Deaf/Hard of Hearing

  • About Deafness addresses numerous issues surrounding deafness. It provides links to Infant Hearing, Communication, Cochlear Implants, Deaf Studies, and Parenting among others
  • Alexander Graham Bell Association for 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.
  • American Society for Deaf Children provides support to families raising children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Includes highlights of the latest legal developments concerning the ADA, educational issues, etc.
  • ASL University will take you through free lessons in American Sign Language and a video of a person signing specific words.
  • **Assistance Dog Special Allowance Program/California Department of Social Services provides a monthly payment to eligible persons who use a service dog to help them. The allowance is to help pay the cost of food, grooming and health care for the dog.
  • Beginnings provides information for families with children ages birth through 21 who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • **California Department of Education provides technical assistance and monitoring of local educational agency (LEA) operated programs serving deaf and hard of hearing pupils.
  • California Hand and Voices is a parent driven, non-profit organization dedicated to providing unbiased support to families with children who are deaf and hard of hearing.
  • California Telephone Access Program (CTAP) distributes telecommunications equipment and services to individuals having difficulty using the telephone due to a hearing impairment
  • **Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers Parent’s Guide to Hearing Loss in English and Spanish.
  • Cochlear Americas provides information on the latest technology for individuals with hearing loss, including cochlear implants.  Families can join Cochlear Community and be connected to someone in their local community.
  • Communicate with Your Child provides information about what to do when your baby fails the hearing test or if you are worried about their hearing. Brochures are available in multiple languages.
  • The Dayle McIntosh Center provides assistance to deaf persons including sign language interpreter, medical emergency interpreter, independent living services and advocacy.
  • Deaf Counseling, Advocacy and Referral Agency (DCARA) is a non-profit agency that provides services for all ages for the deaf and hard of hearing community.
  • Described and Captioned Media Program promotes equal accessible to media; provides a large collection of free-loan captioned media.
  • Dogs for Better Lives provides animals which are chosen from adoption shelters to provide services to persons who are deaf. 
  • Ear Community provides a supportive community for individual who were born with Microtia and Atresia, Hemifacial Microsomia, Treacher Collins Syndrome and Goldenhar Syndrome, including varying degress of hearing loss.
  • Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness (GLAD) is a nonprofit agency for teaching deaf individuals independent living skills as well as an advocacy center for the rights of the deaf.  The agency also provides interpreting services.
  • Help America Hear provides hearing aids for men, women and children with limited financial resources.
  • HearAid Foundation provides free hearing aids and devices for those who qualify.
  • Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment Fund, Inc. (HIKE) provides hearing devices for children from birth through 20 years.
  • Hearing Loss Association of America provides information about both private and government financing for hearing devices.  
  • **Hearing Loss in Children provided by Centers for Disease Control offers basic information, treatments as well as recent research data.
  • Hear to Learn offers materials for parents and professionals in English and Spanish to advance the understanding of spoken language. Also provides a place for parents to connect, ask an expert and access webinars
  • International Hearing Dog, Inc. has trained more than 1,000 hearing dogs for persons within the United States.
  • John Tracy Clinic provides education programs for children (age birth through 5) who are deaf and hard of hearing and reside in Southern California. Services include: comprehensive pediatric audiological testing; speech and language training; parent classes and support groups and counseling and evaluation that emphasize early diagnosis and intervention.
  • Lions Clubs International provides support and assistance to low-income deaf and hard of hearing persons for the purchase of hearing aids, assists deaf youth in recreational programs and performs hearing screenings.
  • Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation provides hearing services for those people who would benefit from hearing aids and who meet the financial guidelines.
  • Miracle-Ear Children’s Foundation provides free hearing aids and services to children from low-income families.
  • My Baby’s Hearing provides parents with information (English & Spanish) regarding hearing screenings and walks them through the process if their child has a diagnosed hearing loss.
  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders provides information for parents, including an unbiased look at communication options.
  • **Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center provides education, tools, and resources to those with a hearing disability.
  • Parent Links provides parent-to-parent support in both English and Spanish to families of children with hearing loss.
  • Providence Speech and Hearing Center has several facilities throughout Orange County where a variety of speech and hearing services for children as well as adults are available.
  • Sertoma provides education and support to those impacted by hearing loss.  They provide 2 scholarships for high school and undergraduate students.
  • The S.E.E. (Signing Exact English) Center works with parents and educators of hearing impaired children.
  • Sign It is an innovative new online curriculum for learning American Sign Language (ASL). Parents of children birth – 36 months can enroll for free.
  • Sign Language Classes are offered free at Taft School in Santa Ana for beginners, intermediates, siblings (age 5 – 11) and Spanish-speakers.  Check their calendar for days and times.
  • Sign Language for Parents is a video produced by Taft Elementary School teaching basic signs.
  • So the World May Hear offered by Starkey Hearing Foundation to assist deaf and hard of hearing persons with limited financial resources who permanently reside within the United States.
  • ** Spanish D/HH Resources  – Deaf Latinos Organization
  • TPA Scholarship For The Deaf and Near Deaf (Travelers Protective Association) provides financial assistance to individuals of all ages who suffer deafness or hearing impairment.
  • Unilaterial hearing Loss occurs in 1 out of every 5 babies; this is addressed by Success for Kids with Hearing Loss.
  • Unilateral Hearing Loss is discussed by Supporting Success for Children with Learning Loss.