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Postsecondary Education Programs Network is a consortium of regional centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education to assist postsecondary institutions across the nation to attract and effectively serve individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. This website includes information about products and other resource materials that are available free or at a very low cost.

Gates to Adventure -
Online Transition Training for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
The goal of the training is to enhance students' understanding of skills needed for successful transition from secondary to postsecondary education and training. Developed by PEPNet.

Orientation to Serving College Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
This online training program is designed for education professionals who are serving students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The instructional goal of the project is to provide a basic understanding of hearing loss and its implications for communication and learning in a secondary or postsecondary setting. Developed by PEPNet.

College and Career Programs for Deaf Students
This publication provides information based on a survey of postsecondary program serving deaf and hard of hearing students in North America. Developed by Gallaudet University and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

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.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Internet Resources - NTID
This website includes internet links to a wide variety of resources and services.

Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Postsecondary Education (2000) - HEATH
This entirely revised and updated resource paper explores the numerous postsecondary educational and training opportunities available to students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The paper suggests strategies to help students identify the types of programs and services best suited to their needs and to make them better self-advocates. The paper also identifies the varied aspects and degrees of hearing impairment while discussing their impact on communication and their implications for reasonable and effective accommodation in the classroom. The broad array of communication methods employed by individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing are also identified.

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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