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The HLAA National Web Page is an excellent resource. At that site, you can join HLAA and learn about more about this key organization for people with hearing loss. If you care about hearing loss or someone who has a hearing loss, then you (and they) should be members of HLAA.

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Other North Carolina Links Related to Hearing Loss
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Arts Access Arts Access is an organization whose fundamental goal is to encourage and enable persons with disabilities to have full access to arts programs and facilities and participate fully in the cultural and artistic life of Raleigh and the Triangle area.
Beginnings BEGINNINGS for Parents of Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Inc., was established to provide emotional support and access to information as a central resource for families with deaf or hard of hearing children, age birth through 21. BEGINNINGS provides an impartial approach to meeting the diverse needs of these families and the professionals who serve them.
DHHS The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (formally known as the Department of Human Resources, DHR) has several divisions including several that are of interest to people with hearing loss (see other links below). This DHHS link provides more information about its responsibilities and links to all its divisions.
DMH/DD/SAS North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services provides Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services and a Mental Health Advisory Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
DSDHH The Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (DSDHH) provides not only direct services to individuals with hearing loss and the agencies and businesses that serve them but also the resources and linkages to programs and services all across North Carolina. DSDHH’s specially-trained staff, many of whom are Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Deaf-Blind, are housed at its seven Regional Centers located throughout the state. Thanks to their specialized and critical support, many North Carolinians with hearing loss are leading self-sufficient, productive and fulfilling lives.
Early Hearing Detection and Intervention North Carolina's Early Hearing Detection and Intervention program includes both a Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and a Late Onset Hearing Loss Program for children.
North Carolina Assistive Technology Program The North Carolina Assistive Technology Program (N C A T P) is a state and federally funded program that provides statewide assistive technology services to people of all ages and abilities.
NCCDHH The North Carolina Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing advises DHHS on issues related to serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing people of North Carolina. The Council brings together the "grass roots" consumers of DSDHH services with professionals representing related disciplines. Members represent Deaf and Hard of Hearing consumers, parents of Deaf or Hard of Hearing children, an interpreter, an audiologists, a pediatrician, an educator, and representatives of several state agencies which are involved with Deaf and Hard of Hearing issues. The Council website, linked here, is badly out of date, but may still provide some useful information or contacts. For additional information, contact DSDHH.
NCAD Facebook Page The North Carolina Assocaition for the Deaf was established to promote the educational, socioeconomic, health and civil rights, welfare of Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind Citizens of North Carolina.
NC Deaf Info Page This page has several links of interest to people who are Deaf.
North Carolina Regional Resource Centers There are seven Regional Resources Centers that support the Deaf and Hard of Hearing of North Carolina. They are staffed and managed by DSDHH.
VR The goal of the North Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Program is employment. Vocational rehabilitation counselors work with business and community agencies to help them prepare their work sites to accommodate employees who have physical or mental disabilities. The division also provides services that encourage and reinforce independent living for the disabled, through two main components: the Vocational Rehabilitation Program and the Independent Living Services Program.

Other Interesting Links Related to Hearing Loss
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Career Guide for People With Disabilities [Updated 2020] A disability doesn’t prevent you from having the job of your dreams. The job market accommodates people with a wide range of qualifications, passions, talents, and abilities. Opportunities can be found in all fields: nursing, business, media, technology, law, social sciences – you name it. There are people with disabilities working in almost all industries. Read on to find everything you need to know about navigating the pathway to employment as an individual with a disability.
List of College Scholarships and Financial Aid for Students With Disabilities This web site provides insight into several of the most popular scholarships for students with disabilities, including hearing loss.
Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Hearing Impairments Job seekers and employees with deafness or hearing impairments have to contend with challenges in various aspects of their professional life. These challenges often require unique solutions, but if you know how to confront them, they are rarely barriers to finding a job or pursuing a particular career.
Scholarships for Students with Disabilities The site,, has a lot of good information about college scholarships in general. But it also includes specific scholarships available for people with disabilities. From that link, just scroll down to find several scholarships that are focused on students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
College Resources for Students with Disabilities This site provides an "ultimate guide" for Students with Disabilities.
Helpful Resources for Students with Disabilities This site provides more helpful information for students with disabilities.
Resources for Students with Disabilities This site provides another look at resources for students with disabilities.
Hearing Loss, Deafness and Sleep This site provides a results of a study that claims that hearing loss and deafness can affect sleep.
Preventing Hearing Loss This site (billed as "The Ultimate Guide to Hearing Loss Prevention") does a very good job of covering the topic.
Cerebral Palsy and Hearing Problems Cerebral Palsy, or CP, is among the most common of all chronic motor disorders in children. It can cause hearing loss in addition to more common effect such as nerves, the brain, and muscles and can have a variety of effects on how a child moves or functions. Most children with CP experience spastic and rigid muscles that affect movement, but many also experience other complications, including intellectual impairment, speech disorders, and vision problems.

