Resources for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

FCC’s Consumer Guide for Closed Captioning on Television

This document from the Federal Communications Commission explains what to do if you experience closed captioning problems while watching a television program and how to file a complaint. It also outlines the benefits of closed captioning, the FCC’s new rules to make closed captioning better, the rules for English and Spanish language programming and subtitles in place of captioning. Click here to download the document.

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing


AG Bell helps families, health-care providers and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Through advocacy, education, research and financial aid. AB Bell helps to ensure that every child and adult with hearing loss has the opportunity to listen, talk and thrive in mainstream society. With chapters located in the United States and a network of international affiliates, AG Bell supports its mission: Advocating Independence through Listening and Talking!

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

ASHA is the professional, scientific and credentialing association for more than 127,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists and speech, language and hearing scientists.

American Hearing Research Foundation

AHRF serves two vital roles: to fund significant research in hearing and balance disorders and to help educate the public.

American Society for Deaf Children

ASDC supports and educates families of deaf and hard of hearing children and advocates for high quality programs and services.

Association of Late Deafened Adults

ALDA’s membership is international in scope. ALDA works collaboratively with other organizations around the world serving the needs of late-deafened people and extends a welcome to everyone, late deafened or not, who supports the organization’s goals.

Canadian Association of the Deaf

The CAD provides consultation and information on deaf needs and interests to the public, business, media, educators governments and others and conducts research and collects data regarding deaf issues; issues reports on thee studies; and provides expertise on them; develops and implements pilot programs and offers assistance to deaf organizations and service agencies around the country. It also provides a major library and resource center on deafness at its offices in Ottawa, Ontario.

Canadian Hard of Hearing Association

The CHHA is a consumer-based organization formed by and for hard of hearing Canadians. CHHA works cooperatively with professionals, service providers and government bodies and provides information about hard of hearing issues and solutions. CHHA is Canada’s only nationwide non-profit consumer organization run by and for hard of hearing people. CHHA works to eliminate the isolation, indignation and frustration of hard of hearing and deafened persons by assisting in increasing personal self esteem and confidence which will lead to total integration in society.

International Federation of Hard of Hearing People

IFHOH provides a platform for cooperation and exchange of information between hard of hearing organizations and promotes greater understanding amongst hard of hearing people throughout the world.

Hearing Loss Association of American (formerly SHHH)

HLAA is the nation’s largest organization for people with hearing loss. The HLAA exists to open the world of communication for people with hearing loss through information, education advocacy and support. or

National Association of the Deaf

NAD advocates for the rights and quality of life for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States.