Useful Websites

Here are websites that provide information on hearing loss.  Nationally the www.hearingloss.org  website posts the latest research, legal action, and congressional activity, e.g., hearing aid tax credit, looped taxis, HA compatible phones, 911 access, caption quality, Cochlear implant survey.  This website
has extensive lists of resources, effective and accurate videos, and consumer hearing aid/cochlear implant information, financial support, and checklists.  You can get an advocacy email from them.  Their bimonthly magazine sent for a membership fee of $35 provides more depth and stories. 

The state www.hlaa-pa.org provides lists of state HLAA chapters and events and you can sign up for a quarterly e-newsletter.  The www.listeningandspokenlanguage.org site sponsored by Alexander Graham Bell has videos and steps for parents and students to learn self-advocacy and the ADA.  www.nidcd.nih.gov (National Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders) is an up to date place to get info, statistics, and free fact sheets.  The Americans with Disabilities Act signed on July 26, 1990 and amended September 25, 2008 is described at www.ada.gov  , specifics for people with hearing loss are found by selecting effective communication.

For PA emails from www.paddc.org called PIE (Policy Information Exchange) provides timely state legislative and legal information.  The www.drnpa.org disability rights network is federally mandated to advance and protect civil rights of adults and children with disabilities and emails from there are critical
and timely.  www.healthbridges.info focuses on health including mental health for deaf, deaf blind and hard of hearing people; and it has an email service.

The  https://askjan.org/  (Job Accommodation Network) is renown for assistive technological details related to employment and https://tap.gallaudet.edu  has extensive technology and demographic information.  www.pepnet.org focuses on higher education help for students with hearing loss or
deafness but the information can help anyone.   For assistance dogs (hearing dogs) you can go to www.assistancedogsinternational.org for programs, training standards, and legal information.  The national court reporter association at www.ncra.org gives you descriptions and certified CART
(communication access real time translation) providers.

Two websites for PA are difficult to find so keep this close to your computer. www.dli.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/office_for_the_deaf___hard_of_hearing/10371 , under the state Office for Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), includes interpreters, resources, events, and a hearing aid/assistive listening guide book.  At http://disabilities.temple.edu/programs/assistive/tddp/you can find details on the free captioned phone program (currently at Temple University Institute on Disabilities).  The captioned telephone relay or traditional relay services information is at this website, select PA as your state:  http://www.hamiltonrelay.com/state_711_relay/state.html  Finally hearing loops are described at www.hearingloop.org and go to www.audiology.org and click on find an audiologist.  Hope these items are helpful and keep you informed.

From Teresa Nellans,  Pittsburgh Chapter President.