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Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell)
Executive Director: Alexander T. Graham
Director of Communications and Public Affairs: Catherine Murphy
Address: 3417 Volta Place, NW, Washington, DC, 20007-2778
Voice: (202) 337-5220
Toll-free Voice: (866) 337-5220
TTY: (202) 337-5221
Fax: (202) 337-8314
The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) helps families, health care providers, and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Through advocacy, education, research, and financial aid, AG Bell helps to ensure that every child and adult with hearing loss has the opportunity to listen, talk, and thrive. With chapters located throughout the United States and a network of international affiliates, AG Bell supports its mission: advocating independence through listening and talking!
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, Rockville, MD, 20850
Voice: (301) 296-5700
Toll-free Voice: (800) 638-8255
TTY: (301) 296-5650
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.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation)
Executive Director: Nancy J. Minghetti
Public Information Contact: Emily Diaz
Address: 2200 Research Boulevard, Rockville, MD, 20850
Voice: (301) 296-8703
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation (ASHFoundation) supports the advancement of knowledge and the improvement of practice in serving children and adults with speech, language, or hearing disorders. ASHFoundation supports research, masterís and doctoral scholarships, and special projects that facilitate innovative directions in the field of communication sciences and disorders. This private organization is supported, in part, by the tax-deductible contributions of individuals, corporations, and organizations. See the website for information and funding guidelines.
Aphasia Hope Foundation (AHF)
Founder/Executive Director: Judi Stradinger
Public Information Contact: Sandy Caudell, Program Director
Address: P.O. Box 26304, Shawnee Mission, KS, 66225-6304
Voice: (913) 839-8083
The Aphasia Hope Foundation (AHF) is a nonprofit organization with a twofold mission: (1) to promote research into the cure and prevention of aphasia; and (2) to provide survivors of aphasia and their caregivers access to the best possible treatments, both physical and emotional, for living with this disease. AHF maintains an electronic bulletin board and a Web-based forum for posting questions to aphasia professionals and caregivers. AHF also provides information on ongoing research and legislation focusing on aphasia and offers an outlet through which persons with aphasia can share their stories.
Asperger Syndrome Education Network (ASPEN)
The Asperger Syndrome Education Network (ASPEN) supports families and individuals whose lives are affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASD) (i.e., Asperger syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder, and high-functioning autism), and nonverbal learning disabilities (NLD). ASPEN provides education about the issues surrounding these disorders, support to individuals with ASD and NLD in knowing that they are not alone, and help so that they may achieve their maximum potential. ASPEN advocacy areas include educational programs, medical research funding, adult issues, and increased public awareness and understanding. ASPEN is a national volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with headquarters in New Jersey. Members receive a newsletter and resource directory and access to ASPENís lending library.
Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO)
President: Debara Tucci, M.D.
Executive Director: Darla M. Eastlack
Address: 19 Mantua Road, Mt. Royal, NJ, 08061
Voice: (856) 423-0041
Fax: (856) 423-3420
The Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO) is an international scientific society of researchers who investigate basic science and clinical problems associated with hearing, speech, balance, taste and smell, and diseases of the head and neck. AROís goals are to encourage both basic and clinical research in the broad field of otolaryngology and related areas and to foster friendly assembly and stimulate scientific interest among its members. Holds mid-winter research meeting; contact ARO for date and location.
Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP)
Executive Director: Lawrence C. Pencak, M.A.
Public Information Contact: Vincent A. Fields, Sr., M.B.A., Deputy Director
Address: 1106 North Charles Street, Suite 201, Baltimore, MD, 21201
Voice: (410) 637-8300
Fax: (410) 637-8399
The mission of the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) is to promote excellence in the education, research, and practice of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) in the academic arena. To accomplish this, AAP facilitates the exchange of ideas and information on teaching the art and science of PM&R. AAP promotes the dissemination of information and academic life skills to future physicians who will be practicing PM&R and encourages information exchange with other fields of medicine. Holds annual conference; contact AAP for date and location. A professional newsletter, journal, brochures, and a residency training directory are available.
Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is the national association representing University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Maternal and Child Health Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Programs, and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers. Its mission is to help member centers by advancing policy and practice for and with people with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities. Contact AUCD for date and location of annual meeting. A professional newsletter/bulletin, proceedings, and fact sheets are available.
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, Washington, DC, 20422
Voice: (202) 745-8578
Voice: (202) 745-8270
Fax: (202) 745-8579
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.
Autism Society of America
President/COO: Scott Badesch
Address: 4340 East West Highway, Suite 350, Bethesda, MD, 20814
Voice: (301) 657-0881
Toll-free Voice: (800) 3-AUTISM (28-8476)
Fax: (301) 657-0869
Internet: www.autism-society.org / www.autismsource.org
The Autism Society is a national charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and the professionals who work with them by providing current, reliable information about autism, the various options, approaches, and available services. It provides toll-free phone support and a free online Information and Referral database (Autism Source) with information about local, state, and national programs and services. The Autism Societyís nationwide network of chapters is designed to provide information and support for families in their local area. The Autism Society advocates at the local, state, and national levels to improve public policy, increase awareness, and promote research that leads to applied best practices to improve the quality of life for those living with autism throughout the life span.
President: Mark Roithmayr
Executive Vice President, Programs and Services: Peter Bell
Address: 2 Park Avenue, 11th Floor, New York, NY, 10016
Voice: (212) 252-8584
Voice: (609) 228-7346
Fax: (212) 252-8676
The goal of Autism Speaks is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. This organization is dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of autism.
BEGINNINGS for Parents of Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Inc. (BEGINNINGS)
Executive Director: Joni Alberg, Ph.D.
Public Information Contact: Judy Werbicki, Administrative Assistant
Address: 302 Jefferson Street, Suite 110, Raleigh, NC, 27605
Voice: (919) 850-2746
Toll-free Voice: (800) 541-4327 (In-state only)
TTY: (919) 850-2746
Fax: (919) 850-2804
BEGINNINGS for Parents of Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Inc., (BEGINNINGS) provides support and information in an impartial manner to parents and professionals dealing with deaf and hard-of-hearing issues in children. BEGINNINGS also provides impartial information on communication options, placement, and educational programs; workshops for professional personnel who work with children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing; and advocacy and support for young people. Fact sheets, brochures, a parent manual, and reports are available, with some materials in Spanish.
Birth Defect Research for Children, Inc. (BDRC)
Birth Defect Research for Children, Inc., (BDRC) provides parents and expectant parents with information about specific birth defects and their causes and treatments, support group referrals, and parent-matching services. BDRC also provides information about environmental exposures that may be associated with birth defects. To study these exposures further, BDRC sponsors the National Birth Defect Registry, an online research project that collects data on birth defects and prenatal/preconception exposures of both parents. A consumer newsletter, fact sheets, and other publications are available.
Boys Town National Research Hospital (BTNRH)
Director: Patrick Brookhouser, M.D.
Public Information Contact: Mary Pat Moeller, Ph.D.
Address: 555 North 30th Street, Omaha, NE, 68131
Voice: (402) 498-6511
Voice: (402) 452-5068
TTY: (402) 498-6543
Fax: (402) 452-5027
Internet: www.boystownhospital.org / www.babyhearing.org
The Boys Town National Research Hospital (BTNRH) is internationally recognized for clinical service and research into the treatment of childhood deafness and communication disorders. Research is conducted in 20 state-of-the-art laboratories and represents three broad areas: neurobiological studies of hearing; hereditary communication disorders; and clinical, educational, and behavioral studies of human communication.
Brain Injury Association of America
President/CEO: Susan Connors
Director of Consumer Services: Greg Ayotte
Address: 1608 Spring Hill Road, Vienna, VA, 22182
Voice: (703) 761-0750
Toll-free Voice: (800) 444-6443
Fax: (703) 761-0755
Internet: www.biausa.org / www.acbis.pro
A traumatic brain injury can cause a wide range of functional changes affecting thinking, language, learning, emotions, behavior, and sensation. The mission of the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is to be the voice of brain injury, and to offer help, hope, and healing to all those affected by brain injury. BIAA offers a toll-free National Brain Injury Information Center (800-444-6443), with information about brain injury and local resources available to callers. BIAA also offers certification for professionals who work with people with brain injury. Webinars are available on a wide range of topics. Check the BIAA marketplace for information about available webinars.
