National Organizations

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    Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell)


    The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing helps families, health care providers and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Through advocacy, education, research and financial aid, AG Bell helps to ensure that every child and adult with hearing loss has the opportunity to listen, talk and thrive in mainstream society.

    Contact Information:
    Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
    3417 Volta Place, NW
    Washington, DC 20007
    (202) 337-5220 (Voice)
    (202) 337-5221 (TTY)

    American Academy of Audiology (AAA)

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    The American Academy of Audiology is the world's largest professional organization of, by, and for audiologists. The active membership of more than 12,000 is dedicated to providing quality hearing care services through professional development, education, research, and increased public awareness of hearing and balance disorders.

    Contact Information:
    American Academy of Audiology
    11480 Commerce Park Drive, Suite 220
    Reston, VA 20191
    (800) 222-2336 (Voice)
    (703) 790-8631 (Fax)

    American Association of the Deaf-Blind


    AADB is a national consumer organization of, by, and for deaf-blind Americans and their supporters.

    Contact Information:
    American Association of the Deaf-Blind
    3825 LaVista Road, W-2
    Tucker, GA 30084

    American Cochlear Implant Alliance


    The American Cochlear Implant Alliance is a not-for-profit membership organization created with the purpose of eliminating barriers to cochlear implantation by sponsoring research, driving heightened awareness and advocating for improved access to cochlear implants for patients of all ages across the US.

    Contact Information:
    ACI Alliance
    P.O. Box 103
    McLean, VA 22101-0103
    (703) 534-6146 (Voice)

    American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC)


    ASDC is a national organization of families and professionals committed to educating, empowering, and supporting parents and families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The ASDC helps families find meaningful communication options, particularly through the competent use of sign language, in their home, school, and community.

    Contact Information:
    American Society for Deaf Children
    800 Florida Ave, NE #2047
    Washington, DC 20002-3695
    (800) 942-2732 (Voice)
    (410) 795-0965 (Fax)

    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)


    ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 166,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students.

    Contact Information:
    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
    2200 Research Boulevard
    Rockville, MD 20850-3289
    Members: (800) 498-2071 (Voice)
    Nonmembers: (800) 638-8255 (Voice)
    (301) 296-8580 (Fax)
    (301) 296-5650 (TTY)​

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    BEGINNINGS for Parents of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing is a non-profit that helps parents and families understand hearing loss, and the diverse needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

    Contact Information:
    156 Wind Chime Court, Suite A
    Raleigh, NC 27615
    (919) 715-4092 (Voice/TTY)
    (919) 715-4093 (Fax)​

    Boys Town National Research Hospital


    Boys Town National Research Hospital's mission is to "help heal America's children and operate the nation's leading clinical research center for childhood hearing loss and related disorders." Their website offers information on the causes of hearing loss in children as well as information on hearing testing.

    The website My Baby's Hearing was created by the Boys Town National Research Hospital to answer parents' questions about infant hearing screening and follow-up testing, steps to take after diagnosis of hearing loss, hearing loss and hearing aids, language and speech, and parenting issues.

    Contact Information:
    Boys Town National Research Hospital
    555 N. 30th Street
    Omaha, NE 68131
    (402) 498-6511 (Voice)

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    Central Institute for the Deaf (CID)


    CID is a school where children, birth to age 12, who are deaf and hard of hearing learn to listen, talk and read without using sign language.

    Contact Information:
    Center for Hearing and Communication
    825 South Taylor Ave
    St. Louis, MO 63110
    (314) 977-0132 (Voice)
    (314) 977-0023 (Fax)​

    Center for Parent Information and Resources


    The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities.

    Contact Information:
    Center for Parent Information and Resources
    c/o Statewide Parent Advocacy Network
    35 Halsey St., 4th Floor
    Newark, NJ 07102

    Clerc Center


    The Clerc Center provides information, training, and technical assistance for parents and professionals to meet the needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Its 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.

    Contact Information:
    Gallaudet University
    800 Florida Avenue, NE
    Washington DC 20002-3695
    (202) 651-5855 (Voice/TTY)​

    Cochlear Implant Education Center

    The Cochlear Implant Education Center (CIEC) is a unit of the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University. It is an educational resource center created in 2000 to share information about cochlear implant technology and its role in the education and lives of children who are deaf from birth through high school-aged. The CIEC has a unique focus in exploring and sharing considerations and practices related to the development and use of both spoken language and signed language for children using cochlear implant technology.

    Contact Information:
    Debra Nussbaum
    Manager, Projects-Language Development and Communication
    Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center
    Gallaudet University
    800 Florida Ave. NE
    Washington, DC 20002
    (202) 651-5638 (Voice)​

    Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD)

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    The Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf is an association of schools and educational programs involved with the education of deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

    Contact Information:
    CEASD, Inc.
    P.O. Box 116
    Washington Grove, MD 20880
    (202) 999-2204 (Voice)
    (202) 866-6248 (VP)

    Convention of American Instructors of the Deaf (CAID)


    The Convention of American Instructors of the Deaf(CAID) is the organization for all teachers, administrators, educational interpreters, residential personnel, and other concerned professionals involved in education of the deaf.

