Organizations for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Instructor: Bill Sands
Across the country, there are several organizations devoted to providing assistance to the deaf and hard of hearing. Read on for a list of just a few of these associations.

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

AG Bell is a nonprofit organization devoted to helping parents, educators, and health care professionals access information about hearing loss, the use of assistive technologies, and available language development resources. The primary focus of this organization is children with hearing loss, though they also offer networking and accessibility resources for adults. Situated in Washington, DC, this is a member-based association with a national reach. AG Bell members include parents, professionals, teachers, and other related parties participating in more than 30 state chapters.

American Cochlear Implant Alliance

The goal of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance is to remove barriers associated with cochlear implantation. The group includes scientists, educators, and clinicians who conduct extensive research and develop awareness campaigns, all with the intent of providing important information for both adult and pediatric patients. As part of their efforts to raise awareness, they publish resources about the implant procedure and provide advice for navigating insurance coverage in addition to hosting an annual forum where professionals can convene and share their knowledge. The alliance is based in McLean, VA.

American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC)

This Pennsylvania-based organization was founded by parents in 1967 as a means of providing support to children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families. The organization holds the distinction of being the oldest of its kind in the nation and offers recommended reading and ASL lessons to families as well as research articles for educators, audiologists, and other health care providers. The society also holds an annual conference. At this event, children and their families can connect with their peers and learn valuable information about recent developments in the field. In a nod to the organization's devotion to providing for children, the conference also contains numerous fun activities for children and teens.

Coalition for Global Hearing Health

The Coalition for Global Hearing Health's objectives are twofold: advocate for the improvement of hearing health services and provide healthcare professionals and families with the resources to advocate for proper practices. In order to ensure the successful achievement of these goals, this Texas-based coalition has instituted several steering committees devoted to the following topics:

  • Education & Training
  • Technology Access
  • Community & Family Empowerment
  • Advocacy/Media
  • Global Standard of Care

Center for Hearing and Communication

With a pair of offices in New York and Florida, the center has been providing support to the East Coast since 1910. Available services include hearing aid evaluations, communication services for adults, free hearing screenings, and extensive pediatric care for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The center also strives to be involved in local communities by hosting a number of events, conferences, and meetings. Perhaps the most important of these events is the Annual Meeting, a celebration during which certain individuals are rewarded for their accomplishments and efforts to help those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Further Reading on Support for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Additional resources for students who are deaf or hard of hearing can be found through's selection of courses related to this topic.

This Teaching Strategies for Deaf Education course provides instruction on topics ranging from deaf culture and language acquisition to instructional strategies and the rights of students who are deaf or hearing impaired. This Teaching Literacy to Deaf Students course focuses specifically on the methods used to develop students' reading and writing skills, while this Teaching Students with Communication Disorders course includes material on students with hearing disabilities.