General Information Resources

Resources found in the General Information section of this website provide strategies, tips, and data applicable to all individuals who work with deaf or hard of hearing children.  These resources are from both state and national organizations who are committed to advancing the literacy rates of deaf and hard of hearing children.


Alexander Graham Bell Association:  A national organization that helps families and healthcare and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early intervention and to allow children to listen, talk, and thrive in mainstream society.

American Academy of Audiology: A professional association for audiologists that provides professional development, education, research, and increased public awareness of hearing and balance disorders.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is a professional, scientific, and credentialing association for members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists.

Beginnings of North Carolina: Provides parents of D/HH children with information on early intervention, communication options, audiology, assistive technology, legislation, and school issues.  Information is accessible in both English and Spanish.

Beginnings of North Carolina - General Tips for Teachers: Provides general tips for teachers with Hearing Impaired children in their classrooms.

Beginnings of North Carolina - IDEA 2004: Provides an overview of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Beginnings of North Carolina - IEPs: Beginnings of North Carolina is a non-profit organization in North Carolina that caters to the needs of families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing and the professionals who assist them.  This Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs) site explains what they are and the information IEPs should contain.

Beginnings of North Carolina - Preparing for the IEP: Provides information reminds parents of the importance of being involved in their child’s education and provides tips on how parents should prepare for the IEP meeting.

Beginnings of North Carolina - Professionals: Explains the different professionals (e.g., pediatrician, audiologist, otorhinolaryngologist, service coordinator, speech and language pathologist, and the teacher for the deaf for hard of hearing) who play a part in the management of a child’s hearing loss.

Beginnings of North Carolina -Rehabilitation Act Section 504: Provides information on Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Beginnings of North Carolina - Resources on Legislation: Provides a list of resources on the current legislation regarding hearing loss and disabilities.

Beginnings of North Carolina - 2004 Reauthorization of IDEA: Provides information on the impact the 2004 Reauthorization of IDEA that on deaf and hard of hearing students.

Born Learning - Ages & Stages: Born Learning, a collaboration between United Way of America, the Ad Council, Civitas, and Families and Work Institute, is a public engagement campaign that helps parents, caregivers, and communities create quality early learning opportunities.   The Ages & States portion of the site provides highlights of a child’s development at different ages, including a child’s health, growth and development, different nurturing aspects, and safety.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Hearing Loss in Children:  Provides information on hearing loss in children, screening and diagnosis, types of hearing loss, treatment and intervention services, and recommendations and guidelines for persons throughout the United States.

Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf: An association of schools and educational programs involved with educating D/HH students. The site provides links to position papers related to impact of IDEA and NCLB on students who are D/HH.

Council for Exceptional Children: An international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.

Deaf Child's Bill of Rights:  A link to §20-2-152.1 in the Georgia Legislative Code that describes what school systems must consider when deciding how to meet the communication needs of students with hearing loss.

Deaf Child's Bill of Rights Sample Worksheet:  Sample worksheet for addressing communication needs as mandated by Georgia law when developing IEPs for students who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children - Federal Support for Developing Language and Literacy:  A 2011 report produced by the United State Government Accountability Office to better understand how federal programs support deaf and hard of hearing children.  The report examines the extent of hearing loss among children, settings in which these children are educated, factors that help deaf and hard of hearing children acquire language and literacy skills, and challenges to providing appropriate interventions for these children.

Double Jeopardy:  A report produced by The Annie E. Casey Foundation that provides findings from a study of how third-grade reading skills and poverty influence high school graduation rates around the United States. 

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund: Provides information about and multiple links relating to IDEA, ADA, and Section 504.

Educational Audiology Association: Provides information on the roles and responsibilities of educational audiologists. Documents include Recommended Professional Practices, Minimum Competencies, Educational Audiologists and Cochlear Implants, Early Detection and Intervention, Guidelines for Support Personnel, Advocacy Series, and “16 Reasons Why Your School Needs an Educational Audiologist.”

First Years: First Years is a professional distance education program housed at the University of North Carolina.  This program offers a certificate in Auditory Learning for Young Children with Hearing Loss.