Center for Hearing and Communication
Executive Director: Laurie Hanin, Ph.D.
Director, Audiology Services: Ellen Lafargue
Director, Communication Services: Lois Kam Heymann
Address: 50 Broadway, New York, NY, 10004
Voice: (917) 305-7700
TTY: (917) 305-7999
Fax: (917) 305-7888
The nonprofit Center for Hearing and Communication works to improve the quality of life for people with all degrees of hearing loss and to offer comprehensive services regardless of age or mode of communication. State-of-the-art services include hearing assessment, hearing aid fitting and dispensing, speech-language and auditory evaluation and therapy, otology, cochlear implant evaluation and training, assistive listening devices and FM system counseling, tinnitus and hyperacusis therapy, and evaluation/treatment of children with auditory processing disorder (APD) and other listening challenges. Holds quarterly cochlear implant support group, weekly group assistive device demonstrations, and other meetings. Print and online publications are available.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Acting Administrator: Charlene Frizzera
Public Information Contact: Peter Ashkenaz, Acting Director
Address: 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD, 21244-1850
Voice: (410) 786-3000
Voice: (202) 690-6145
Toll-free Voice: (877) 267-2323
Internet: www.cms.gov / www.medicare.gov
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is a federal agency with responsibilities that include the Medicare and Medicaid programs, two national health care programs benefiting about 75 million Americans; the State Childrenís Health Insurance Program; regulation of all non-research laboratory testing performed on humans in the United States; and programs assisting millions of Americans and small companies in obtaining health insurance coverage. The website www.cms.gov targets health care providers and the public, while www.medicare.gov offers information about services to beneficiaries. Publications are available.
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.
Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA)
President: Mary Sturm, M.D.
Public Information Contact: Kathy Hennessy
Address: 416 Lincoln Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15209
Voice: (412) 343-7102
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. CASANAís 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.
Clearinghouse on Disability Information, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
Director of Communications/Customer Service Team: James Button
Public Information Contact: Carolyn Corlett
Address: 550 12th Street, SW, Room 5133, Washington, DC, 20004
Voice: (202) 245-7307
TTY: (202) 205-5637
Fax: (202) 245-7636
The Clearinghouse on Disability Information, a service of the U.S. Department of Education, responds to people with disabilities and others who request information by conducting research and providing documents related to federal funding available for disability-related programs. Clearinghouse staff members also may refer requests to other sources of disability-related information. Information provided may be useful to disabled individuals and their families, schools and universities, teachers and school administrators, and organizations who serve people with disabilities.
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
Executive Director: Bruce Ramirez
Public Information Contact: Diane Shinn, Communications Director
Address: 2900 Crystal Drive, Suite 1000, Arlington, VA, 22202
Voice: (703) 620-3660
Toll-free Voice: (888) 232-7733
Toll-free TTY: (866) 915-5000
Fax: (703) 264-9494
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities or gifts. CEC advocates for appropriate government policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources for effective professional practice. Holds annual convention; contact CEC for date and location. Professional journals, brochures, and a newsletter are available.
Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD)
The Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD) is an international organization of and for professionals who represent diverse disciplines and who are committed to enhancing the education and development of students with learning disabilities. CLD promotes evidence-based teaching, collaboration, research, leadership, and advocacy. CLD establishes standards of excellence and promotes innovative strategies for research and practice. Holds annual convention; contact CLD for date and location.
Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD)
President: Larry Small, Ph.D.
Executive Administrator: Frances Laven, M.S.
