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AbleData

Director: Katherine Belknap, M.A.
Information Specialist: Juanita Hardy
Address: 8630 Fenton Street, Suite 930
Voice: (301) 608-8998
Toll-free Voice: (800) 227-0216
TTY: (301) 608-8912
Fax: (301) 608-8958
Internet: www.abledata.com
Last updated: 2014 Apr 1

Description:
The AbleData project helps people who have disabilities, including communication disorders, by providing information about assistive devices, rehabilitation equipment, and other products for people with disabilities. Resources include a database of more than 40,000 products. A database of citations of books, articles, and other resources related to assistive technology also is available, along with fact sheets, brochures, and online publications. AbleData is sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

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Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology (ARA)

President: John Greer Clark, Ph.D.
Association Coordinator: Joy Benn
Address: P.O. Box 86
Fax: (888) 552-7441
Internet: www.audrehab.org
Last updated: 2011 Jun 30

Description:
The Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology (ARA) was founded in 1966 as a forum for the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and experience related to rehabilitative aspects of audiology and associated disciplines. Membership in ARA is open to professionals holding a graduate degree in audiology, speech-language pathology,or the education of persons with hearing impairment. Associate and student memberships are also available. Holds annual institute;contact ARA for date and location. A professional newsletter/bulletin, directory, and books and monographs are available.

Publications:
The Pinnacle
Frequency: quarterly
Type: professional newsletter

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American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Executive Director: Arlene A. Pietranton, Ph.D., C.A.E.
Public Information Contact: ASHA Action Center
Address: 2200 Research Boulevard
Voice: (301) 296-5700
Toll-free Voice: (800) 638-8255
TTY: (301) 296-5650
Internet: www.asha.org
Last updated: 2011 Jun 30

Description:
The mission of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is to promote the interests of and provide the highest quality services for professionals in audiology, speech-language pathology, and speech and hearing science, and to advocate for people with communication disabilities. Holds annual conference; contact ASHA for date and location. Professional brochures/pamphlets, journals, and professional/consumer online publications are available. Some materials are available in Spanish.

Publications:
American Journal of Audiology
Frequency: semiannual
Type: journal
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
Frequency: quarterly
Type: journal
ASHA Leader
Frequency: at least monthly
Type: newspaper

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Audiology and Speech Pathology Services, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Director: Lucille B. Beck, Ph.D.
Public Information Contact: Cathy Greener
Address: VA Medical Center, 50 Irving Street, NW
Voice: (202) 745-8578
Voice: (202) 745-8270
Fax: (202) 745-8579
Last updated: 2011 Jun 30

Description:
Audiology and Speech Pathology Services of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides high-quality, comprehensive, state-of-the-art clinical services to eligible veterans. Diagnostic and treatment services are offered in a timely manner and in an environment that fosters respect, communication, and compassion. Audiology services include evaluation and treatment of hearing loss and tinnitus, along with assessment of balance problems and, in some locations, balance rehabilitation. Diagnostic auditory and vestibular assessment, provision of hearing aids and assistive and alerting devices, cochlear implant management, and auditory rehabilitation also are available. Speech pathology services include evaluation and treatment of speech, language, voice, and swallowing disorders.

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CHERAB Foundation

Founder: Lisa Geng
Address: P.O. Box 8524
Voice: (772) 335-5135
Last updated: 2011 Jun 30

Description:
The CHERAB Foundation (CHERAB) is a worldwide nonprofit organization that helps individuals with speech and language delays and disorders through communication help, education, and research that is apraxia-based. Its area of emphasis is verbal and oral apraxia, which are severe neurologically based speech and language disorders that hinder children's ability to speak. The foundation is committed to assisting with the development of new therapeutic approaches to, and prevention and cure of, neurologically based speech disorders. CHERAB brings together parents and medical, research, and educational professionals to help give a voice to all. Sign up to receive updates at http://twitter.com/TheLateTalker.

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Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA)

President: Mary Sturm, M.D.
Public Information Contact: Kathy Hennessy
Address: 416 Lincoln Avenue
Voice: (412) 343-7102
Last updated: 2011 Jun 30

Description:
The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) is the only national nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity representing the needs of children with apraxia and their families. CASANA’s goal is to provide credible, reliable, and comprehensive information on apraxia of speech in children. Guided by a professional advisory board of experts in childhood apraxia of speech, CASANA offers information and resources based on the current prevailing professional literature and expert opinion. CASANA raises awareness and provides online services, educational training, workshops for professionals and parents, and research support. Educational DVDs are available on topics that include an introduction to childhood apraxia of speech, treatment strategies, and ways to help children with apraxia practice speaking at home and in the community.

