National Center on Deafness (NCOD) has served over 2,500 students who are deaf and hard of hearing over the past 44 years. NCOD provides communication access, leadership opportunities, scholarships, academic advisement, tutoring, and direct communication classes for approximately 200 students who are deaf and hard of hearing each year.
The Caption Center is a nonprofit service of the WGBH Educational Foundation and the world’s first captioning agency. Offices in Boston, Los Angeles and New York produce captions for every segment of the television, film and video industries and offer an array of services including off-line captions, real-time captions, dual-field, duallanguage captions, subtitles and open captions.
AND INTERNET ASSOCIATION (CTIA)
www.ctia.org / www.accesswireless.org
AccessWireless.Org is your portal to the wireless world for individuals with disabilities including persons who are deaf, blind, hearing impaired or have mobility or cognitive disabilities. Over the past 25 years, wireless devices and services became key to business and personal communications and our safety and security. Today, CTIA-The Wireless Association® member companies serve more than 270 million wireless consumers, offer more than 600 unique wireless devices, carry trillions of text messages on their networks and provide a wide variety of services and plans to meet your needs. The wireless industry welcomes the opportunity to meet the unique needs of the individuals with a disability.
CHILDREN OF DEAF ADULTS INTERNATIONAL (CODA)
CODA is a non-profit organization for the adult hearing sons and daughters of deaf parents. The organization began in 1983 and has grown to include people from many different countries and very different family and extended family situations.
CONFERENCE OF EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATORS
SERVING THE DEAF (CEASD)
CEASD provides an opportunity for professional educators to work together for the improvement of schools and educational programs for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. This organization brings together a rich composite of resources and reaches out to both enhance educational programs and influence educational policy makers.
CONSUMER ELECTRONICS ASSOCIATION (CEA)
CEA unites 2,000 companies within the consumer technology industry. Members tap into valuable and innovative members-only resources: unparalleled market research, networking opportunities with business advocates and leaders, up-to-date educational programs and technical training, exposure in extensive promotional programs, and representation from the voice of the industry, CEA, promoting and advancing member needs and interests.
CONVENTION OF AMERICAN INSTRUCTORS OF THE DEAF (CAID)
CAID is an organization that promotes professional development, communication and information among educators of deaf and other interested people.
CSD (also known as Communication Service for the Deaf, Inc.) was established in 1975, primarily to provide sign language interpreting services to deaf and hard of hearing citizens in South Dakota. Today, CSD employs over 2,000 individuals nationwide to provide social or human services, as well as telecommunications relay services. CSD is a private, nonprofit agency dedicated to providing quality service, ensuring public accessibility, and increasing public awareness of issues affecting deaf, hard of hearing and speech impaired individuals.
DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING ALLIANCE (DHHA)
The purpose of the DHHA is to focus on federal public policy that can improve the quality of life for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and all people with hearing loss. The DHHA’s major objective is to provide a forum whereby relevant information can be shared, plans made and actions taken for collaborative and mutually supportive efforts. The DHHA implements actions approved by its membership.
DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING IN GOVERNMENT (DHHIG)
DHHIG is a non-profit resource organization and employee support group for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing government employees.
DEAF SENIORS OF AMERICA (DSA)
DSA’s mission is to improve the quality of life for senior citizens who are deaf by: Providing seminars dealing with issues impacting their well-being and safety; Conducting awareness projects or activities among decision makers, providers of services and the general public regarding their unique needs, and; Acquainting those senior citizens with national, state, and local resources that will contribute to their positive image and fuller participation in the mainstream society.
DEAF WOMEN UNITED (DWU)
DWU is an organization that is of, for and by Deaf women. DWU focuses on advocacy, education and outreach. Deaf communities are scattered throughout the country, which makes networking critically important for exchanging of information, empowerment and enhancement in the quality of lives for all Deaf people. Today, there is not enough equal access. With improved telecommunications, computer technology advancement and electronic mail, DWU will further its goals and offer its members access in our desire to fulfill our needs.
DEAFNESS RESEARCH FOUNDATION (DRF)
DRF is the nation’s largest voluntary health organization, providing grants for fellowships, symposia and research into causes, treatment and prevention of all ear disorders. The DRF also provides information and referral services.
EPISCOPAL CONFERENCE OF THE DEAF (ECD)
ECD promotes ministry for deaf people throughout the Episcopal Church. Affiliated with approximately 65 congregations in the US.
GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY (GU)
Gallaudet offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and numerous continuing education and summer courses. Gallaudet also serves the national and international deaf communities by providing them with information and conducting research on deafness.
GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION (GUAA)
GUAA represents more than 13,000 alumni of Gallaudet University across the United States and around the world. The GUAA, which is governed by a nationallyelected board of directors, provides a variety of services that support and benefit the University, the alumni, and the general deaf community.