Address: P.O. Box 26532, Minneapolis, MN, 55426
Voice: (952) 920-0966
Fax: (952) 920-6098
The Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD) is an organization of university programs in speech-language pathology; audiology; and speech, language, and hearing sciences. It represents more than 2,000 faculty and administrators from universities in the United States and abroad. CAPCSD advocates for academic programs in communication sciences and disorders and facilitates information exchange among programs and personnel. It also serves as an advisory group to professional associations, legislative bodies, and government agencies. Holds annual conference; contact CAPCSD for date and location. A professional directory, brochures/pamphlets, and reports are available.
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.
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.
Easter Seals, Inc.
President/Chief Executive Officer: James E. Williams, Jr.
Information and Referral Specialist: Rosemary Garza
Address: 233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL, 60606
Voice: (312) 726-6200
Toll-free Voice: (800) 221-6827
TTY: (312) 726-4258
Fax: (312) 726-1494
The mission of Easter Seals, Inc., is to create solutions that change the lives of children and adults with disabilities and their families. Easter Seals operates 450 sites in the United States. Its primary services are medical rehabilitation with early intervention, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, job training and employment, childrenís services (including inclusive childcare), adult and senior services, camping, recreation, and respite.
Educational Audiology Association
Executive Administrator: Jesse Haynes
Educational Audiology Association:
Address: 3030 West 81st Avenue, Westminster, CO, 80031-4111
Voice: (800) 460-7322
Fax: (303) 458-0002
The Educational Audiology Association (EAA) is an international organization of audiologists and related professionals who deliver a full spectrum of hearing services to all children, particularly those in educational settings. The mission of EAA is to act as the primary resource and active advocate for its members through its publications and products, continuing educational activities, networking opportunities, and other professional endeavors. EAA was established in 1984 to advocate for educational audiologists and the students they serve. The American Academy of Audiology and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association recognize EAA as a related professional organization that facilitates direct communication between these organizations and others to provide a forum for EAA issues.
Friends of Libraries for Deaf Action (FOLDA)
Founding President: Alice L. Hagemeyer, M.L.S.
Address: 2930 Craiglawn Road, Silver Spring, MD, 20904-1816
Voice: (301) 563-9062 (VP)ophone)
TTY: (301) 572-5168
Fax: (301) 572-5168
Friends of Libraries for Deaf Action (FOLDA) is a public service of Library for Deaf Action, the deaf-owned deaf cultural programming business of Alice L. Hagemeyer. FOLDA has no membership dues. FOLDA encourages the deaf community to become involved in activities of their local public library and its friends. Organizations serving the deaf wishing to keep up with library news and deaf cultural programs may register at http://imadeamericagreat.webs.com/foldaenews.htm.
Gallaudet University (GU) and Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center
President: Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz
Executive Director, Communications and Public Relations: Catherine Murphy
Address: 800 Florida Avenue, NE, Washington, DC, 20002-3695
Voice: (202) 651-5000
Toll-free Voice: (800) 995-0550
TTY: (202) 651-5000
TTY: (202) 651-5866 (videophone)
Fax: (202) 651-5508
Gallaudet University is the worldís only university in which all programs and services are specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center ensures that the diverse population of deaf and hard-of-hearing students (birth through age 21) in the nation are educated and empowered and have the linguistic competence to maximize their potential as productive and contributing members of society. The Research Institute is a leading center for research on deafness. National and international programs, including regional extension centers, conferences, sign language classes, summer programs, and international outreach, annually serve approximately 33,000 people.
Gallaudet University, Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, Public Relations and Publications
Director of Public Relations and Publications: Danielle Puzio
Information Services Coordinator: Anita Gilbert
Address: 800 Florida Avenue, NE, Washington, DC, 20002
Voice: (202) 651-5051
TTY: (202) 651-5051
Fax: (202) 651-5708
The Public Relations and Publications Office at Gallaudet Universityís (GUís) Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center provides information about diverse topics related to deaf and hard-of-hearing children and young adults from infancy to age 21. The office responds to inquiries and also collaborates with authors from within the Gallaudet community and nationwide to design, produce, and disseminate books, videotapes, periodicals, and other information related to deaf and hard-of-hearing children, their families, and the professionals who serve them. Fact sheets, brochures, and a directory are available.
President /CEO: Sharon F. Terry, M.A.
