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A Journey Into the Deaf World

Three scholars of Deaf culture offer insights into the U.S. Deaf community among people who use American Sign Language.



Affordable hearing aids run on solar energy

The Solar Ear company helped bring affordable hearing aids to more than 60 countries. The aids cost $100 US dollars and use solar energy.



All Children Benefit from Sign Language, Deaf or Hearing

According to research, all children benefit from sign language. Babies who are deaf or hard of hearing benefit. And so do hearing babies.



App for Learning South African Sign Language

A new, free online app for learning South African Sign Language called FingerTalk launched in 2015 with a dictionary and interactive quizzes.



Argentinean Sign Language Video Books

Deaf Argentine children learn to read through Argentinean Sign Language video books, with similar opportunities in Paraguay and Uruguay.



ASL Literature for Children

Find videos with ASL literature for children, including songs and rhymes, stories, and poetry in American Sign Language.



Assistive technologies for deaf-blind children

Provides publications, website links, PowerPoint slides, and other resources on assistive technologies for deaf-blind children.



Basic Information About Deafness

Learn basic information about deafness and hearing loss. For people new to deafness, including parents, teachers, and other professionals.



Basic Information on Cochlear Implants

Many websites offer basic information on cochlear implants. Some are for families, others are for deaf adults. Browse these web links.



Basic information on hearing loss

Explains basic information on hearing loss and why some of the ideas you might have about hearing loss may be wrong.



Basic introduction to Deaf culture

A basic introduction to what makes Deaf culture a culture. Primarily focuses on U.S. Deaf community for students of American Sign Language.



Celebrate Deaf People: In history and today

Learn about and celebrate deaf people and their achievements, both throughout history and also today. Focuses on Americans.



Cochlear Implant Experience: What happens after turning it on?

A deaf audiology student process of turning on a cochlear implant for the first time. She also shares her own cochlear implant experience.



Communication access and an education

First, their parents fought for their communication access and an education. A generation later, a Deaf man and his wife have the same fight.



Deaf Australians in Different Jobs

Watch these two videos to see many deaf Australians in different jobs. For example, they include a dental nurse, a teacher, a chef and more.



Deaf Awareness for Canadian Media

In Canada, the government helps raise awareness about people with disabilities, including raising deaf awareness for Canadian media.



Deaf children and language deprivation: Common everywhere

Many deaf children experience language deprivation. Article summarizes the situation around the world, but with an emphasis on the U.S.



Deaf children need Deaf adults

The author argues that the most important thing is that Deaf children need Deaf adults as role models and as professionals working with them.



Deaf children need early visual language

The author explains why deaf children need early visual language and recommends using both signed and spoken language.



Deaf children need sign language, with or without cochlear implants

Author explains research on sign language for deaf children. Says all deaf children need sign language, with or without cochlear implants.



Deaf children relate to deaf character in El Deafo.

Deaf children feel a connection with the deaf character in El Deafo. The novel is an autobiography by deaf author Cece Bell.



Deaf student interactions with hearing students

A review of 21 studies found that students experience challenges during deaf student interactions with hearing students.



Deaf Students’ Opinions on Inclusive Education

Deaf students’ opinions on inclusive education in Northern Ireland and Sweden reveal that they are happier when schools use sign language.



Deaf Ugandans Learning Sign Language

In 2014, the TV show Unreported World produced a special episode about deaf Ugandans learning sign language for the first time.



Deaf Unit in Egypt: Deaf primary school students & families

The Deaf Unit in Cairo, Egypt teaches deaf primary school students. They also teache sign language to parents, families, and communities.



Deaf Women in U.S. History

Author Lydia Callis explains why people should celebrate Deaf women in U.S. history. She provides examples of how Deaf women impact history.



Disability and Deaf Role Models

These posters explains the history of 45 people with disabilities, including deaf role models, who achieved something important.



Education Options for Deaf Children

Explains for parents in the United States what education options for deaf children are available. Has some relevance for other countries too.



Fact Sheet on Deafness by World Health Organization (WHO)

What is deafness? What causes it? How does it impact people? What can help? This fact sheet on deafness from WHO addresses these questions.



Families and deaf children: Transforming lives and communities

Parents and families of deaf children can transform lives and communities. This manual explains how to help them do that, with case studies.



Family-centered education: Two families, two stories

Family-centered education helped two families in New Mexico, USA, support the education of their Deaf children.



Finding deaf characters in children’s literature

These resources can help people with finding deaf characters in children’s literature. The books are for readers aged 8 to 18.



Finding Local Deaf Organizations

Learn advice for finding local Deaf organizations in the country you want by starting at the top with international organizations.



For Parents of Deaf Children

The website, Raising Deaf Kids, is for parents of deaf children. Learn how to communicate with your child and how they will grow.



