Directory of Organizations
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!
AG Bell Update
The Volta Review
Type: professional journal
The Volta Review
Type: professional journal
Hearing Loss Association of America
Executive Director: Brenda Battat, M.A.
Address: 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200, Bethesda, MD, 20814
Voice: (301) 657-2248
TTY: (301) 657-2249
Fax: (301) 913-9413
The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss through education, information, support, and advocacy. HLAA provides assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families to learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss. HLAA is working to eradicate the stigma associated with hearing loss and raise public awareness about the need for prevention and the importance of regular hearing screenings throughout life. Its national support network includes an office in the District of Columbia area, 14 state organizations, and 200 local chapters. HLAA also holds annual conventions for people with hearing loss and professionals; see website for details.
Hearing Loss Magazine
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 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.
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.