PARTNERS AND ASSOCIATIONS
The organization’s primary vision is to provide services for deaf/hard of hearing, hearing individuals, and the community in the St. Louis metro area as a whole to ensure effective communication and cultural awareness. This purpose is accomplished through a meaningful unity of community outreach, training, education, advocacy, media, visual arts, and interpreting. The vision reflects a strong sense of community where the deaf/hard of hearing and hearing communities are empowered and aware of the importance of equal access to all.
The Mission of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support and advocacy.
Kansas Association of the Deaf
The specific purpose of the Association is for mutual assistance and encouragement of Deaf people and to secure moral, intellectual and social improvement of their education and vocational opportunities, to promote measures tending to better the condition and standing in society at large of Deaf persons; and for the strength and usefulness which union gives the Deaf persons of Kansas who have organized themselves into this Association to further the above purposes.
Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The mission of Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) is to advocate for and facilitate equal access to quality, coordinated and comprehensive services that enhance the quality of life for Kansans who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Kansas Instructors for the Deaf
Kansas Instructors for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KID) is a statewide organization of professionals working with children and students, who are deaf and hard of hearing, in early intervention and educational programs.
The object of this organization is to improve the education of the deaf and hard of hearing students, to encourage socialization and opportunities for interchanging ideas among the personnel serving the deaf and hard of hearing students, and to promote awareness of educational goals and problems of deaf/hard of hearing students in Kansas.
Kansas School for the Deaf
A school, a community, a society in which hearing acuity is incidental, barriers are minimized, human potential is maximized, and people are judged by their contributions and their character. Their mission is to ensure that all students achieve their full potential in a language-rich environment.
Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing functions as an agency of the state to advocate for public policies, regulations, and programs to improve the quality and coordination of existing services for individuals with hearing loss, and to promote new services whenever necessary. MCDHH works with individuals, service providers, businesses, organizations, and state agencies to improve the lives and opportunities of all Missourians with hearing loss.
National Association of the Deaf
The mission of the National Association of the Deaf is to preserve, protect and promote the civil, human and linguistic rights of all deaf Americans.
COMMUNICATION AND ADVOCACY
Assistive Technology for Kansans
ATK connects people with disabilities and health conditions of all ages with the assistive technology they need to learn, work, play and participate in community life safely and independently. Assistive Technology for Kansans, the statewide assistive technology program for Kansas, is coordinated by The University of Kansas.
American Sign Language Resource Guide
A resource list that provides information on ASL, Deaf Culture, Learning ASL (for adults, children and babies), and a list of ASL online dictionaries
Coalition for Independence (KS/MO)
CFI is persons with disabilities actively participating in enhancing their own rights and abilities through services (independent living, consumer directed services, accessibility programs, financial management, telecommunications access programs), supports, education, and community change. CFI envisions a strength-based community that is inclusive, accepting, and fully integrated.
CSD (also known as Communication Service for the Deaf, Inc.) is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing broad–based services, ensuring public accessibility and increasing public awareness of issues affecting deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Through global leadership and a continuum of quality communication services and human service programs, CSD provides the tools conducive to a positive and fully integrated life.
Dove (Deaf Overcoming Violence through Empowerment) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing services to Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened and Deaf-Blind victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Dove’s purpose is to provide free services and education to Deaf victims, victim service providers and the general public.
Johnson County Mental Health
The JCMHC Deaf services team provides culturally affirmative, community based assistance to Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals and families in their recovery by promoting wellness and successful living through hope, personal choice and individual responsibility. Counseling services are provided to those who live in Kansas regardless of age or county responsibility, and includes children who are attending Kansas School for the Deaf in the residential setting. Case management, vocational services, and supported housing services are geared towards those who live in Johnson County. Psychiatry services are provided with contracted interpreters who meet national standards.
Kansas Disability Rights Center
The Disability Rights Center of Kansas (DRC), is a public interest legal advocacy agency empowered by federal law to advocate for the civil and legal rights of Kansans with disabilities. DRC is the Official Protection and Advocacy System for Kansas and is a part of the national network of federally mandated and funded protection and advocacy systems. As such, DRC advocates for the rights of Kansans with disabilities under state or federal laws (ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, Federal Medicaid Act, Kansas Act Against Discrimination, etc.)
The Whole Person
The Whole Person assists people with disabilities to live independently and encourages change within the community to expand opportunities for independent living. The Whole Person envisions a fully integrated community of equality, where opportunities and choices are not limited by disability. We will promote a world in which people with disabilities will exercise independent choices and join with their supporters to advocate for positive change within society and its systems.
The Daily Moth
The Daily Moth delivers news in video using American Sign Language. The Deaf host, Alex Abenchuchan, covers trending stories and Deaf topics with a twist of humor and Deaf culture.
Deaf Digest – Blue Edition
America’s unique Deaf stories. Serving the Deaf community since 1996.
Resources and guides for the Deaf Community.
Founded in 2003 by brothers Joel and Jed Barish, DeafNation, Inc. is the international leader in video content, news coverage, social networking and special events for the greater deaf and hard-of-hearing community.
“America’s Largest Deaf News”
Deaf News Today Blog
Masters in Communication says Deaf News Today is a Top 50 Blog. Northwestern University Library includes Deaf News Today on its list of recommended sites.
Our achievers, leaders and mentors – past and present. This site celebrates the achievements of deaf people in history, and those who are still active in their careers. Each month, we’ll highlight a contemporary newsmaker.
iDeaf News provide live- and pre-recorded video news.
Exclusive American Sign Language video news and entertainment.
VIDEO RELAY SERVICES
A video relay service (VRS), also sometimes known as a video interpreting service (VIS), is a videotelecommunication service that allows deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech-impaired (D-HOH-SI) individuals to communicate over video telephones and similar technologies with hearing people in real-time, via a sign language interpreter. Listed below are a few VRS services.
If searching for an ASL-English interpreter in the Kansas City area, here are some agencies in the area.
*If looking for a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI), please contact the agencies directly
Deaf Kids Art Network brings Deaf performers and artists to Wichita and create opportunities for our deaf and hard of hearing kids to interact with awesome, positive Deaf role models. Their goal is to promote sign language and Deaf culture by providing family-friendly events for the WHOLE family to experience Deaf culture and encourage them to use sign language TOGETHER. The biggest goal is to show these awesome kiddos that there are great Deaf people out there, just like them, who are educated, talented, AND successful at what they do. Sometimes it’s just nice to know that someone really gets it. And we do.
OTHER (KC METRO)
OTHER (NATIONAL AND WORLDWIDE)
Deaf Culture Centre – Toronto
The DEAF CULTURE CENTRE opened at the historic culture, arts and entertainment Distillery District right in the heart of Old Town Toronto, A project of the Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf, it features a museum, art gallery, gift shop, research and archives, state-of-the-art visually rich technology highlighting Deaf historical artifacts, literature, sports, ASL/LSQ interactive website / television and multimedia production studio.
Deaf Cultural Centre – UK
The UK’s first Deaf Cultural Centre will for the first time bring together diverse elements of the Deaf community and Deaf culture under one roof and become a space in which Deaf culture is celebrated, explored and represented through a series of community and leisure projects, arts, exhibitions and social events.
The Gallaudet University Museum presents the heritage of an evolving cultural community, and trace the historic roots of the University. By promoting the open exchange of ideas about what it means to be Deaf – and conversely, what it means to be hearing – with the local, national, and international communities, the museum will inspire examination of community identities. As a place of historic, linguistic, and cultural scholarship, the Gallaudet University Museum promotes and interprets the rich and complex Deaf experience.
*Images courtesy of HandSpeak.com