Address: 4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 404, Washington, DC, 20008-2369
Voice: (202) 966-5557
Toll-free Voice: (800) 336-GENE (4363)
Fax: (202) 966-8553
Genetic Alliance improves health through the authentic engagement of communities and individuals. The organization is committed to transforming health through genetics and promoting an environment of openness centered on the health of individuals, families, and communities. Genetic Allianceís network includes disease-specific advocacy organizations, universities, private companies, government agencies, and public policy organizations.
Goodwill Industries International, Inc.
President/CEO: Jim Gibbons
Public Information Contact: Lauren Lawson, Media Relations Manager
Address: 15810 Indianola Drive, Rockville, MD, 20855
Voice: (301) 530-6500
Toll-free Voice: (800) 741-0197
TTY: (301) 530-9759
Fax: (301) 530-1516
Goodwill Industries International, Inc., is a network of 183 community-based, independent agencies in the United States, Canada, and 14 other countries. Each organization serves people with workplace disabilities and disadvantages, including those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing or who have other communication disorders, by providing career training and employment services as well as job placement opportunities and post-employment support. To pay for its programs, Goodwill sells donated clothes and other household items in more than 2,300 retail stores, and online at www.shopgoodwill.com. A magazine and other publications are available, with some materials in Spanish.
Hands & Voices National
Executive Director: Leeanne Seaver, M.A.
Address: P.O. Box 3093, Boulder, CO, 80307
Voice: (217) 357-3647
Toll-free Voice: (866) 422-0422
Toll-free TTY: (866) 422-0422
Fax: (217) 357-3647
Hands & Voices National is a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting families and their children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing as well as the professionals who serve them. This organization is a parent-driven, parent/professional collaborative group that is unbiased toward any communication modes and methods. Its membership includes those who are deaf or hard-of hearing and their families who communicate orally or with signs, cued speech, or combined methods. Hands & Voices National exists to help children reach their highest potential. See the website for local chapters.
HEATH Resource Center at the National Youth Transitions Center (National Clearinghouse on Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities)
Address: 2134 G Street, NW , Washington, DC, 20052
The HEATH Resource Center at the National Youth Transitions Center is an online clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. Support from the HSC Foundation enables the clearinghouse to provide information exchange about educational support services, procedures, adaptations, and opportunities at American campuses, vocational-technical schools, and other postsecondary training institutions and centers.
Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
Co-directors: Anne Hirsh and Lou Orslene
Address: P.O. Box 6080, Morgantown, WV, 26506-6080
Toll-free Voice: (800) 526-7234 or (800) ADA-WORK (232-9675)
Toll-free TTY: (877) 781-9403
Fax: (304) 293-5407
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is funded by the U.S. Department of Laborís Office of Disability Employment Policy. JAN is an information and consulting service that provides users with individualized solutions for workplace accommodations. JAN also provides information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and other disability-related legislation. In addition, JAN consultants have access to a vast network of resources, organizations, support groups, government agencies, and more that can provide assistance to persons with disabilities. JAN is used primarily by employers, rehabilitation professionals, and individuals with disabilities. All services are free and confidential. Professional/consumer publications are available.
John Tracy Clinic
President: Barbara F. Hecht, Ph.D.
Address: 806 West Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90007
Voice: (213) 748-5481
Toll-free Voice: (800) 522-4582
TTY: (213) 747-2924
Fax: (213) 749-1651
The John Tracy Clinic provides free services to parents of children, ages birth to 5 years, with hearing loss. The clinic has more than 60 years of experience in early intervention and the spoken language option. Correspondence courses are available worldwide. Three-week summer sessions are offered. A masterís and credential program in teacher education is offered both onsite and online. A professional/consumer newsletter and fact sheets, brochures/ pamphlets, and online publications are available. Most materials are available in Spanish.
MAAP Services for Autism, Asperger, and PDD/NOS (MAAP Services)
MAAP Services for the Autism Spectrum (MAAP Services) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing information and advice to families of more advanced individuals with autism, Asperger syndrome, and other pervasive developmental disorders. MAAP Services provides information and referrals to parents, caregivers, and professionals who are experiencing this spectrum of challenges as well as helping the individuals themselves. The organization also provides a website; printed materials; annual conferences; public presentations; and personal contact via e-mail, phone, and written correspondence. The MAAP Services newsletter is distributed in 56 countries.
