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ASL as a Foreign Language

Maintained by Dr. Sherman Wilcox, University of New Mexico.

Captioned Media Program
The mission of the Captioned Media Program (CMP) is to provide all persons who are deaf or hard of hearing awareness of and equal access to communication and learning through the use of captioned educational media and supportive collateral materials. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, administered by the National Association of the Deaf.

Preparing Postsecondary Professionals 

This federally-funded project gives postsecondary faculty the basics and valuable insight about the occasional deaf/hard of hearing student in class. Information is presented in the form of challenges and strategies, streaming video clips, and up-to-date resources.

Students Toward Empowerment Project
This federally-funded project is designed for college students who are deaf/hard of hearing. Students will discover a multitude of academic-related resources, tips, testimonials and the truth about the ADA.

Meeting the Educational Needs of Underserved Students - MENUS
This federally-funded project was developed for teachers in K-12 settings who work with students who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Consumer and Professional Organizations

Speech-to-Text Services Network - STSN
Technology has created a variety of ways to convert spoken language into words on a computer or projection screen, as the words are spoken. These include the traditional court reporter verbatim stenography systems; more recent, non-verbatim meaning-based systems; and even more recent, automatic speech recognition systems. There is a growing use of these "speech-to-text" technologies to provide communication access in classes and meetings for people who cannot hear, or otherwise cannot directly perceive spoken language. These include CaptionMic?, CART, C-Print?, RapidText?, TypeWell? and others. The mission of this Speech-to-Text Services Network (STSN) is to provide information and support to service providers, administrators, and consumers about this growing area of support services; and to foster excellence of service.

Communication Access Information Center
The primary purpose of the Communication Access Information Center is to provide information of use to people employing or in need of Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART), also known as realtime captioning. The site is sponsored by the National Court Reporters Foundation and supported by the National Court Reporters Association's CART Task Force.

National Association of the Deaf - NAD
The National Association of the Deaf is the oldest and largest constituency organization safeguarding the accessibility and civil rights of 28 million deaf and hard of hearing Americans in education, employment, health care, and telecommunications. Programs and activities include grassroots advocacy and empowerment, captioned media, certification of American Sign Language professionals; certification of sign language interpreters; deafness-related information and publications, legal assistance, policy development and research, public awareness, and youth leadership development.

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf - RID
The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc., (RID) is a national membership organization of professionals who provide sign language interpreting/transliterating services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons. RID advocates for the increased quality, qualifications, and quantity of interpreters through professional certification, ongoing professional development, and promoting ethical practices among interpreters.

Hearing Loss Association of America
Formerly: Self Help for Hard of Hearing People - SHHH
The mission of SHHH is to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support and advocacy.

Association of Late-Deafened Adults - ALDA
The Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA) is committed to support, educate, and advocate on behalf of people who grew up with intact hearing and became deaf as adults. Late-deafened adults can no longer understand speech without visual clues or rely on their hearing as a means of receptive communication. Instead, they must depend on assistive devices and alternate modes of communication, speech reading, sign language, and/or text reading.

Cochlear Implant Association - CIAI
This is a non-profit organization for cochlear implant recipients, their families, professionals, and other individuals interested in cochlear implants. The Association provides support and information and access to local support groups for adults and children who have cochlear implants, or who are interested in learning about cochlear implants.

National Cued Speech Association
Cued Speech is a sound-based visual communication system which, in English, uses eight handshapes in four different locations ("cues") in combination with the natural mouth movements of speech, to make all the sounds of spoken language look different.

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