Publications:
Apraxia-KIDS Newsletter
Frequency: published bimonthly
Type: other

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Communication Service for the Deaf, Inc. (CSD)

Chief Executive Officer: Benjamin Soukup, L.L.D.
Public Information Contact: Rick Norris, Public Relations
Address: 102 North Krohn Place
Voice: (605) 367-5760
Toll-free Voice: (800) 642-6410
TTY: (605) 367-5761
Toll-free TTY: (866) 273-3323
Fax: (605) 367-5958
Internet: www.c-s-d.org
Last updated: 2011 Jun 30

Description:
Communication Service for the Deaf, Inc., (CSD) is a world leader in providing broad-based quality human service programs and telecommunication relay services for consumers who are deaf and hard-of-hearing. CSD has a staff of approximately 2,000 people in facilities across the United States. CSD endeavors to increase opportunities for greater independence, ensure communication accessibility, and promote public awareness of issues affecting everyone who is deaf or hard-of-hearing.

Publications:
SIGNews
Frequency: monthly
Type: newspaper for the signing community

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HEAR NOW

Public Information Contact: Joanita Stelter
Address: 6700 Washington Avenue South
Voice: 800-328-8602
Toll-free Voice: (800) 648-4327
Fax: (952) 947-4997
Last updated: 2011 Jun 30

Description:
HEAR NOW, a domestic program of the Starkey Hearing Foundation, provides hearing aids to people with no other resources to acquire hearing aids. HEAR NOW is a program of last resort; all other options must be used before service is awarded. Professional/consumer fact sheets and brochures are available.

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Hearing Industries Association (HIA)

Executive Director: Carole M. Rogin
Address: 1444 I Street, NW, Suite 700
Voice: (202) 449-1090
Fax: (202) 216-9646
Internet: www.hearing.org
Last updated: 2011 Jun 30

Description:
The Hearing Industries Association (HIA) is the national trade association of manufacturers of hearing aids, assistive listening devices, component parts, and power sources. Together, these companies produce the majority of the over 2 million hearing aids that are purchased in the United States on an annual basis. The HIA website maintains a database of media articles related to hearing aids use, research, and proposed legislation affecting their use. Fact sheets and statistical reports are available for purchase by request.

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House Research Institute

Chief Executive Officer: James D. Boswell
Manager of Media Relations: Kirsten A. Holguin
Address: 2100 West Third Street
Voice: (213) 483-4431
TTY: (213) 484-2642
Fax: (213) 483-8789
Internet: www.hei.org
Last updated: 2011 Jun 30

Description:
The House Research Institute (formerly called the House Ear Institute) is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to advancing hearing science through research and education to improve quality of life. Scientists are exploring the developing ear and ear diseases at the cellular and molecular level as well as investigating the complex ear-brain interaction. They also are working to improve hearing aids and auditory implants, clinical treatments, and intervention methods. Professional/consumer brochures, books, and audiovisuals are available.

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Media Access Group at WGBH

Director: Larry Goldberg
Public Information Contact: Mary Watkins
Address: 1 Guest Street
Voice: (617) 300-3400
TTY: (617) 300-2489
Fax: (617) 300-1035
Internet: access.wgbh.org
Last updated: 2011 Jun 30

Description:
The Media Access Group at WGBH consists of the Caption Center, which provides captioning for television, Web-based media, and feature films; the Descriptive Video Service, which creates audio descriptions for blind and visually impaired audiences for these and other media formats; and the WGBH-Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM), which promotes accessibility for classrooms, the Internet, movie theaters, and more through ongoing research and development, outreach, and public policy initiatives. E-mail news updates and professional/consumer fact sheets are available.

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National Aphasia Association (NAA)

Executive Director: Ellayne Ganzfried, M.S., CCC-SLP
Address: 350 7th Avenue, Suite 902
Voice: (212) 267-2814
Toll-free Voice: (800) 922-4622
Fax: (212) 267-2812
Last updated: 2011 Jun 30

Description:
The mission of the National Aphasia Association (NAA) is to educate the public about aphasia as a disorder that impairs a person’s ability to communicate without impairing a person’s intellect. NAA provides people with aphasia, their families, support systems, and health care professionals with resources that can help individuals affected by aphasia recover lost skills, compensate for skills that cannot be recovered, and minimize the psychosocial impact of a language impairment. Holds regional conferences; contact NAA for dates and locations. A professional/consumer newsletter, directory, fact sheets, and other publications are available.