HEARING EDUCATION & AWARENESS FOR ROCKERS (HEAR)
HEAR educates the public about the real dangers of hearing loss resulting from repeated exposure to excessive noise livels. Offers information about hearing protection, hearing aids, assistive listening devices, ear monitor systems, testing, and other information about hearing loss and tinnitus. Operates public hearing awareness campaigns, programs for schools and seminars, and distributes earplugs to club and concertgoers.
HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (HLAA)
The goal of the Hearing Loss Association of America is to reduce the impact of hearing loss on a person’s daily life. HLAA provides information and support through an award winning magazine, a continuously updated website, one to one, and through a network of 250 community based chapters and affiliates. HLAA also serves as the nation’s voice for people with hearing loss. We work to improve community access, reimbursement for life changing hearing technology, and improved telecommunications regulations and emergency alerting for people with hearing loss.
HEATH RESOURCE CENTER
AT GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
HEATH disseminates information nationally about disability issues in postsecondary education. It offers publications and a telephone service for administrators, service providers, teachers, instructors, rehabilitation counselors, health professionals, as well as individuals with disabilities and their families.
HELEN KELLER NATIONAL CENTER
FOR DEAF-BLIND YOUTHS & ADULTS (HKNC)
HKNC and its ten regional offices provide diagnostic evaluations, comprehensive vocational and personal adjustment training, and job preparation and placement for people who are deaf-blind from every state and territory. Field services include information and referral, advocacy and technical assistance to professionals, consumers and families.
HOUSE EAR INSTITUTE (HEI)
Through research and education, the House Ear Institute aims to improve the quality of life of those with an ear disease or hearing and balance disorders. Scientists are exploring the causes of auditory disorders on the cellular and molecular level as well as refining the application of auditory implants and hearing aids. CARE Center offers a full-range of pediatric hearing tests, otologic and audiologic evaluation and treatment, rehabilitation, hearing aid dispensing and coclear implant services. Outreach programs focus on families with hearing impaired children.
INTERNATIONAL CATHOLIC DEAF ASSOCIATION (ICDA)
ICDA promotes ministry for Catholic deaf people. Chapters are encouraged to arrange Sunday masses for deaf people in their local areas with the liturgy presented in sign language. Responds to spiritual-related requests worldwide.
INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF HARD OF HEARING PEOPLE (IFHOH) www.ifhoh.org The International Federation of Hard of Hearing People, IFHOH, is an international, non-governmental organization, representing the interests of more than 300 million hard of hearing people world wide. IFHOH is registered as a charitable organization at Vereinsregister Amtsgericht Hamburg, Germany (Nr. 69 VR 10 527) and is also an International Non-Governmental Organization having special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It also works closely with the World Health Organization, having agreed a two-year joint work programme for developing countries with the Prevention of Blindness and Deafness section of that Organization.
INTERNATIONAL LUTHERAN DEAF ASSOCIATION (ILDA)
ILDA promotes ministry for deaf people throughout the Lutheran Church.
INTERTRIBAL DEAF COUNCIL (IDC)
IDC promotes the interests of Deaf and Hard of Hearing members to advance issues related to the social, educational, economic and environmental well-being by fostering and enhancing their cultural, historical and linguistic tribal traditions.
JEWISH DEAF CONGRESS (JDC)
JCD advocates for religious, educational, and cultural ideals and fellowship for Jewish deaf people. Conducts workshops for rabbis, parents of deaf children and interpreters. Works with 20 affiliates and maintains a hall of fame.
JOHN TRACY CLINIC (JTC)
JTC is an educational facility for preschool-age children who have hearing loss and their families. In addition to on-site services, worldwide correspondence courses in English and Spanish are offered to parents whose children are of preschool age that are hard of hearing, deaf or deaf-blind. All services of JTC are free of charge to the families.
JUNIOR NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF (JR NAD)
The Junior NAD develops and promotes citizenship, scholarship and leadership skills in deaf and hard of hearing students (grades 7-12) through chapter projects, national conventions, contests and other activities. Also sponsors a month-long Youth Leadership Camp program each summer at Camp Taloali in Oregon.
MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (MPAA)
The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA), together with the Motion Picture Association (MPA) and MPAA’s other subsidiaries and affiliates, serves as the voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television industries in the United States and around the world. MPAA’s members are the six major U.S. motion picture studios: The Walt Disney Studios; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; Universal City Studios LLLP; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. MPAA is a proud champion of intellectual property rights, free and fair trade, innovative consumer choices, freedom of expression and the enduring power of movies to enrich and enhance people’s lives.
