Resources & Links - Autism
Autism Society of America (ASA)
ASA, is a grassroots autism organization, existing to improve the lives of all affected by autism by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.
Louisiana State Autism Chapter (LSAC)
The Louisiana Autism Chapter (LSAC) is a coalition of local chapters throughout our state providing a network of families who offer support and experience.
Resources & Links - Deaf/Hard of Hearing
National Association of the Deaf (NAD) The mission of the National Association of the Deaf is to preserve, protect and promote the civil, human and linguistic rights of all deaf Americans. The National Association of the Deaf was established in 1880 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The NAD has a long history of defending the rights of deaf and hard of hearing people. Throughout the history of the NAD, new challenges always rise and breakthroughs and achievements have created a better life for deaf and hard of hearing people.
A.G. Bell Association The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 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 in mainstream society. With chapters located in the United States and a network of international affiliates, AG Bell supports its mission: Advocating Independence through Listening and Talking!
PREPIT Professional Rural Education Program PREPIT is designed for teachers serving deaf and hard of hearing students in rural areas. The site offers suggestions for developing the language and reading skills of deaf, hard of hearing, and English limited proficient students.
Deafed.net The purpose of the deafed.net web site is too enhance the preparation of new teachers, to support the ongoing professional development of existing teachers, to expand the array of learning resources and opportunities that are available to deaf/hard-of-hearing (d/hh) students and to increase collaborative activities between all those individuals involved in the education of d/hh students. This site is a result of two projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education's PT3 initiative. These grants, awarded to the Association of College Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, are referred to as Join Together and Catalyst Projects.
The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education (JDSDE) Author's Corner Wikispace Each year a worldwide community of scholars publishes hundreds of pages of research concerning topics of critical importance to parents of children who are deaf/hard of hearing (d/hh) and the professionals who work with them. Unfortunately, many of us lack the time or resources required to find, read, understand and discuss this research. As a result, “what we know,” rarely informs, “what we do” and “what we do” is rarely researched. Consequently, the performance of children who are d/hh continues to lag significantly behind both their own potential and the performance of their hearing peers. We are presenting YOU with a possible strategy to address this problem. It is a strategy that will cost you nothing and is available from any Internet access point in the world.
National Literary Society of the Deaf (NLSD) The NLSD promotes deaf culture, books, and literacy through programs and exhibits at libraries.
Hands and Voices Hands & Voices is a nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families and their children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as the professionals who serve them. Hands and Voices is a parent-driven, parent/professional collaborative group that is unbiased towards communication modes and methods. Their diverse membership includes those who are deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing impaired and their families who communicate orally, with signs, cue, and/or combined methods. They exist to help our children reach their highest potential.
American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC) The American society for Deaf Children supports and educates families of deaf and hard of hearing children and advocates for high quality programs and services.
Rochester Institute of Technology Resources list This is a listing of websites pertaining to a large variety of issues affecting deaf and hard of hearing children their parents and deaf and hard of hearing adults.
Resources & Links - Deaf/Blind
Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) Authorized by an Act of Congress in 1967, the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC) is a national rehabilitation program serving youth and adults who are deaf-blind.
National Consortium on Deaf Blindness (NCDB) The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) is a national technical assistance and dissemination center for children and youth (from birth to age 26) who are deaf-blind. NCDB works collaboratively with families, federal, state and local agencies to promote academic achievement and results through technical assistance, model demonstration, and information dissemination activities that are supported by evidence-based practices and to assist in addressing state-identified needs for highly qualified personnel who have the necessary skills and knowledge to serve children and youth who are deaf-blind.
Resources & Links - Significant Disabilities
TASH TASH is an international membership association leading the way to inclusive communities through research, education, and advocacy. TASH members are people with disabilities, family members, fellow citizens, advocates, and professionals working together to create change and build capacity so that all people, no matter their perceived level of disability, are included in all aspects of society.
Resources & Links - Visual Impairment & Blindness
Lighthouse The Lighthouse for the Blind serves people in the region who are blind or visually impaired by providing job training, competitive employment, and services.
Louisiana Rehabilitation Services: Blind Services Blind Services is a section of Louisiana Rehabilitation Services’ Vocational Rehabilitation Program and provides services to eligible individuals who are blind or visually impaired. The Randolph-Sheppard Business Enterprise Program and the Older Blind/Visually Impaired Program are parts of Blind Services.