This link is to the hearing loss page for a very nice web site about CP.

College Resources for Students with Disabilities --Support, Advocacy and Assistive Technology to Facilitate the Transition to Higher Education With the advances of adaptive technologies and trend toward progressive legislation, prospective college students with disabilities now have countless resources available to make their transition to postsecondary education less stressful. Below, find specific information and resources on a variety of different disabilities, learn how to make the transition into the workforce easier, and find out what your legal rights on campus are.
College Scholarships and Financial Aid FOR Students with Disabilities Though the price of obtaining a postsecondary education can be steep, both traditional and online degrees should be accessible to everyone. To offset costs, many seek alternative sources of funding, including grants, loans and scholarships. Students with disabilities who are entering college will find that there are selective scholarship opportunities for which they may apply that can help pay for school. Below, discover scholarships, both narrowly- and broadly-focused, that can help students with disabilities pay for their educations, as well as additional resources for obtaining funding.
Career Guide for Students with Disabilities Eleven percent of undergraduate students report having a disability, and according to Senator Tom Harkin, one of the authors of the ADA, fewer students with disabilities complete college once they start–41 percent compared to 52 percent of the general population. It’s important to support these students while they are in school and after they graduate and embark on their careers. Learn about the ADA, how to receive accommodations in the workplace and where to find internships, jobs and support.
College Advice for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students including: Career Paths, Accessibility Tips and Resources for Success at School Access to higher education is vital for the success of people who have experienced hearing loss. According to the non-profit Deaf to Work, there are 9 million deaf or hard of hearing individuals in the U.S. and 19 percent are underemployed. For those interested in using higher education as a career stepping stone, there are support systems available to make college a more familiar, welcoming and accessible place for deaf or hard of hearing students. Continue reading for college and career advice created specifically for aspiring students who are deaf or hard of hearing, no matter where they are on their journey to a degree or career.
101 First ASL Signs Whether you are learning to communicate with a friend or to improve your work options everyone learning American Sign Language has to start with the fundamentals. This site has some useful and free study resources for learning ASL.
Hearing Health Guide Here's a Guide to Hearing Health which covers loud sounds that should be avoided, tips on protecting your hearing health, and answers to the most pressing hearing-related questions.
Deaf Linx Deaf Linx is a great resource for information on deafness, deaf culture, American Sign Langauge (ASL) and all other related topics.
Healthy Hearing Healthy Hearing is a commercial web site that provides comprehensive coverage of articles, news, FAQs, videos and profiles of hearing aid companies. .
Tax Deductibility This TurboTax web site has some potentially useful information about the possible tax deductions related to hearing loss expenses. Don't be frightened by the "Tips for the Deaf" title, many of the ideas apply to people with hearing loss, too. Thanks to Rebecca Reed from Charlotte for suggesting this link.
Hearing Loss Resources in Australia This link was suggested by Emily Shaw, one of our Australian visitors to the web site. Probably not a lot of "Tarheels" will need these links, but maybe other Oz visitors will like the link.
Psychological Affects of Hearing Loss in Teens This link was suggested by Allie Travis. The report was written by Ann Steele, a professional MF therapist, on the psychological effects of hearing loss on kids and teens. The article includes a PDF which paints a portrait of teenage hearing loss, complete with possible causes, distinctions between various types of hearing loss, and the role of speech and hearing in social identity..
Telecommunication Accessibility Issues This link was suggested by Joy McMahon, includes several interesting articles about telecommunication accessibilty for Deaf or HoH people. It's mostly focused on Deaf or deaf people but maybe interesting for Hard of Hearing people, too.
Disability Benefits Center This link was suggested by Deanna Power, includes information resource about applying for Social Security Disability with hearing loss.
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