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DB-LINK at the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (formerly the National Information Clearinghouse on Children Who Are Deaf-Blind)
Associate Director, NCDB: John Reiman, Ph.D.
Address: 345 North Monmouth Avenue, Monmouth, OR, 97361
Toll-free Voice: (800) 438-9376
Toll-free TTY: (800) 854-7013
Fax: (503) 838-8150
DB-LINK, part of the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB), is home to the largest collection of information related to deaf-blindness worldwide. A team of information specialists makes this extensive resource available in response to direct requests and via the website. Contact DB-LINK to access quality information about deaf-blindness, order a newsletter and other publications, find resources by state, receive tailored information packets to support teaching or training, and connect to a network of experts and families. Information is free. NCDB is funded by the U.S. Department of Educationís Office of Special Education Programs.
Type: consumer/professional newsletter
Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP), National Association of the Deaf
Project Director: Bill Stark
Address: 1447 East Main Street, Spartanburg, SC, 29307
Toll-free Voice: (800) 237-6213
Toll-free TTY: (800) 237-6819
Fax: (800) 538-5636
The Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) provides services designed to support and improve the academic achievement of students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard-of-hearing, or deaf-blind. These services include: (1) a library of free-loan described and captioned educational media; (2) a clearinghouse of information related to educational media access, including a gateway to Internet resources related to accessibility; and (3) a center for training and evaluation of any service provider desiring to appear on the DCMPís approved lists of description and captioning service providers. There are no user registration or service fees. The DCMP is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the National Association of the Deaf.
Disability Rights Office, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Chief: Thomas Chandler
Address: 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC, 20554
Voice: (202) 418-2516
Toll-free Voice: (888) 225-5322
TTY: (202) 418-0189
Toll-free TTY: (888) 835-5322
Fax: (866) 418-0232
The Disabilities Rights Office, housed within the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), ensures that FCC actions and policies enable people with disabilities to have the same access as everyone else to telecommunications. FCC implements mandates for nationwide telephone relay services, accessibility, and usability of telecommunications wireline and wireless products and services. These services include hearing aid compatibility of phones, closed captioning of television programming, and accessibility of emergency information on television.
Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
Public Information Contact: Information Specialists
Address: 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20530
Toll-free Voice: (800) 514-0301
Toll-free TTY: (800) 514-0383
Fax: (202) 514-0404
The Disability Rights Section (DRS) is part of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). DRS focuses on all disabilities and is especially knowledgeable about the interpretation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The organization offers an information line for all inquiries as well as assistance to state and local government entities, private-sector business professionals, and the general public. Fact sheets, brochures/pamphlets, online publications, and a professional report are available. Some materials in Spanish and other languages are available.
Enforcing the ADA: A Status Report from the Department of Justice
Disability, Inc./Sign Language USA, LLC/CAPCOM
Executive Director: Richard F. Rosen, Ph.D.
Address: P.O. Box 1246, McLean, VA, 22101
Voice: (703) 628-5472
Voice: 1-855-SIGNUSA 1-855-744-6872
TTY: (703) 628-5472 (via relay)
Fax: (520) 544-8911
Internet: www.signlanguageusa.com / www.attorneysworldwide.com
Disability, Inc./Sign Language USA, LLC/CAPCOM provides sign language interpreters and support services for people with disabilities. Live or live-video sign language interpreting is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Services include legal counsel to deaf persons, other legal services, assistance with home mortgages, product information, and the accessibility status of businesses and other locations. Fact sheets and brochures are available.
Dogs for the Deaf, Inc.
President/CEO: Robin Dickson
Information Resources Coordinator: Kimberly Miller
Address: 10175 Wheeler Road, Central Point, OR, 97502
Voice: (541) 826-9220
Toll-free Voice: (800) 990-DOGS (3647)
TTY: (541) 826-9220
Fax: (541) 826-6696
Dogs for the Deaf, Inc., rescues dogs from shelters and trains them to respond to environmental sounds such as smoke alarms, door bells, alarm clocks, baby cries, telephones, and the sound of a personís name. The dogs also are obedience-trained and socialized. They are then placed, free of charge, in the homes of deaf and hard-of-hearing applicants who live in the United States and Canada and who want and need the benefits of a professionally trained hearing dog. Professional/consumer newsletter, fact sheets, and online publications are available.
Dyslexia Research Institute (DRI)
Director: Patricia K. Hardman, Ph.D.
Public Information Contact: Amber Mitchell
Address: 5746 Centerville Road, Tallahassee, FL, 32309
Voice: (850) 893-2216
Fax: (850) 893-2440
The goal of the Dyslexia Research Institute (DRI) is to expand the knowledge of parents and professionals in the areas of dyslexia and attention deficit disorders. Direct instruction is provided through a full multisensoral curriculum for both adults and children. DRI runs a full-time school, called Woodland Hall Academy, for dyslexic individuals. DRI provides instruction through informational seminars, teacher training, and advocacy/consultation. Research papers are available.
Dysphagia Research Society
President: Rosemary Martino, Ph.D., M.Sc., M.A. (until June 30, 2012)
Association Manager: Angela Davis, C.A.E.
Address: 4550 Post Oak Place, Suite 342, Houston, TX, 77027
Voice: (713) 965-0566
Fax: (713) 960-0488
The Dysphagia Research Society (DRS) was established to serve researchers and clinicians from different areas of inquiry who share a research interest in normal and disordered swallowing and related functions. Its purposes are to enhance and encourage research in these areas, attract new investigators to the field and encourage interdisciplinary research, promote the dissemination of knowledge, provide a multidisciplinary forum for presenting research, and foster new methodologies and instrumentation in dysphagia research and its clinical applications. DRS holds an annual conference; see website for details. DRS also publishes a professional journal and a newsletter biannually.