Publications:
NAA Newsletter
Frequency: Quarterly
Type: e-newsletter

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National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (NBASLH)

Chairperson: Arnell Brady
Public Information Contact: Diane Yenerall
Address: 800 Perry Highway, Suite 3
Voice: (412) 366-1177
Fax: (412) 366-8804
Internet: www.nbaslh.org
Last updated: 2011 Jun 30

Description:
The National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (NBASLH) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the sharing of information about communication impairments and differences among black people; the professional development of speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and students; and the advocacy of quality service delivery to the black community. Holds annual convention; contact NBASLH for date and location. A professional journal and newsletter/bulletin are available.

Publications:
ECHO
Frequency: annual
Type: professional journal
Resound
Frequency: semiannual
Type: professional newsletter

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National Cued Speech Association (NCSA), Deaf Children's Literacy Project

President: Shannon Howell
Executive Director: Marah Baltzell
Address: 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 190-713
Toll-free Voice: (800) 459-3529
Toll-free TTY: (800) 459-3529
Last updated: 2011 Jun 30

Description:
The National Cued Speech Association (NCSA) and its Deaf Children's Literacy Project promote the effective use of cued speech for communication, language acquisition (in more than 50 languages), and literacy through the use of cued speech. NCSA provides education, awareness, and support for people with language, hearing, speech, and learning needs through publications, exhibits, family/professional learning vacations, and conferences. NCSA sets standards of cueing and certifies instructors of cued speech. Visit NCSA's bookstore for books, games, computer software, and more.

Publications:
On Cue
Frequency: triannual
Type: newsletter

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National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)

Acting Director: Ruth Brannon
Address: 550 12th Street, SW, Room 6056
Voice: (202) 245-7640
Fax: (202) 245-7630
Last updated: 2011 Jun 30

Description:
The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) is part of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), U.S. Department of Education. NIDRR supports a comprehensive program of national and international research into all aspects of the rehabilitation of people with disabilities and their successful integration into education, work, and community life. Grants are awarded to institutions of higher education and qualified organizations; the fellowship program provides grants to individuals with advanced rehabilitation credentials. NIDRR administers the Interagency Committee on Disability Research. An online directory of projects and publications is available.

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Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)

Acting Director/Official Deputy: Patricia J. Guard
Address: U.S. Department of Education, 550 12th Street, SW, Room 4109
Voice: (202) 245-7459
Fax: (202) 245-7616
Last updated: 2011 Jun 30

Description:
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), an office within the U.S. Department of Education, is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities—including communication disorders—from birth through age 21 and providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts. OSEP awards formula grants to states as well as discretionary grants to institutions of higher education and other nonprofit organizations to support research, demonstrations, technical assistance and dissemination, technology and personnel development, and parent-training and information centers. Professional and consumer publications are available.

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Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)

Executive Director: M. Nell Bailey
Administrative Assistant: Dawn Paulson
Address: 1700 North Moore Street, Suite 1540
Voice: (703) 524-6686
TTY: (703) 524-6639
Fax: (703) 524-6630
Internet: www.resna.org
Last updated: 2011 Jun 30

Description:
The Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) is an interdisciplinary association for the advancement of rehabilitation and assistive technologies. Members range from rehabilitation professionals to providers and consumers. RESNA is dedicated to promoting the exchange of ideas and information for the advancement of assistive technology and rehabilitation engineering. Administers a certification program that is designed to instill quality assurance offered by professionals who support people with disabilities. RESNA holds an annual conference; contact RESNA for date and location. RESNA also administers a federal grant that provides technical assistance and information to the 50 states and U.S. territories. Professional books and audiovisuals are available. Materials in alternative formats are available upon request.

Publications:
Assistive Technology
Frequency: quarterly
Type: journal
RESNA NewsBriefs
Frequency: weekly
Type: other

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United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (USSAAC)

President: Patricia Ourand, M.S., CCC-SLP
Public Information Contact: Barbara Figueiredo, USSAAC Office Manager
Address: P.O. Box 1195
Voice: (928) 585-8525
Fax: (410) 296-5710
Internet: www.USSAAC.org
Last updated: 2011 Jun 30

Description:
The purposes of the United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (USSAAC) are to enhance the communication effectiveness of people who can benefit from augmentative and alternative communication and to support the goals of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. USSAAC supports individuals in their right to communicate and participate fully in society; promotes public awareness; influences national and state public policy and legislation; disseminates legislative, regulatory, and funding information; facilitates high-quality service delivery; and promotes transdisciplinary professional education. Sponsors a conference every two years; visit the USSAAC website for date and location.

Publications:
SpeakUp
Frequency: triannual
Type: magazine

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