National AMBUCS, Inc.
Executive Director: Joseph Copeland
Address: P.O. Box 5127, High Point, NC, 27262
Voice: (336) 852-0052
Fax: (336) 852-6830
Internet: www.ambucs.org / www.facebook.com/NationalAMBUCS
The mission of National AMBUCS, Inc., is to create mobility and independence for people with disabilities. AMBUCS members are committed to performing valuable civic service and improving their communities. Some of our programs include home ramp building for people in wheel chairs and the funding of college scholarships for therapists. One of our most successful programs in recent years has been the distribution of the AmTrykeģ therapeutic tricycle.
National Aphasia Association (NAA)
Executive Director: Ellayne Ganzfried, M.S., CCC-SLP
Address: 350 7th Avenue, Suite 902, New York, NY, 10001
Voice: (212) 267-2814
Toll-free Voice: (800) 922-4622
Fax: (212) 267-2812
Internet: www.aphasia.org / www.aphasia.org/store
The mission of the National Aphasia Association (NAA) is to educate the public about aphasia as a disorder that impairs a personís ability to communicate without impairing a personís 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.
National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (NBASLH)
Chairperson: Arnell Brady
Public Information Contact: Diane Yenerall
Address: 800 Perry Highway, Suite 3, Pittsburgh, PA, 15229
Voice: (412) 366-1177
Fax: (412) 366-8804
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.
National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
Executive Director: James H. Wendorf
Executive Assistant: Marcia Griffith-Pauyo
Address: 381 Park Avenue South, Suite 1401, New York, NY, 10016
Voice: (212) 545-7510
Toll-free Voice: (888) 575-7373
Fax: (212) 545-9665
Internet: www.ld.org / www.GetReadytoRead.org
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) works to ensure that the nationís 15 million children, adolescents, and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work, and life. NCLD provides essential information to parents, professionals, and individuals with learning disabilities; promotes research and programs to foster effective learning; and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities. Get Ready to Read!, a program of NCLD, is a national campaign to build the early literacy skills of all preschool children.
National Center on Deafness (NCOD)
Director: Roslyn Rosen
Address: 18111 Nordhoff Street, California State University, Northridge, CA, 91330-8267
Voice: (818) 677-2611
TTY: (818) 677-2611
Fax: (818) 677-4899
The National Center on Deafness (NCOD) is housed in Jeanne M. Chisholm Hall on the campus of California State University, Northridge. Established in 1962, NCOD was the first postsecondary program in the nation to provide paid professional sign language interpreters for deaf and hard-of-hearing students as well as captioning services as requested. The program has grown to be the largest of its type in the western United States, serving approximately 200 students who are deaf and hard-of-hearing each year. NCOD also provides transition services, academic and career planning, tutorial assistance, and cocurricular events for the students. Additionally, NCOD provides outreach and training through a federal grant.
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, Washington, DC, 20004
Toll-free Voice: (800) 459-3529
Toll-free TTY: (800) 459-3529
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.
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)
Director: Elaine M. Mulligan
Address: 1825 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC, 20009
Voice: (202) 884-8200
Toll-free Voice: (800) 695-0285
TTY: (202) 884-8200
Toll-free TTY: (800) 695-0285
Fax: (202) 884-8441
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) is a national information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues to families, educators, and other professionals. With a special focus on children and young adults ages birth to 22, NICHCY answers questions in both English and Spanish. Fact sheets on specific disabilities, state resource sheets, and information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act are available. All NICHCY publications are available online at www.nichcy.org/publications.
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
Director: James F. Battey, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.
