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Deaf, hard of hearing, and American Sign Language (ASL) resources

Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf (MSAD)

Metro Deaf School (MDS)

Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens (MADC)

Minnesota Registry of ASL Interpreters for the Deaf (MRID)

Minnesota Commission of the Deaf/DeafBlind/Hard of Hearing

Minnesota Deaf Blind Association (MDBA)

Minnesota Department of Education for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

National Association of the Deaf

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), founded in 1880, safeguards the civil rights of deaf and heard of hearing Americans. As a national federation of state associations, and organizational and corporate affiliates, the advocacy work of the NAD encompasses a broad spectrum of areas including, but not limited to, accessibility, education, employment, healthcare, mental health, rehabilitation, technology, telecommunications, and transportation.

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), a non-profit organization, is the only national association dedicated to the professional development of interpreters and transliterators. The association encourages the growth of the profession, educates the public about the vital role of interpreters and transliterators, and works to ensure equal opportunity and access for all individuals.

Gallaudet University

Gallaudet University is the world's only four-year liberal arts university for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Established in 1864 by an act of Congress, Gallaudet offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and numerous continuing education and summer courses. The university disseminates information through such units as the Gallaudet Bookstore, Gallaudet University Press, Gallaudet Research Institute and the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center's Planning, Development and Dissemination office.

Gallaudet University Alumni Association (GUAA)

The GUAA represents more than 18,000 alumni of Gallaudet University who live across the United States and around the world. Currently, there are more than 7,000 life members and 52 chapters in the U.S., in Japan, and Canada. The association is governed by a board of directors who are elected by alumni life members of the GUAA. The association strives to keep the alumni informed of university and alumni news through Gallaudet Today, the university's magazine and newsletter, and by way of the Internet. The association, along with the university's office of alumni relations, is headquartered in the Peikoff Alumni House ("Ole Jim").

National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC)

ASDC is a non-profit parent-helping-parent organization promoting a positive attitude toward signing and Deaf culture. It also provides support, encouragement, and current information about deafness to families with deaf and hard of hearing children. Their publication is The Endeavor.

American Association of the DeafBlind

AADB is a national consumer organization of, by, and for deaf-blind Americans and their supporters. "Deaf-blind" includes all types and degrees of dual vision and hearing loss. Their membership consists of deaf-blind people from diverse backgrounds, as well as family members, professionals, interpreters, and other interested supporters.

International Committee of Sports for the Deaf

This committee supports the summer and winter Deaflympics. The International Olympic Committee, IOC, sanctions the summer and winter Deaflympics. Deaf athletes are distinguished from others in their special communication needs on the sports field, as well as in the social interaction that is an equally vital part of the games.

The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center

The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center is a federally funded program on the campus of Gallaudet University that provides information, training, and technical assistance for parents and professionals to meet the needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Their mission is to improve the quality of education afforded to deaf and hard of hearing students from birth to age 21 throughout the United States. The Clerc Center also maintains two demonstration schools, Kendall Demonstration Elementary School and the Model Secondary School for the Deaf

National Alliance of Black Interpreters, Inc.

The mission of NAOBI is to promote excellence and empowerment of African Americans/Blacks in the profession of sign language interpreting in the context of a multi-cultural, multi-lingual environment. NAOBI is the only national organization that supports sign language interpreters from the African diaspora, and whose goal is to increase the talent pool of skilled African American/ Black Interpreters nationwide.

USA Deaf Sports Federation

As governing body for all deaf sports and recreation in the United States, this federation sponsors U.S. teams to the World Games for the Deaf and other regional, national, and international competitions.

World Recreation Association of the Deaf, Inc.

This association was established to foster the development of innovation in recreational and cultural activities for the deaf and hard of hearing community.

Beginnings for Parents of Children who are Deaf or Hard Hearing, Inc.

This non-profit organization provides emotional support and access to information as a central resource for families with deaf or hard of hearing children, and provides an impartial approach to meeting the diverse needs of these families and the professionals who serve them. These services are also available to deaf parents who have hearing children. The mission of Beginnings is to help parents be informed, empowered and supported as they make decisions about their child. In addition, Beginnings is committed to providing technical assistance to professionals who work with these families to help the children achieve full participation in society.

Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf, Inc. (CEASD)

This organization focuses on improvements in the education of deaf and hard of hearing people through research, personnel development, advocacy, and training.

Council of American Instructors of the Deaf (CAID)

This is an organization that promotes professional development, communication, and information among educators of deaf and hard of hearing individuals and other interested people.

Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2)

VL2 stands for Visual Language, Visual Learning. It is funded by the National Science Foundation and has a wealth of information about how the brain learns and functions when using a visual language. You can find information on the VL2, Gallaudet Website. First, there are research briefs supporting the importance of gesture, fingerspelling, bilingualism, and a visual language for the development of the brain, including the benefit of all of this for learning to read. The website also offers many resources including storybook apps that are in both ASL and English. There is also a parent toolkit on the VL2 Family Information Center website that shares stories, answers questions, and offers many different resources.

Information about facilitating visual language