    Contact Information:
    P.O. Box 377
    Bedford, TX 76095-0377
    (817) 354-8414 (Voice/TTY)

    Council for Exceptional Children

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    The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

    Contact Information:
    Council for Exceptional Children
    2900 Crystal Drive, Suite 100
    Arlington, VA 22202-3557
    (888) 232-7733 (Voice)
    (866) 915-5000 (TTY)​

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    Deafness and Family Communication Center (DFCC) at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


    The DFCC is an organization dedicated to helping parents make better decisions for their deaf and hard of hearing children. Their website has information and resources on hearing loss in children from birth to teens.

    Contact Information:
    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    Deafness and Family Communication Center
    3440 Market St., 4th Floor
    Behavioral Health Center
    Philadelphia, PA 19104
    (215) 590-7440 (Voice)
    (215) 590-6817 (TTY)

    Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alliance

    The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alliance (DHHA) is a coalition of organizations that focuses on public policy and other issues related to improving the quality of life for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and all people with hearing loss. 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. DHHA members are not-for- profit national consumer and professional entities of or for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, which represent same, or which deal with deafness, hearing loss, and related issues.

    Contact Information:
    Consumer Co-Chair, Lise Hamlin, Hearing Loss Association of America



    DeafTEC provides resources for high schools and community colleges that educate deaf and hard-of-hearing students in STEM-related programs.

    Contact Information:
    DeafTEC: Technological Education Center for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students
    NSF ATE National Center of Excellence
    National Technical Institute for the Deaf
    Rochester Institute of Technology
    Rosica Hall, Suite 1100
    52 Lomb Memorial Drive
    Rochester, NY 14623

    Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


    CDC has been tracking the number of children with hearing loss since the early 1980’s. By studying the number of people with hearing loss over time, we can find out if the number is rising, dropping, or staying the same. We can also compare the number of children with hearing loss in different groups of people. This information helps us look for potential risk factors for hearing loss and helps health departments, service providers and early intervention programs to estimate case loads, plan for services, and advocate for needed resources.
    Contact Information:
    Hearing Loss EHDI Programs
    1600 Clifton Road
    Atlanta, GA 30329-4027
    (800) 232-4636 (Voice)
    (888) 232-6348 (TTY)

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    Educational Audiology Association


    The Educational Audiology Association is an international organization of audiologists and related professionals who deliver a full spectrum of hearing services to all children, particularly those in educational settings.

    The mission of the Educational Audiology Association is to act as the primary resource and as an active advocate for its members through its publications and products, continuing educational activities, networking opportunities and other professional endeavors.

    Contact Information:
    Central Office
    700 McKnight Park Drive, Suite 708
    Pittsburgh, PA 15237
    (800) 460-7322 (Voice)
    (888) 729-3489 (Fax)

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    Hands & Voices


    Hands & Voices is a non-profit, parent-driven organization dedicated to supporting families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. We are non-biased about communication methodologies and believe that families can make the best choices for their child if they have access to good information and support. 

    Contact Information:
    Hands & Voices
    PO Box 3093
    Boulder CO 80307
    (303) 492-6283 (Voice)​

    Hearing Health Foundation


    Hearing Health Foundation (HHF) is the largest private funder of hearing research, with a mission to prevent and cure hearing loss and tinnitus through groundbreaking research and to promote hearing health.

    Contact Information:
    363 7th Avenue, 10th Floor
    New York, NY 10001-3904
    (212) 257-6140 (Voice)

    Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)


    HLAA provides assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families to learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss. Its national support network includes an office in the Washington, DC, area as well as 14 state organizations and 200 local chapters.

    Contact Information:
    Hearing Loss Association of America
    7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200
    Bethesda, MD 20814
    (301) 657-2248 (Voice)

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    National Association of the Deaf (NAD)

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    Established in 1880, the NAD is the nation's largest consumer organization safeguarding the accessibility and civil rights of 28 million deaf and hard of hearing Americans in education, employment, health care, and telecommunications. The NAD focuses on grassroots advocacy and empowerment, captioned media, deafness-related information and publications, legal assistance, policy development and research, public awareness, certification of interpreters, and youth leadership development.

    Contact Information:
    National Association of the Deaf
    8630 Fenton Street, Suite 820
    Silver Spring, MD 20910
    (301) 587-1788 (ZVRS)
    (301) 328-1443 (Sorenson)
    (301) 338-6380 (Convo) 
    (301) 453-2390 (Purple) 
    (301) 587-1789 (TTY)
    (301) 587-1791 (Fax)

    National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDE)


    National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDE) focuses on improving educational services and outcomes for children and youth with disabilities throughout the United States, the Department of Defense, the federated territories and the Freely Associated States of Palau, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands.