NATIONAL ASIAN DEAF CONGRESS (NADC)
NADC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to define and address the cultural, political and social issues experienced by Asians who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. NADC is strengthened by the diversity of its members and organizations that represent various geographic regions, languages, religions, cultures and generations. NADC will also strive to provide education, empowerment, and leadership for its respective members and organizations.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS (NAB)
NAB is the voice for the nation’s radio and television broadcasters. As the premier trade association for broadcasters, NAB advances the interests of our members in federal government, industry and public affairs; improves the quality and profitability of broadcasting; encourages content and technology innovation; and spotlights the important and unique ways stations serve their communities.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE RELAY ADMINISTRATORS (NASRA)
The purposes of NASRA are to educate its members about regulatory standards and to advocate for regulatory changes that promote and improved quality and efficiency of TRS; to share information and develop ideal standards about TRS administration, to share cost-effective ideas and techniques to restrain or reduce the cost of TRS, and to promote ideas about community outreach; to provide representation to other professional, technical and consumer organizations desiring input; to actively examine and advance discussion about issues pertaining to TRS and, as determined by NASRA members, prepare items for membership review and submit advisory opinions about those issues and to perform other functions as may be deemed appropriate by NASRA members. The corporation is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, religious, or scientific purposes within the meaning of section 501 c (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. NASRA is incorporated under the laws of the state of Minnesota.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THEATER OWNERS (NATO)
The National Association of Theatre Owners is a trade organization based in the United States whose members are the owners of movie theaters. Most major theater chains are members, as are many independent theatre operators. Collectively, they account for the operation of over 26,000 motion picture screens in all 50 U.S. states and numerous other countries.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF (NAD)
NAD is the nation’s largest organization safeguarding the accessibility and civil rights of 28 million deaf and hard of hearing Americans in education, employment, health care and telecommunications. Focuses on grassroots advocacy and empowerment, captioned media, deafness-related information and publications, legal assistance, policy development and research, public awareness and youth leadership development.
NATIONAL BLACK DEAF ADVOCATES (NBDA)
NBDA promotes leadership, deaf awareness and active participation in the political, educational and economic processes that affect the lives of black deaf citizens. Currently has 26 chapters in the United States and the Virgin Islands.
NATIONAL CABLE AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATION (NCTA)
NCTA is the principal trade association of the cable industry in the United States. Founded in 1952, NCTA’s primary mission is to provide its members with a strong national presence by providing a single, unified voice on issues affecting the cable and telecommunications industry. NCTA represents cable operators serving more than 90 percent of the nation’s cable television households and more than 200 cable program networks, as well as equipment suppliers and providers of other services to the cable industry. The cable industry is the nation’s largest broadband provider of high-speed Internet access after investing more than $100 billion over ten years to build a two-way, interactive network with fiber optic technology. Cable companies also provide state-of-the-art digital telephone service to millions of American consumers. NCTA also hosts the industry’s annual trade show, which serves as a national showcase for the cable industry’s innovative services, including quality television programming, interactive television services, high-speed Internet access, and competitive local telephone service.
NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE (NCI)
NCI provides captioning services for television networks, program producers, cablecasters, producers of home entertainment DVD’s, advertisers and other organizations in federal and private sector.
NATIONAL CATHOLIC OFFICE FOR THE DEAF (NCOD)
NCOD assists in coordinating efforts of people and organizations involved in the church’s ministry with deaf and hard of hearing people; serves as a resource center for information concerning spiritual needs and religious educational materials; and assists bishops and pastors with their pastoral responsibilities to people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
NATIONAL CENTER FOR ACCESSIBLE MEDIA (NCAM)
The CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media aims to increase access to public mass media (television, radio, print, nomies, multimedia) for underserved consumers such as people with disabilities or speakers of other languages. NCAM reserches and develops media access technologies that make them more inclusive or expand their use, and acts as a resource to broadcasters, producers, educators and consumers through consulting, training, journal articles and conferences.
NATIONAL COUNCIL ON INDEPENDENT LIVING (NCIL)
NCIL is a national organization that advances the independent living philosophy and advocates for human rights of, and service for people with disabilities.
NATIONAL CUED SPEECH ASSOCIATION
National Cued Speech Association promotes and supports the effective use of Cued Speech for communication, language acquisition and literacy. Cued Speech is a sound-based visual communication system, which in English, uses eight handshapes in four different locations (”cues”) in combination with the natural mouth movements of speech, to make all the sounds of spoken language look different.
