BEGINNINGS: For Parents of Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
"BEGINNINGS was founded on the premise that parents, given accurate, objective information about hearing loss, could make sound decisions for their child." They provide the one of the best overviews of each of the communication options, and have videos explain each mode:
Opening Doors: Technology and Communication Options for Children with Hearing Loss
"Opening Doors: Technology and Communication Options for Children with Hearing Loss provides background on early intervention, the use of technology and other support available to children and their families." They have a page on exploring communication options. [disponible en español]
The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 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, AG Bell helps to ensure that every child and adult with hearing loss has the opportunity to listen, talk and thrive in mainstream society. Become a member today and enjoy the Volta Voices magazine and emails about teaching your child to listen and speak. They also have financial aid available.
Indiana Hands and Voices
"The Indiana Chapter of Hands & Voices came about after a gathering of parents who have deaf or hard-of-hearing children felt inspired to begin a local chapter as a means to unite parents throughout Indiana and provide a venue in which information could be easily shared."
National Cued Speech Association
Cued speech is a visual communication method that utilizes hand shapes that represent phonemes not visible on the lips. "Cueing allows users who are deaf or hard of hearing...to access the fundamental properties of spoken languages through the use of vision."
National Association for the Deaf
NAD supports ASL as the primary language of thinking and the foundation for language. "The mission of the NAD is to preserve, protect, and promote the civil, human, and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America."