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The following information has been provided to NewsChannel 9 by members of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community.

Self Help for Hard of Hearing People: www.hearingloss.org

Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, Inc., founded in 1979, is a consumer, educational organization devoted to the welfare and interests of those who cannot hear well, their relatives and friends. SHHH has 12,000 National members and 9,000 chapter members in all 50 states. Download the latest SHHH Newsletter.

Directory of National Organizations of and for Hard of Hearing and Deaf People: http://clerccenter.gallaudet.edu/infotogo/184.html
Sponsored by Gallaudet University, this site shows an extensive list of organizations that offer support to the hard of hearing and deaf population. Hearing Exchange: http://www.hearingexchange.com A wide range of issues for the deaf and hard of hearing including message boards, articles, links to other sites, advice from experts, a very comprehensive site, well organized and easy to navigate.

Search Wave: www.searchwave.com
The largest and oldest web site for the deaf and hard of hearing and includes nearly 2000 links to nearly every other site on the net which deals with these issues; search engine for audiology, hearing loss, hearing aids, and the ear.

Hearing Health Magazine: www.hearinghealthmag.com
On line hearing health magazine with a private chat room so that hard of hearing and deaf individuals can meet and chat privately if they wish; has experts who host the chat room at certain times to answer questions, articles and information regarding technology and hard of hearing issues, easy to navigate Hearing Health Magazine.

The Speech & Hearing Center of Chattanooga: www.speechhearing.com
Audiologists, Speech/Language Pathologists, classes for hard of hearing children right here in Chattanooga.

League for the Hard of Hearing: www.lhh.org
The League’s Mission is to improve the quality of life for people with all degrees of hearing loss. This is accomplished by providing hearing rehabilitation and human service programs for people who are hard of hearing and deaf, and their families, regardless of age or mode of communication. We promote hearing conservation and provide public education about hearing.

National Campaign for Hearing Health: www.hearinghealth.net
The National Campaign for Hearing Health is committed to putting hearing health on the national agenda. The Campaign is working to raise awareness of hearing issues, improve hearing options for those living with hearing loss, and to protect those at risk. By advocating for detection, prevention, intervention, and research, the Campaign promotes a lifetime of hearing health for all Americans ñ babies, children, teens, adults, and seniors.

Tennessee Association of Audiologists and Speech/Language Pathologists: www.taaslp.org
Meeting the needs of persons with hearing, communication, and swallowing disorders and enhancing the professional development of audiologists and speech/language pathologists.

Insight Cinema Open Captioned Films: www.insightcinema.org
Insight Cinema Open Captioned Films is THE ticket to reach an audience starved for the “Big Screen Movie-going” experience – deaf and hard of hearing children, young adults and senior citizens around the world. Chattanooga routinely offers Open-Captioned movies at Regal Cinema in Hamilton Place Mall. Contact Insight Cinema Open Captioned Films for latest movies being offered in the area.

Virtual Tour of the Ear: www.augie.edu/perry/frames.htm
The mission of the Virtual Tour of the Ear is to provide educational information about the ear and hearing, and provide quick access to ear and hearing web resources.

National Captioning Institute: www.ncicap.org
NCI captions television programming for the benefit of people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Its purpose is to increase the quality and quantity of programming available.

WGBH/Caption Center: http://main.wgbh.org/wgbh/pages/captioncenter/
The Caption Center is the world’s first captioning agency and a non-profit service of the WGBH Educational Foundation. The Caption Center captions nearly 250 hours per week of programming from all segments of the television industry, as well as thousands of music videos, home videos and selected feature films. The Caption Center played an instrumental role in the creation and passage of the Television Decoder Circuitry Act of 1990, a law which now requires built-in caption decoder circuitry in most new televisions. This law benefits more than 24 million deaf and hard-of-hearing citizens across the nation. Captions also have the potential to assist efforts to eradicate illiteracy and aid those learning English as a second language.

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing: www.agbell.org
The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is one of the world’s largest membership organizations and information centers on hearing loss and the auditory approach. AG Bell focuses specifically on children with hearing loss, providing ongoing support and advocacy for parents, professionals and other interested parties. The association offers a wide range of services to its members, as well as providing general information to visitors and friends. AG Bell publishes books and brochures related to hearing loss, and also publishes a magazine, Volta Voices, and a scholarly journal as well. AG Bell provides governmental and education advocacy services through its state chapters, children’s rights coordinators and international affiliates.

Federal Communications Commissions: www.fcc.gov
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC’s jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions. The Commission staff is organized by function. There are seven operating Bureaus. The Bureaus are: Cable Services, Common Carrier, Consumer Information, Enforcement, International, Mass Media, and Wireless Telecommunications. These Bureaus are responsible for developing and implementing regulatory programs, processing applications for licenses or other filings, analyzing complaints, conducting investigations, and taking part in FCC hearings. The staff offices are: Administrative Law Judges, Communications Business Opportunities, Engineering and Technology, General Counsel, Inspector General, Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, Managing Director, Media Relations, Plans and Policy, and Workplace Diversity.

Disabilities Rights Office of the FCC: www.fcc.gov/cib/dro/
The Disabilities Rights Office (DRO) at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is on the World Wide Web. The FCC works hard to make sure that people with disabilities–such as a hearing, visual, speech, or other disability–get the same opportunities as everyone else to telecommunicate. The DRO, housed in the FCC’s Consumer Information Bureau, provides technical assistance to consumers, businesses, and government agencies on their rights and responsibilities to facilitate disability access in the foundations and frontiers of telecommunications. Everyone should become more involved with the FCC — by filing comments with the Office of the Secretary, attending public forums, and exploring our entire web site. The exciting world of telecommunications belongs to everyone! The FCC enforces the rules under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) that mandate a nationwide system of telecommunications relay services (TRS). TRS permits people who are not deaf to talk to those with hearing disabilities, and vice versa. Speech-to-Speech service is also part of TRS. The FCC makes sure that telecommunications equipment and services–including cell phones and plans–are provided so that someone with a disability can use them. Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 mandates this access. The FCC finds ways to ensure that people with disabilities, such as those who are blind or visually impaired, can access the same information that others take for granted. Video description is often necessary for people with visual disabilities. The FCC implements the Closed Captioning requirements of the Telecommunications Act, found in Section 713, to make sure that more and more television is made accessible for people who are hard of hearing or deaf.

Hearing Loss Web
www.hearinglossweb.com is a web site containing general information, products, and general resources for people with hearing loss.

National Organization on Disability

This is web site entitled Deafness/Hard of Hearing with lots of general information for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.

National Association of the Deaf was established in 1880. This site serves the Deaf community with links to their state associations and other news.

www.handsandvoices.org This web site is a group of parents in Colorado who formed Colorado Families for Hands and Voices as a support for parents of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children who usually have no background in hearing loss and very often do not know where to turn to look for resources. This group has become a first rate organization and is going national.

www.gohear.org This web site, also located in Colorado, features families of Hard of Hearing and Deaf children.

www.deafchildren.org This is web site for the American Society for Deaf Children, a wonderful, well established resource for parents who are looking for help with a newly identified Deaf or Hard of Hearing child.

Real-Time Captioning on NewsChannel 9 is provided by Caption Services of Kansas.

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