    Contact Information:
    225 Reinekers Lane, Suite 420
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    (703) 519-3800 (Voice)
    (703) 519-3808 (Fax)

    National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA)


    NBDA is the oldest and largest consumer organization of deaf and hard of hearing black people in the United States. Black deaf leaders were concerned that deaf and hard of hearing African Americans were not adequately represented in leadership and policy-making activities affecting their lives, so they established NBDA in 1982.

    Contact Information:
    National Black Deaf Advocates
    P.O. Box 564
    Secane, PA 19018

    National Center on Deaf-Blindness


    As a national technical assistance center funded by the federal Department of Education, NCDB works to improve the quality of life for children who are deaf-blind and their families by:

    • Creating visibility and direction for identified priorities through a range of practices, activities, supports and partnerships.
    • Identifying and encouraging new innovations in local, state, and national practice and policy.
    • Promoting opportunity for reflection, debate, and constructive dialogue around ideas and developing practice.
    • Maintaining a rich repository of content, history, and knowledge, easily available and shared by all who are part of the community of deaf-blindness.
    Contact Information:
    National Center on Deaf-Blindness
    345 N. Monmouth Ave.
    Monmouth, OR 97361
    (503) 838-8754 (Voice)
    (503) 838-8150 (Fax)

    National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM)


    NCHAM serves as the National Resource Center for the implementation and improvement of comprehensive and effective Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) systems.

    Contact Information:
    NCHAM at Utah State University
    1615 Old Main Hill
    Logan, UT 84322

    National Cued Speech Association (NCSA)


    NCSA promotes the effective use of cued speech for communication, language acquisition in more than 50 languages, and literacy. Through publications, exhibits, family/professional learning vacations, and conferences, NCSA provides education, awareness, and support for people with language, hearing, and learning needs, assisting their families and the professionals who serve them.

    Contact Information:
    National Cued Speech Association
    1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 190-713
    Washington, DC 20004
    800-459-3529 (Voice)​

    National Deaf Education Project


    NDEP was established in 1998 to articulate and work toward the development of a quality communication and language-driven educational delivery system for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

    Contact Information:​
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    National Family Association for Deaf-Blind


    The National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB) is a nonprofit, volunteer-based family association. Our philosophy is that individuals who are deaf-blind are valued members of society and are entitled to the same opportunities and choices as other members of the community.

    Contact Information:
    National Family Association for Deaf-Blind
    141 Middle Neck Road
    Sands Point, NY 11050
    (800) 255-0411 (Voice)
    (516) 883-9060 (Fax)​

    National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)


    NIDCD is one of the institutes that make up the National Institutes of Health. NIDCD supports and conducts research and distributes information to improve the lives of millions of individuals with communication disorders.

    Contact Information:
    National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
    National Institutes of Health
    31 Center Drive, MSC 2320
    Bethesda, MD 20892-2320
    (800) 241-1044 / (301) 827-8183 (Voice)
    (800) 241-1055 (TTY)

    NIDCD Information Clearinghouse


    The NIDCD Information Clearinghouse provides information and resources for health professionals, patients, industry, and the public. The NIDCD Directory lists organizations that are national in scope and that focus on health issues relating to hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, or speech. The directory is designed to encourage networking among individuals and organizations that have an interest in deafness and communication disorders.

    Contact Information:
    NIDCD Information Clearinghouse
    1 Communication Avenue
    Bethesda, MD 20892-3456
    800-241-1044 (Voice)
    800-241-1055 (TTY)​

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    National Deaf Center


    NDC is a technical assistance and dissemination center funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Our mission is to support postsecondary outcomes for individuals who are deaf, deafblind, deafdisabled, hard of hearing, or late deafened. NDC activities draw on evidence-based strategies to educate and engage with stakeholders across the nation. We seek to create conditions for optimal success in a way that recognizes and honors the experiences, perspectives, and strengths of deaf individuals (see below for a discussion of terminology).

    Contact Information:
    National Deaf Center
    The University of Texas at Austin
    1912 Speedway D4900
    Austin, TX 78712-1284
    (512) 232-2320 (Voice)
    (512) 232-2322 (Fax)​

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    Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf


    The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID), a national membership organization, plays a leading role in advocating for excellence in the delivery of interpretation and transliteration services between people who use sign language and people who use spoken language.

    Contact Information:
    Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
    333 Commerce Street
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    (703) 838-0030 (Voice)
    (571) 257-3957 (Videophone)
    (703) 838-0454 (Fax)​

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    Say What? Club


    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. Participants get to know each other and develop an on-line “community feeling.”

    Contact Information:

    SEE Center for the Advancement of Deaf Children


    The SEE Center provides quality training and support for those who use Signing Exact English.

    Contact Information:
    The SEE Center
    10443 Los Alamitos Blvd
    Los Alamitos, California 90720
    (562) 430-1467 (Voice/TTY)
    (562) 795-6614 (Fax)

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    Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI)


    TDI is a national advocacy organization focused on addressing equal access issues in telecommunications and media.

    Contact Information:
    Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc.
    8630 Fenton Street, #121
    Silver Spring, MD 20910
    (301) 563-9112 (Voice/Videophone)
    (301) 589-3006 (TTY)