Four Deaf Entertainers: Documentary, “See What I’m Saying”

Learn about a documentary on four deaf entertainers in the United States and their attempts to break into mainstream entertainment.



Good Education through Sign Language

This 5-minute video from Human Rights Watch explains that educators for Deaf students can achieve a good education through sign language.



Guidance for Policy Makers on Disability-Inclusive ICT in Education

This manual provides guidance for policy makers on developing policy that will help ensure disability-inclusive ICT in education.



Guides on Classroom Interpreting for Deaf Students

Six guides on classroom interpreting for deaf students can guide interpreters, administrators, and others in helping them access language.



Hearing aids are not perfect

Explains why hearing aids are not perfect. They help some people some of the time, but hearing aids also are limited.



How one library provides services to people with disabilities

Explains how one library in the United States provides services to people with disabilities with examples of technology that can help.



How pediatricians can advise parents of deaf babies

When a child is born deaf, decisions can be overwhelming. The authors give guidance on how pediatricians can advise parents of deaf babies.



Important for deaf children to learn sign language

Watch teachers and parents explain why they believe it is important for deaf children to learn sign language. Vea a los maestros y padres explicar por qué creen que es importante que los niños sordos aprendan el Lengua de Señas.



Including Deaf Children in Early Childhood Education

Review the research on including Deaf children in early childhood education programs and the recommendations for program administrators.



Information on Deafness for Parents

Provides information on deafness for parents, including how to raise Deaf children who are young, or school aged, or almost adults.



Kenyan Deaf Professionals

Watch a series of interviews with Kenyan deaf professionals. These include a school teacher, a university professor, a dancer, and many more.



Learning sign language together

Families in Austria are learning sign language together. Bilingual teachers play games and songs in German and Austrian Sign Language.



Legal Right to Language

The authors argue that state constitutions should protect a legal right to language for deaf children. Analyzes U.S. and international law.



Library of Resources for Deaf-Blind Children

This digital library of resources for deaf-blind children provides an extensive collection helpful for teachers, parents, and others.



Opinion on Inclusive Education

Several authors in the 1990s wrote a series of opinion pieces that oppose placing all Deaf students in an “inclusive education” environment.



Organization for bilingual early childhood education

This organization is for professionals who develop, manage, and coordinate bilingual early childhood programs using ASL and English.



Parents should learn sign language, says Canadian mother

A mother of a deaf girl in Canada believes other parents should learn sign language, too. She believes her whole family is happier with sign.



Raising deaf children in Chile: The experiences of parents

Watch as parents share their experiences raising deaf children in Chile. In Spanish and Chilean Sign Language with Spanish captions.



Resources on Assistive Technology

This listing of resources on assistive technology for children with disabilities is a good starting point for finding many materials.



Showcase: GNAD

Sarah visited Ghana last year & worked with GNAD Youth. Watch the video to learn more!



Sign Language for Everyone

In Kenya, sign language is no longer just for Deaf children. They are trying sign language for everyone in 470 schools across the country.



Sign language for parents in Netherlands and Canada

A program helps with sign language training for parents in the Netherlands and Canada. Parents learn via video interaction and home visits.



Sign language for Sam: The end of isolation

Sign language for Sam ended his isolation and his severe language deprivation. A cochlear implant alone was not enough.



Sign language in an early childhood education program

Watch teachers using sign language in an early childhood education program with young deaf and hard of hearing children. Observe a los maestros que usan Lengua de Señas en un programa de educación infantil con niños pequeños sordos



Social Skill Development for Deaf Children in Mainstream School

The author of this article says a Deaf child in a mainstream school has more difficulty with social skill development and self confidence.



Story of Asif, a young Deaf man in Pakistan

Watch the story of Asif, a young Deaf man in Pakistan. Asif and his father explain how attending school and driving a rickshaw help Asif.



Support for parents of deaf children: GPODHH position paper

What kind of support is best for parents of deaf children? How does interacting with other parents benefit them? Position paper.



Teaching sign language in Gaza

A project is teaching sign language to hearing children in Gaza. As a result, deaf children can more easily integrate with their peers.



Teaching speech to deaf children in Kenya

A pilot study tested techniques for teaching speech to deaf children in Kenya. Researchers trained teachers and parents at four schools.



Vietnamese Deaf Children Learn through Sign Language

This article describes a project in which Vietnamese Deaf children learn through sign language. Parents and teachers learn sign language.



Watch children aged 3 to 5 use American Sign Language

Watch children aged 3 to 5 use American Sign Language with adults at home and with other Deaf children in preschool.



What School is Best for Your Child?

What school is best for your child?  There are different kinds of schools where Deaf and hard of hearing children can go.