Affordable Colleges Online – Affordable Colleges Online started in 2012 with the mission to provide students the resources they need to attend and succeed in college. We believe in making college more affordable and feature free, expert-driven resources to help students at every step of their academic careers. Click here for our free guide: Preparing Students with Disabilities for Trade School
AG Bell Association – The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) is a lifelong resource, support network and advocate for listening, learning, talking and living independently with hearing loss. Through publications, advocacy, training, scholarships and financial aid, AG Bell promotes the use of spoken language and hearing technology. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., with chapters located in the United States and a network of international affiliates, AG Bell’s global presence provides its members and the public with the support they need – close to home. With over a century of service, AG Bell supports its mission: Advocating Independence through Listening and Talking!
Alabama Ear Institute – The Alabama Ear Institute (AEI) is a 501 (c) (3), public, not-for-profit foundation that was founded in 1991 in Birmingham, Alabama. AEI is dedicated to touching and improving the lives of children, adults and their families who are deaf or hard of hearing. They have particularly focused on the needs of newborn children and infants who are born with hearing loss and easing the journey they and their families take down an unfamiliar road to a successful outcome.
American Academy of Audiology – The American Academy of Audiology is the world’s largest professional organization of, for and by audiologists. The active membership of more than 10,000 audiologists join together to provide the highest quality of hearing healthcare service to children and adults described by our national slogan “Caring for America’s Hearing.”
American Academy of Pediatrics – The mission of the National Center is to work in cooperation with federal agencies, particularly the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), to ensure that children with special needs have access to a medical home. The National Center provides support to physicians, families, and other medical and non-medical providers who care for children and youth with special needs.
The goal of the program is to ensure that children and youth with special needs have a medical home where health care services are accessible, family-centered, continuous, comprehensive, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally-competent. Through the National Center, physicians, parents, administrators, and other health care professionals have access to educational, resource, and advocacy materials, guidelines for care, evaluation tools, and technical assistance.
Beginnings – BEGINNINGS for Parents of Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Inc., has served families as a non-profit organization, incorporated under the laws of NC since 1987. BEGINNINGS 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. These services are also available to deaf parents who have hearing children. The mission of BEGINNINGS is to help parents be informed, empowered and supported as they make decisions about their child. In addition, BEGINNINGS is committed to providing technical assistance to professionals who work with these families to help the children achieve full participation in society.
Ear Community – Ear Community is a charitable organization, under the wing of the Broomfield Community Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Ear Community helps children and adults who are born with Microtia and Atresia (when someone is born missing one or both of their ears and without an ear canal(s) resulting in hearing loss). Ear Community’s board of directors may include members who were born with Microtia and Atresia, who have loved ones who were born with Microtia and Atresia, or who simply would like to be a part of our community and show support for the Microtia and Atresia community.
Hearing First – At Hearing First, we want all children to benefit from the availability of newborn hearing screening and for parents to learn the status of their baby’s hearing first. Hearing is a foundational building block for children to learn to listen and talk, become healthy readers, and do well in school.
Today, children who are deaf or hard of hearing can learn to listen and talk and can achieve learning and literacy outcomes on par with their hearing friends. The earlier a child with hearing loss is identified, amplified, and receiving help, the more opportunities that child will have. We want all children to have the opportunity to take advantage of access to sound – a critical building block for future success. We are dedicated to powering potential.
Hearing Loss Association of America – The Hearing Loss Association of America is the nation’s leading organization for people with hearing loss. The Hearing Loss Association of America exists to open the world of communication for people with hearing loss through information, education, support and advocacy.
John Tracy Clinic – John Tracy Clinic is a private, non-profit education center founded by Louise Treadwell Tracy in 1942. Its mission is to offer hope, guidance and encouragement to families of infants and preschool children with hearing losses by providing free, parent-centered services worldwide. The Clinic has over 60 years of expertise in the spoken language option.
NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation – The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services provides counseling, training, education, transportation, job placement, assistive technology and other support services. These services are provided to people with physical, psychiatric or intellectual disabilities and to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing or have other communicative disorders to assist them with living independently and with finding a job and staying on the job. The division (known to many simply as “VR”) has local field offices and facilities that serve every county in North Carolina. We also directly serve businesses and other organizations by referring to them individuals we have helped prepare for employment and who are well-matched for jobs with these organizations.
Oberkotter Foundation – The work of the Oberkotter Foundation has always been driven by the Trustees’ passionate belief that all children who are deaf or hard of hearing should have the opportunity to reach their full potential. The Oberkotter Foundation focuses its efforts on supporting families who have chosen listening and spoken language for their child and on opportunities for children learning listening and spoken language to develop their social, emotional, language and educational skills.
To produce the best outcomes for every child and to capitalize on the critical stages of cognitive and language development between birth and age five, we believe that families must have access to comprehensive information and quality services as quickly as possible.
PICK – Parents of Infants and Children with Kernicterus (PICK) is a non-profit organization dedicated to education and prevention of kernicterus (KI) as well as support and research for families affected by KI.
TEACCH – Division TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication-handicapped CHildren) as a part of the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provides services to individuals of all ages with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families throughout North Carolina. Established in 1972 by the North Carolina General Assembly, TEACCH has grown to become a world leader both in the treatment and education of individuals with this disorder, and also in the training and education of current and future generations of professionals who provide services to individuals with this disability.