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities:  The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities is a federally funded, independent state agency that serves as a leading catalyst for systems change for individuals and families living with developmental disabilities. Through public policy initiatives, advocacy programs and community building, GCDD promotes and creates opportunities to enable persons with disabilities to live, work, play and worship as an integral part of society.

Georgia Department of Education - Special Education Services: The GaDOE Division of Special Education Services and Support details programs and services supporting local school districts in providing special education and related services to students with disabilities.  The site provides a number of resources, links to related resources, and guidelines on implementing special education.

Georgia D/HH Rules and Regulations: Provides definitions for a deaf or hard of hearing child along with the required reports that need to be included in the child’s overall eligibility report, including the audiological, ontological, and educational evaluation reports.

Georgia Department of Public Health - Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention: This website is for Georgia’s Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention (EHDI) program. The site contains a link to a downloadable resource guide in both English and Spanish.

Georgia Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) Information - NCHAM: Provides information on the Georgia EHDI, including links to Georgia grants, guidelines, and the legislation.  The site State’s Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention site and also provides information on the EHDI program for parents.

Georgia State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology: Provides licensing board and regulations for the practice of audiology and speech-language pathology.

Hands & Voices - The Colorado Resource Guide: This is a resource guide for the deaf and hard of hearing provided by Hands & Voices.  While the guide is tailored to residents of Colorado, it contains a lot of valuable information applicable to anyone.

Hands & Voices - Resources about D/HH Issues: Provides a variety of links to resources about deaf and hard of hearing issues. The resources include many different organizations, deafness and hard of hearing Web sites, articles on deafness issues, and advocacy/legal websites.

Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University:  Provides information and resources related to the development and education of deaf and hard of hearing children.  Includes Info to Go, Training and Technical Assistance, National Outreach Resources, Products and Publications, Shared Reading Project, and the Cochlear Implant Education Center.

Let Them Hear Foundation - IDEA 2004: The IDEA 2004 special education web resource center is part of the Let Them Hear Foundation Advocacy Program for parents and professionals to provide a better understanding of key concepts of IDEA 2004. (Parents and professionals need to register to access full articles & selected case law.)

NASDSE: Provides resources from the National Association of State Directors of Special Education, including special education, deaf education and response to intervention.

National Association for the Deaf: The National Association for the Deaf is a national civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

National Association of the Deaf - K-12 Education: Provides access to IDEA, Section 504 and NCLB information, Bill of Rights for D/HH Children, NAD Position Statements, as well as links to selected case laws.

NTID Deaf Index: The National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) Deaf Index was created to help locate articles, papers, publications, and information on Interpreting, Interpreting Issues, Sign Language, Deaf Studies, Deaf History, and other related materials. It contains over 20,000 entries.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation: Provides links to documents, including Reading on Grade Level in Third Grade: How is it Related to High School Performance and College Enrollment? And Ensuring Success for Young Children: Early Childhood Literacy, that summarize the importance of third grade reading.

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia - Cochlear Implant Program: The Professional Preparation in Cochlear Implants (PPCI) is an intensive program for professionals providing early intervention (0-5) and transition services for children with cochlear implants.

The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center - IDEA 2004: Provides information on current IDEA legislative and regulatory activity and links to the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) policy letters and performance data.

U.S. Department of Education - IDEA 2004: Provides information on IDEA 2004 legislation and implementing regulations for Part B. Includes links to IDEA topic briefs, as well as other news information and resources for technical assistance.

U.S. Department of Education - No Child Left Behind Act: Provides information on No Child Left Behind, including links to legislation, state information, and related resources.

U.S. Department of Education - Protecting Students with Disabilities: Provides a FAQ document revised to clarify Section 504 requirements for elementary and secondary students and incorporate relevant information on ADAAA of 2008.

U.S. Department of Justice - ADAAA of 2008: Provides an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 along with the changes made by the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

Wrightslaw: Maintained by attorneys, this site provides legal information and educational case law for parents of children with disabilities. (The majority of the legal information concerns children with autism, but it is relevant legal information for any disability category.)

Wrightslaw - Differences between Section 504, the ADA, and the IDEA: Provides an overview of Section 504 and ADA with comparisons to IDEA 2004. The site links to the information brief, “Section 504, ADA, High Stakes Testing, and Statewide Assessments.”