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Regarding Deafness

"It was ability that mattered, not disability, which is a word I'm not crazy about using." – Marlee Matlin


The deaf and hard-of-hearing community is heartened by proposed regulations on interpreters issued late last week by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights that give deaf patients the ability to use good-faith judgment to refuse inadequate video remote interpreting services at medical facilities.

  • Dept. of Public Welfare Discriminates Against Deaf Pennsylvanians (PR Newswire 2010)
    Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania filed a class action lawsuit in U.S. District Court today against the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare alleging multiple violations of federal law in how they provide services to deaf persons with intellectual disabilities.
  • Florida Commits to Provide Effective Communication for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Persons (Earth Times – 1-26-10)
    The Florida Department of Children and Families will provide qualified sign language interpreters as required by federal law to deaf and hard-of-hearing persons using its programs and services across the state under a Settlement Agreement reached with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Hearing Aid Tax Credit in 2009/2010 (Better Hearing Institute)
    The Hearing Aid Tax Credit has been reintroduced in BOTH the House of Representatives (H.R. 1646) and the Senate (S.1019)! It's now more critical than ever to write your Members of Congress and ask them to support this important legislation!
  • How do Deaf Blind People Communicate?
    Communication devices that deaf blind people use to connect with other people and exchange information with the world around them.
  • Lawsuits Against Cochlear Implants (CILSF Advocacy Blog)
    Weitz & Luxenberg has filed multiple lawsuits against California cochlear implant (“CI”) manufacturer Advanced Bionics related to certain defective Advanced Bionics cochlear implants, and is currently investigating numerous other cases.
  • Learn Sign Language With Marlee Matlin in New App, Marlee Signs (Media dis&dat – 10/9/12)
    A new sign language app that features Marlee Matlin. Marlee Signs uses high-quality demo videos; among its special features are a “Slow Motion” setting for watching any video in greater detail and a “Spell” section for spelling any word in signs.
  • Work and Being Deaf (
    Finding work can be challenging for a deaf or hard of hearing person. Deaf and hard of hearing people may experience discrimination, both before and after finding employment.


Organizations & Services

  • American Society for Deaf Children
    A national, independent non-profit organization founded as a parent-helping-parent network.
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
    The professional, scientific, and credentialing association for members and affiliates who are speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists in the United States and internationally.
  • Association of Late Deafened Adults
    ALDA is about communication and acceptance of every deafened individual.
  • Better Hearing Institute
    A not-for-profit corporation that educates the public about the neglected problem of hearing loss and what can be done about it.
  • Communication Access Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
    CAC has grown from a non-profit agency in 1972 from a handful of people to around 50 serving the needs of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
  • Deaf & Hearing Impaired Services, Inc.
    Established from a need for deaf and hard of hearing older adults to access services, otherwise made impossible or difficult to access due to the communication barrier.
  • Deaf C.A.N.
    Utilize our services for casework assistance.
  • DeafHope
    Provides a variety of information about the Deaf community.
  • Detroit Assn. of the Deaf
    The sole purpose of this is to provide you with a variety of deaf-related information about our organization as well as about out-of-state deaf clubs.
  • Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans
    NEADS was established to train and provide rescued dogs and donated puppies to assist people who are deaf or physically disabled in leading more independent lives at work, at home and at school.
  • E-Michigan Deaf and Hard of Hearing People
    A statewide coalition of agencies and organizations working together to improve accessibility and services for Michigan’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing people.
  • Hands & Voices
    A nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families and their children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as the professionals who serve them.
  • Hearing Loss Association of America
    Information, education, advocacy & suport
  • Michigan Deaf Association, Inc.
    Statewide organization for, of and by people who are deaf.
  • Michigan Deaf Community
    To be informed of important information and events in the deaf community.
  • Michigan's Hands & Voices
    If you or your child/student talk or sign; if you talk or sign, we care, we need you. We rally around the need to improve educational outcomes for our kids and to enhance their quality of life.
  • Michigan Self Help for Hard of Hearing People
    An all-volunteer non-profit organization providing information, advocacy and support for people who do not hear well.
  • Michigan School for the Deaf
    Mission is to provide academics and social excellence – rich in ASL and English literacy for all students from infancy to graduation, to be the leader in educating Deaf and Hard of Hearing children in Michigan, and to provide services to their families and the community.
  • MSU's American Sign Language Living/Learning Option
    Residence is open to students from all majors who have some proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL); other students interested in learning about ASL and the Deaf culture are welcome at our events.
  • National Association of the Deaf
    The nation's premeir civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the U.S.
  • National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA)
    The official voice of Black deaf and hard of hearing Americans – a community that has historically been neglected in terms of provision of equal access to education, employment and social services.
  • Quick Hearing Check Challenge (Better Hearing Institute)
    This hearing loss check is based on the Revised American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) five-minute hearing test*. It is a means of quickly assessing if you possibly have a hearing loss requiring referral for an objective hearing test and possible hearing solution.
  • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)
    RID is a national membership organization representing the professionals who facilitate communication between people who are deaf or hard of hearing and people who can hear.
  • Seeking Complaints About US Customs and Immigration Services and the Deaf (Center for Independent Living of South Florida Advocacy Blog – 8/30/12)
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service's website asserts that they will provide sign language interpreters, but not foreign language interpreters. I am interested in hearing from anyone who has had any problems getting a sign language interpreter from Immigration.
  • Sign Language Interpreters (DeafHope)
    A major part of reasonable accommodations is qualified sign language interpreters.
  • Sign Language Services of Michigan
    Linking the deaf community with the rest of the world.
  • TTYs (DeafHope)
    A TTY is a device that deaf people can use with their telephone to make calls.

Resources: Websites & Blogs

  • Deafined (American Sign Language)
    Geared to three main groups (parents, students, community) to help people who are deaf no longer feel isolated and left out of conversations.
  • Let's Talk Video Series (MDHHS)
    MDHHS releases videos for individuals who are deaf, deaf blind, and hard of hearing to  help navigate mental health services. There are five original video clips designed to increase awareness of how to access to community mental health coverage for deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing individuals. There is an emphasis on cultural and linguistically appropriate services for this underserved population and encouragement from peers for seeking help with depression, anxiety, trauma and other behavioral health issues. The video clips are produced in American Sign Language with captioning and voiceover.
  • Listen Up
    Specializing in information for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.
  • Michigan websites related to deafness (Michigan Assn. for Deaf and Hard of Hearing)
  • Pediatric Hearing Loss
    Contents include info on diagnostic evaluation, types of hearing losses, legal and family issues, recent developments and resources.