Deaf & Hard of Hearing

The American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC) is committed to empowering diverse families with deaf* children and youth by embracing full access to language-rich environments through mentoring, advocacy, resources, and collaborative networks.

Communication Axess Ability Group (CAAG) provides nationwide sign language interpreting services and has ongoing customers across the country.

There is a wealth of transition information, resources, strategies, and events provided for parents, students, and professionals. There are many resources to help students transition from high school to work, post-secondary education, and life; however, not all are applicable or accessible to students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

On a broad, national level, DeafTEC: Technological Education Center for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students, a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education National Center of Excellence, serves as a resource for high schools and community colleges that educate deaf and hard-of-hearing students in STEM-related programs and for employers hiring deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. DeafTEC is also establishing a model within targeted regions of the country to create partnerships among high schools, community colleges, and industry to improve access to technological education and employment for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.

iCanConnect, also known as the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program, is an FCC program administered by organizations in all 50 states as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. To ask questions, learn more about the program and see if you or someone you know qualifies, look up your state contact and contact them by phone or email.

Relay Texas is a service that provides telephone access for people with speech or hearing loss who find it challenging or impossible to use a traditional telephone. There are several different types of relay services, each designed to accommodate different users’ needs and capabilities.

SVRS® empowers the Deaf community to communicate with both deaf and hearing family, friends and business contacts using Video Relay Service (VRS). This 24-hour service, paid for by the government’s Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) fund, empowers you to place and receive calls with a professional American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter via a videophone or other compatible device and a high-speed internet connection.

The DARS, Division for Rehabilitative Services, Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) works in partnership with people who are deaf or hard of hearing to eliminate societal and communication barriers to improve equal access for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. DHHS advocates for people of all ages who are deaf or hard of hearing to enable them to express their freedoms, participate in society to their individual potential, and reduce their isolation regardless of location, socioeconomic status, or degree of disability.

Texas Hands & Voices (TX H&V) offers support, information and resources in an unbiased manner to families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Texas School for the Deaf is a place where students who are deaf or hard of hearing, including those with additional disabilities, have the opportunity to learn, grow, and belong in a culture that optimizes individual potential and provides accessible language and communication across the curriculum.