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Agencies and Supports for Youth and Young Adults who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

This page provides information and resources about agencies and organizations who support youth and young adults who are deaf or hard of hearing. Clink on the links for more information

Alexander Graham Bell Association: College Transitions- Three college graduates who are deaf or hard of hearing share their perspectives on researching, choosing and transitioning into a college or university. (See Also: AgenciesPost Secondary Education)
Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)- The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is an organization representing people with hearing loss. The website has information on advocacy and also has an online community of young adults. (See Also: AgenciesSelf Determination)
Hands and Voices- Hands & Voices is a non-profit, parent-driven organization dedicated to supporting families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Hand & Voices provides non-biased information about communication methodologies and believes that families can make the best choices for their child if they have access to good information and support. (See Also: AgenciesSelf Determination)
Hiram G. Andrews Center: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services- The Hiram G. Andrews Center provides a comprehensive program of services featuring the integration of education on campus at the Commonwealth Technical Institute, counseling, evaluation and physical restoration in a barrier-free environment. The Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services unit, under the direction of a vocational rehabilitation manager, includes a Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf and certified interpreters. (See Also: EmploymentSelf DeterminationCommunity Living)
National Association of the Deaf- The mission of the National Association of the Deaf is to preserve, promote and protect the civil, human and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States. (See Also: AgenciesSelf Determination)
National Technical Institute for the Deaf- The primary mission of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf is to provide deaf and hard of hearing students with outstanding state of the art technical and professional education programs, complemented by a strong arts and science curriculum, that prepares them to live and work in the mainstream of a rapidly changing global community and enhance their lifelong learning. (See Also: AgenciesPost Secondary Education)
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation- The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, or OVR, provides vocational rehabilitation services to help persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment. This document provides guidance on how to begin establishing a relationship with OVR. (See Also: AgenciesEmployment)
Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing- The Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (ODHH) is an office within the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry that serves all 67 counties. ODHH is your first stop on the path to learn about anything and everything related to hearing loss, such as services, technology, sign language interpreters, or laws that require equal access for people who are deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing. (See Also: AgenciesEmploymentSelf Determination)
Pennsylvania Society for the Advancement of the Deaf- The mission of PSAD is to work to maximize the participation and productivity of its Deaf and Hard of Hearing Citizens within the larger society of Pennsylvania through education, advocacy and services. (See Also: Agencies)
Pennsylvania Partnership for the Deaf-Blind (PPDB)- The PPDB exists to provide support for individuals with deafblindness and their families through a family-driven network. We support our members as they deal with the daily issues of life. PPDB has developed a guide to assist with transition which is available on their site. (See Also: AgenciesCommunity Living)