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Emergency and Disaster Resources-Delaware
Prepare Delaware-Make a Plan! Check section on Seniors and Those With Special Needs
University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies
Sign Up Now and give emergency responders information to help you fast and keep you safe!
SOUND THE ALARM! FREE SMOKE ALARMS for deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing people!
Go to HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF DELAWARE-FACT SHEETS/FACT SHEET #32- SOUND THE ALARM
OR Contact the American Red Cross of Delmarva Peninsula- or call (410)-624-2000 (Option 3) to obtain or fill out online request form.
Delaware SNAP Program – Special Needs Alert Program for children ages 0–21 with special health care needs. A pre-hospital notification program for any child with special needs. Any child with a special need may enroll and it will assist emergency workers and 911 calls to better serve children faster.
Emergency and Disaster Resources- National
Hearing-Related Emergency Response Kits
Disaster Preparedness for Deaf, Deaf-blind and Hard of Hearing People
Resources for Children – Delaware
Parents who learn they have a child with hearing loss should immediately contact their local school district to notify school district that their child will be attending a local school and to connect with Special Education Services and Resources available.
Delaware Parent Information Center
Arielle Morris, Family Resource Specialist-Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Statewide (EDHI)
Delaware Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program (Department of Public Health
Parenting A Deaf or Hard of Hearing Child
Captioning Information and Resources
Accessible Technologies Observatory
c2 (Caption Coalition) Inc. — Event Calendar
Captioned Media Program (CMP) — Free-loan open-captioned educational media (video, DVD, CD-ROM, and Internet streaming). The Captioned Media Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
Insight Cinema — Open-captioned movies nationwide.
Cell Phones and Hearing Aid Compatibility
Cell phone company websites all have technical assitance and most have discounts for people with disabilities. They have explanations of the M (microphone) and T (telecoil) ratings of cell phones they carry. Source: Coalition on Accessible Technology (COAT). Contact your provider by going to website and put “accessibility” or “disabilities” into the search engine or call customer service direct contact for people with disabilities.
EMPLOYMENT- DELAWARE RESOURCES
Community Legal Aid Society of Delaware (CLASI) -Disabilities Law Program(DLP)
Delaware Department of Labor (DOL)
Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
DVR- Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Freedom Center for Independent Living
jOBS 2 Careers
Americans with Disabilities Act-Department of Justice
Department of Labor-US Office of Disability Employment Policy
Hearing Loss Association of America- Working with a Hearing Loss
Workplace and Hearing Loss
Identifying and Resolving Workplace Issues
Receiving Services from Vocational Rehabilitation
Putting Yourself in the Job Picture by Brenda Battat. Read in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format.
Getting the Equipment and Services you Need at Work by Brenda Battat. Read in PDF format.
Getting Promoted on the Job by Brenda Battat. Read in PDF format.
Getting Along with Your Co-Workers by Brenda Battat. Read in PDF format.
Hearing Loss Association of Delaware- Fact Sheets and Training Resources
Job Accommodation Network
Mental Health Services for the Deaf, Deaf-Blind andHard of Heaing
Mental Health Services for Deaf People: — A Resource Directory
HEARING LOSS-GENERAL INFORMATION-NATIONAL/a.
Hearing Loss Association of America Web Site: https://hearingloss.org
General Information about Hearing Loss
Do I Have a Hearing Loss?: A Self-Test.
How Do I Select a Hearing Aid?
How Do I Get Help?
Fact Sheets About Hearing Loss
What is a Cochlear Implant?
Questions About Television Captioning
Hearing Loss: A Challenge Not a Restriction
A Hole in the Weather Warning System
Hearing Aids and Seniors: A Research Report
Funding Resources for Audiology Services and Hearing Aids
ASHA publication PDF – Funding Resources
Facing the Challenge of Hearing Loss
Adjustment to Hearing Loss
Coming to Terms with Your Hearing Loss
Coping with Hearing Loss
Peer Support, Good Communication and Self-Acceptance
Feelings of Low Self-Worth and Anger
The Challenge of Hearing Loss
The Spiritual Component of Coping with Hearing Loss
Refusing to Wear Hearing Aids
People Who Don’t Care
Medicine, Health and Other Issues
What is Auto immune Disease?
Medication and Problems While Flying
Acoustic Neuroma: Diagnosis and Treatment
What is Automatic Speech Recognition?
Advocacy and Legal Resources
Hearing Loss Association of America (HLA) and the Hearing Loss Association of Delaware’s (HLADE) primary mission is to open the doors of communication to deaf and hard of hearing children and adults in Delaware.
The issues we work on in Delaware are the some of the same issues that our national organization is working on.
To get detailed information on what are the current issues and changes being advocated nationally by the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLA), please go HLA’s Policy Page or directly to the links below for the issue you’re interested in.
Mid-Atlantic Americans with Disabilities Information and Technical Assistance –
Monthly Newsletter — For ADA Assistance E-Mail
Federal Communication Commission (FCC) If you’ve tried to purchase a cordless phone or actually purchased one and found that you cannot use it with your hearing aid or have any complaint with captioning or phones, it is important that you let the FCC know by filing an informal complaint at
U.S. Department of Justice – ADA Home Page — Information and Technical
Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act, Titles I, II, and III.
Arts & entertainment
Creative Access – For latest on accessible and captioned arts and entertainment in the Philadelphia/Delaware.
100 So. Broad St., Suite 1515
Phila., PA 19110
215.569-8104 – Fax
Delaware – State Agencies
Telecommunications Relay Services for Individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or with Speech Impairments
(800) 232-5470 (V)
(800) 232-5460 (TTY); 711 (TTY)
(800) 229-5746 (Speech to Speech – English)
(866) 260-9470 (Speech to Speech – Spanish)
Links to Technology and Technical Assistance Resources
Autocaption.com – captioning Software for both beginner and professional captioners
iCommunicator Software – The iCommunicatorTM translates in real-time
Hearing Assistive Technology, Loop Systems Click on “Glossary” in the yellow index line at the top or bottom of any of the pages at that site. That will bring up a glossary of more than 100 hearing loss terms that are all linked together, so you can hardly miss “neckloops” if you happen to be interested in anything related to them. Interests such as like FM, IR, Assistive Listening System, ALS, Assistive Listening Device (ALD), silhouette, Direct Audio Input, or DAI will all eventually link you to telecoils.
Rehabtool.com is to help persons with communication,access or learning disabilities regain independence and control, thrive and become more productive, and ultimately live better lives, through leading edge assistive and adaptive technology.
Links to Phone Resources
Tell me again who invented the phone…?
Did Alexander Graham Bell invent the telephone? Yes, he won the patent for it but it may not mean he was the inventor.
There’s a Bell Museum in Nova Scotia, Canada. Much more space in that museum is devoted to hydrofoil watercraft than the telephone!
A Canadian publication said that no one invented the telephone, just that several inventors worked on the telephonic concept at the same time, and Bell was the first one to hand in the patent. See: Wikipdia – Telephones
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF A HEARING AID IS THE RIGHT ONE OR NOT?
GO TO “Fact Sheet Page” for handout