Public Information Contact: Susan Dambrauskas, Chief, Office of Health Communication and Public Liaison
Address: Office of Health Communication and Public Liaison, 31 Center Drive, MSC 2320, Bethesda, MD, 20892-2320
Voice: (301) 496-7243
Toll-free Voice: (800) 241-1044
Toll-free TTY: (800) 241-1055
Fax: (301) 402-0018
Internet: www.nidcd.nih.gov / www.noisyplanet.nidcd.nih.gov
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), one of the National Institutes of Health, supports and conducts research and research training on the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language. The NIDCD develops health information based on scientific discovery and disseminates it to the public. In October 2008, the NIDCD launched It's a Noisy Planet. Protect Their Hearing (www.noisyplanet.nidcd.nih.gov). This national campaign is designed to increase awareness among parents of youth ages 8 to 12 about the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. The NIDCD provides a toll-free telephone service through its information clearinghouse. Fact sheets, brochures, teaching curricula, and reports are available, with many in Spanish.
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) Information Clearinghouse
Project Officer: Susan Dambrauskas
Project Manager: Charlotte Ball
Address: 1 Communication Avenue, Bethesda, MD, 20892-3456
Toll-free Voice: (800) 241-1044
Toll-free TTY: (800) 241-1055
Fax: (301) 770-8977
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) Information Clearinghouse, a service of NIDCD, is a national resource center for health information on hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language for health professionals, patients, and the public.
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, Washington, DC, 20024-6122
Voice: (202) 245-7640
Fax: (202) 245-7630
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.
National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)
President/CEO: Peter L. Saltonstall
Vice President, Information Services: Mary Dunkle, Vice President for Communications
Address: P.O. Box 1968, 55 Kenosia Avenue, Danbury, CT, 06813-1968
Voice: (203) 744-0100
Toll-free Voice: (800) 999-6673
TTY: (203) 797-9590
Fax: (203) 798-2291
The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is a nonprofit voluntary health agency that serves as a clearinghouse for information on rare disorders. A rare disorder is a disease or condition that affects fewer than 200,000 Americans. Cumulatively, there are more than 6,000 rare diseases affecting more than 25 million Americans. NORD is committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare diseases through education, advocacy, research, and service programs. NORD administers medication assistance programs for certain rare-disease drugs as well as research grants and fellowships.
National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)
Project Director: Mark X. Odum
Public Information Contact: Catherine Graves, Library Information Specialist II
Address: 8201 Corporate Drive, Suite 600, Landover, MD, 20785
Voice: (301) 459-5900
Toll-free Voice: (800) 346-2742
TTY: (301) 459-5984
Fax: (301) 459-4263
The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) is a library and information center focusing on disability and rehabilitation research. NARICís collection contains more than 40,000 documents, both federally funded and commercially produced. NARICís information specialists provide quick information and referrals, customized database searches, and document delivery. Internet users can access NARICís databases, bulletins, and a live reference chat service at the NARIC website. Referral sheets, general information packets, and customized literature searches are available.
President/CEO: E. Robert Chamberlin
Public Information Contact: Barbara Van Allen, Vice President of Communications, Public Policy, and Training
Address: 8401 Old Courthouse Road, Vienna, VA, 22182
Voice: (571) 226-4660
TTY: (703) 560-6512
Fax: (703) 849-8916
NISH is a national nonprofit organization established in 1974 under the Javits-Wagner-OíDay (JWOD) Act. Its mission is to create employment opportunities for individuals with severe disabilities by securing federal contracts. A network of more than 600 nonprofit agencies affiliated with the AbilityOne program (formerly the JWOD program) employ people with blindness or severe disabilities who deliver quality services and products to federal customers nationwide. NISH provides nonprofit agencies and federal partners with the tools they need to manage contracts successfully.
Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), U.S. Dept. of Labor
Assistant Secretary: Kathy Martinez
Supervisor, Policy Communication and Outreach: Barbara Haight
Address: Suite S1303, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20210
Voice: (202) 693-7880
Toll-free Voice: (866) 633-7365
TTY: (202) 693-7881
Fax: (202) 693-7888
The Department of Laborís Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) provides national leadership by developing and influencing disability and related employment policy, as well as practices that affect the employment of people with disabilities, including communication disorders.