NATIONAL EXCHANGE CARRIER ASSOCIATION (NECA)
NECA, a membership association of U.S. local telephone companies, is dedicated to keeping customers connected on state-of-the-art communications networks. Our services help more than 1,000 members across rural America deliver voice, video and data on high-speed multi-use broadband systems. Since 1993, the FCC has contracted with NECA to oversee and administer the TRS Fund
NATIONAL ORGANIZATION ON DISABILITY (NOD)
NOD’s mission is to expand the participation and contribution of America’s 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life. By raising disability awareness through programs and information, together we can work toward closing the participation gaps.
NATIONAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF (NTID)
AT ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (RIT)
NTID provides technological postsecondary education to deaf and hard of hearing students. Disseminates informational materials and instructional videotapes on issues related to deaf people and deaf culture.
NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION (NTCA)
The National Telecommunications Cooperative Association, an association of small, rural, community-based communications providers, is dedicated to improving the quality of life in rural communities through the advocacy of broadband and other advanced communications infrastructure and services.
NATIONAL THEATRE OF THE DEAF (NTD)
NTD concentrates on artistic and theatrical professional development of deaf actors. Tours the United States and abroad. Also presents Little Theatre of the Deaf productions in schools, theaters, museums and libraries. Sponsors a professional school and Deaf Theatre Conference for deaf individuals.
REAL-TIME TEXT TASK FORCE (R3TF)
The Real Time-Text Taskforce (R3TF) is a center for advocacy and knowledge exchange in the field of Real-Time Text (RTT). This is done as an open forum using Task-Groups where engineers, experts, motivated individuals, companies and organizations can contribute to the promotion, design and implementation of interoperable real-time text solutions and encourage the adoption of RTT in mainstream products and services.
REGISTRY OF INTERPRETERS FOR THE DEAF (RID)
RID is a professional organization that certifies interpreters, provides information on interpreting to the general public, publishes a national directory of certified interpreters and makes referrals to interpreter agencies.
TELECOMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT DISTRIBUTION PROGRAMS ASSOCIATION (TEDPA)
The mission of TEDPA is to convene for the purpose of information exchange and to assist one another with the administration of specialized telecommunication equipment distribution programs for persons with disabilities; to educate its members about state and federal regulatory issues and to advocate for changes when they seem to be in the interest of improved quality and efficiency of specialized telecommunications equipment and related programs; to share information about program administration, to share cost-effective ideas and techniques, and to promote ideas about community outreach; to provide representation to other professional, technical and consumer organizations desiring input and to actively examine and advance discussion about issues pertaining to specialized telecommunications equipment when appropriate as determined by TEDPA members, prepare items for membership review and submit advisory opinions about those issues.
TELECOMMUNICATION INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION (TIA)
TIA is the leading trade association representing the global information and communications technology (ICT) industries through standards development, government affairs, business opportunities, market intelligence, certification and world-wide environmental regulatory compliance. With support from its 600 members, TIA enhances the business environment for companies involved in telecommunications, broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite, unified communications, emergency communications and the greening of technology. TIA is accredited by ANSI.
TELECOMMUNICATIONS FOR THE
DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING, INC. (TDI)
Shaping An Accessible World! TDI is a consumer advocacy organization that provides leadership in achieving equal access to telecommunications, media, and information technologies for 37 million Americans who are deaf and hard of hearing. TDI publishes the TDI World quarterly magazine and the annual TDI National Directory & Resource Guide, also known as the Blue Book.
THREE ANGELS DEAF MINISTRIES (3ADM)
3ADM is a nonprofit religious organization by and for deaf people which encourages and supports religious outreach to deaf people, promotes their role in the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) church and its decisions, educates church officials and the public concerning the needs of deaf people, serves as a ministry resource, and provides easy reading materials and educational videos in sign language.
USA DEAF SPORTS FEDERATION (USADSF)
USADSF is the governing body for all deaf sports and recreation in the United States. Supports US team in Deaf World Games and other regional, national, and international competitions.
VIDEO RELAY SERVICES CONSUMER ASSOCIATION (VRSCA)
The Video Relay Services Consumer Association (VRSCA) is an informational forum for deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing persons who use Video Relay Services (VRS. The VRSCA provides an objective environment for individuals to be educated and informed about issues that relate to VRS.
VESTIBULAR DISORDERS ASSOCIATION (VDA)
The Vestibular Disorders Association provides information and support for people with inner-ear vestibular disorders and develops awareness of the issues surrounding these disorders.
WORLD WIDE WEB CONSORTIUM (W3C)
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential as a forum for information, commerce, communication, and collective understanding.
WORLD FEDERATION OF THE DEAF (WFD)
WFD is an international, non-governmental, central organization of national associations of the deaf. Founded in 1951 in Rome, Italy, the WFD has several objectives, with cooperation among national organizations of the deaf as its primary goal. The Federation emphasizes human rights, equal opportunities, removing barriers to communication; strengthening educational programs, and improving access to information and services worldwide.