We understand the unique needs and experiences of the Blind and Deaf community, and we are committed to providing valuable resources to enhance accessibility and communication. Explore our curated collection of external online resources designed to empower you, whether you’re seeking sign language tutorials, interpretation services, or tools to bridge the communication gap.
DB YEA! is an an organization dedicated to empowering youth and young adults in the Austin and surrounding areas who face the unique challenges of combined vision and hearing loss. They offer a comprehensive program specifically designed for individuals aged 14 to 22, encompassing high school and 18+ programs. The organization’s distinctive approach combines direct access to English and American Sign Language, object and picture systems, as well as translation services for Cued Speech and Spanish. With the guidance of DeafBlind instructors and mentors, they provide in-person and remote training activities in crucial areas such as autonomy, self-adjustment to sensory challenges, travel skills, independent living, communication strategies, employment support, social engagement, and post-secondary education options. Join them as they navigate the journey together and unlock a world of possibilities for a vibrant and fulfilling future.
Tactile Communications is a learning and education center for DeafBlind individuals located in Monmouth, Oregon. We believe that DeafBlind individuals can achieve their dreams no matter what they are. If you want to own a business, work with animals, travel the world, create healthy meals, raise children, learn a new activity or be comfortable with who you are we want to give you the foundation to achieve that. TC seeks to provide “wrap around services” which surrounds the individual with skills and knowledge that they can use to meet their needs and goals. Our services are customized to you so that you can discover your own autonomy in all matters of home, work, play and life.
As a national technical assistance center, NCDB works with state deaf-blind projects and other partners to improve educational results and quality of life for children who are deaf-blind and their families.
Texas Project FIRST is an activity of the Texas Continuing Improvement Process (TCIP) under the auspices of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and Region 9 Education Service Center, and is focused on helping to fulfill the goals of TEA and the Parent Training Committee. Texasprojectfirst.org is a project of Family to Family Network, dedicated to providing accurate and consistent information on the special education process.
The National Federation of the Blind is the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind Americans. Founded in 1940 and currently headquartered in Baltimore, the NFB consists of affiliates, chapters, and divisions in all fifty states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico.
Access Vine is a training and outreach service focusing on a wide range of topics such as self-advocacy skill-building, career exploration, deaf culture awareness, and accessibility. The purpose of Access Vine is focused on improving accessibility for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.
The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc (RID) is a non-profit organization founded on June 16, 1964, and incorporated in 1972, that seeks to uphold standards, ethics, and professionalism for American Sign Language interpreters. RID is currently a membership organization. The organization grants credentials earned by interpreters who have passed assessments for American Sign Language to English and English to American Sign Language interpretation and maintains their certificates by taking continuing education units. RID provides a Certification Maintenance Program (CMP) to certified members in support of skill-enhancing studies.
Even though the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990, Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and hard of hearing people still face discrimination in different situations. To address these critical and important gaps, the NAD developed a series of advocacy letters for people from our community to use as a first step to resolve such situations. Note, these letters are not intended to provide legal advice – these letters are for you to educate yourself and others. The NAD hopes these letters help you avoid long legal battles because at the end of the day, providing no access is wrong and is considered discriminatory.
Have you ever experienced discrimination because you are a deaf or hard of hearing person? The NAD strongly encourages you to file a complaint so that you may be able to resolve the problem as well as raise awareness. The first step is to identify who discriminated against you and where the discrimination happened. This information will determine where you should file a complaint.
The step-by-step resource (with official forms) for filing an interpreter complaint with the Board for Evaluation of Interpreters.
Deaf Interpreter Academy (DIA) offer programs. DIA offer three training. Three programs are offer in different program and met requirement and help grow and ready professional as Deaf Interpret and hand-on on.
Resources and educational documents aggregated by Sorenson’s Deaf Interpreter Academy.
The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf’s explaner regarding the use of Certified Dead Interpreters (CDIs).