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, Washington, DC, 20202-2600
Voice: (202) 245-7459
Fax: (202) 245-7616
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 disabilitiesóincluding communication disordersófrom 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.
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID)
President: Brenda Walker Prudhom
Director of Communications: Tina Schultz
Address: 333 Commerce Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314
Voice: (703) 838-0030
TTY: (703) 838-0459
Fax: (703) 838-0454
The mission of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc., (RID) is to provide international, national, regional, state, and local forums with an organizational structure for the continued growth and development of the profession of interpretation and transliteration of American Sign Language and English. Holds biennial conference; contact RID for date and location. Professional journal, newsletter, directory, fact sheets, brochures, and books are available.
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, Arlington, VA, 22209-1903
Voice: (703) 524-6686
TTY: (703) 524-6639
Fax: (703) 524-6630
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.
Executive Director: Stephen Murphy
Address: 1912 East Meyer Boulevard, Kansas City, MO, 64132-1174
Voice: (816) 333-8300
Toll-free Voice: (800) 593-5646
TTY: (816) 333-8300
Fax: (816) 333-4320
Sertoma International (SERvice TO MAnkind) is a volunteer service organization of 18,000 members in 650 clubs across North America. Its primary focus is communication disorders, but its clubs also sponsor projects focusing on national heritage, youth, and other community needs. Sertoma offers scholarships for graduate study in audiology and speech pathology and for undergraduate students with hearing loss who are pursuing degrees in any field. Holds annual convention; contact Sertoma for date and location. Professional online publications are available.
Executive Director: Barb Trader
Public Information Contact: Tabitha Johnson-Graham, Membership Coordinator
Address: 1025 Vermont Avenue, 7th Floor, Washington, DC, 20005
Voice: (202) 263-5600
Fax: (202) 637-0138
TASH is an international membership association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and professionals who work in the disability field. The association promotes the full participation of people with disabilities in integrated community settings that support the same quality of life available to people without disabilities. TASH sponsors an annual conference and topical workshops; see website for details. TASH also provides information and referral resources, renders targeted advocacy, and produces a magazine and quarterly journal.
Testing, Evaluation, and Certification Unit, Inc. (TECUnit )
President: Shellie Burrow
Public Information Contact: Michael Burrow, Office Manager
Address: 1850 South Edwards Lane, Heber City, UT, 84118
Toll-free Voice: (800) 523-0964
Fax: (435) 654-3261
The Testing, Evaluation, and Certification Unit, Inc., (TECUnit) is the national certifying body for transliterators who work primarily between spoken and cued English. TECUnit administers the Cued Language Transliterator National Certification Examination and also has developed an assessment tool for use by state agencies. TECUnit also administers standardized tests designed to assess expressive and receptive cueing proficiency. Ultimately, TECUnit is responsible for establishing, maintaining, and promulgating national standards for the profession of cued language transliteration. Professional fact sheets and online publications are available.
Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center (VMBHRC)
Director: Jay Rubinstein, M.D., Ph.D.
Business Development Manager: Carolyn Higgins
Address: University of Washington, Box 357923, Seattle, WA, 98195-7923
Voice: (206) 685-2962
Voice: (206) 616-4105
Fax: (206) 616-1828
The Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center (VMBHRC) at the University of Washington conducts interdisciplinary research on hearing, hearing loss, and related communication disorders. Through its diverse programs that foster national and international collaboration between top experts in the field, the center advances the fight against deafness and disequilibrium on the fronts of protection, intervention, and regeneration. The center provides invaluable support to patients, the scientific community, and the general public.
World Federation of the Deaf (WFD)
President: Markku Jokinen
Administrative Secretary: Phillipa Sandholm
Address: P.O. Box 65, FIN-00401, Helsinki, Finland,
The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) is dedicated to promoting the human and social rights of people who are deaf. WFD advocates for their full participation in society by equalizing opportunities, strengthening the status of sign language, advancing educational opportunities for people who are deaf and promoting their access to information, and stimulating the efforts of national associations of the deaf to improve the overall situation of deaf communities in every country. For information about conferences, camps, and meetings, contact WFD. Informational materials are available.