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Assistive technology can help people who are deaf or hard of hearing at home, in school, and in the community. Check these sites for more information.
This page includes:
 Communication and Alerting Devices for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People — What's Available Now
This overview from the Gallaudet University Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center covers telephone aids, television and film access, alerting devices and systems, listening devices and systems, and more.
 Designing a More Usable World - Telecommunications
This page on the Trace R&D Center web site provides links to a wide range of disability/telecommunication resources, including legal information, design resources, organizations and projects, user resource information, forums, and telecommunications standards.
 Federal Communications Commission - Disability Issues / Links
Information on a wide range of subjects (e.g., closed captioning, relay services, hearing aid compatibility, etc.) relating to telecommunications issues. The section on Section 225 includes lists of equipment manufacturers and services providers.
 Gallaudet University Technology Assessment Program (TAP)[starred entry]
This information-packed website includes information and links about TTYs and TTY modems, telecommunications relay service, wireless/cellular telecommunications, video telecommunications, captioning, speech recognition, equipment accessibility under the Telecommunications Act of 1996, universal design in telecommunications, telecommunications standards related to Accessibility, communication accessibility, and consumer advocacy. Information about current TAP projects, including the RERC on Telecommunications Access and the RERC on Hearing Enhancement and Assistive Devices, is also provided.
 SHHH National Center on Assistive Technology
This program provides information about equipment, services and programs that help individuals cope with hearing loss. The website includes short articles on alerting devices, assistive listening devices, telecommunications devices, and selecting a hearing aid dispenser.
Assistive Listening Devices
 Assistive Listening Systems Project
This project of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Hearing Enhancement developed standards for large area listening systems. Its review and recommendations to the U.S. Access Board are provided.
 What are Assistive Listening Devices or "ALDs"?
An overview from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, with a link to a list of companies that specialize in assistive listening devices.
Related Subjects
 Assistive Technology - Index
 Deafness and Hearing Impairments
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