Deaf Community Resources

·         [Community for] Accredited Online School

Supporting Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students Tools, Technology and Key Resources to Cultivate Academic Success


·         Brain Trauma and Equal Opportunity: What You Need Know


·         Career Assistance for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired


·         Central Washington University

The doors of the Washington State Normal School in Ellensburg opened in 1891. Mr. Benjamin Franklin Barge was the first principal of the school, which was founded to educate future elementary and junior high teachers. Classes were held at the Washington Public School until the normal school's first building, Barge Hall, opened in 1893. The normal school became Central Washington College of Education in 1937, Central Washington State College in 1961, and Central Washington University in 1977. 

Today CWU is a comprehensive university that provides high quality programs to more than 13,000 people at eight locations. CWU is co-located with community colleges in Edmonds, Everett, Des Moines, Steilacoom/Puyallup, Kent, Yakima, Moses Lake, and Wenatchee, where students can complete baccalaureate degrees without leaving their communities. A new dual admission program allows community college students to be admitted to CWU when they are admitted to a college, streamlining the admissions, advising, and transfer processes. CWU also serves more students on-line than any other comprehensive university in Washington. "Finish Line" is an online campus launched in fall 2011 to enable people to complete degrees online.


·         Civil Rights and Disability Related-Resources


·         College Student Rights – What College Student should know about their Rights  on Campus



·         DeafRunPhoto

DeafRunPhotos - Ivan Alfaro- Webmaster and photographer; running, Zaepfel Stadium, and more.


·         Disabled Student Rights Resource


·         Gallaudet University

Gallaudet University, federally chartered in 1864, is a bilingual, diverse, multicultural institution of higher education that ensures the intellectual and professional advancement of deaf and hard of hearing individuals through American Sign Language and English. Gallaudet maintains a proud tradition of research and scholarly activity and prepares its graduates for career opportunities in a highly competitive, technological, and rapidly changing world


·         A Guide on How to Get Scholarships and Grants for Students with Disabilities

Many schools and organizations offer assistance to help students with disabilities reach their goals. From tutoring, to financial aid and tax breaks, students with disabilities and their parents can access a wide range of resources. But finding these resources and applying for them can be a bit overwhelming. Below you will find a wide range of scholarships, grants and tips on how to apply for them.


·         A Guide for Students with Disabilities How to Prepare for and succeed in College

More than ever, students with disabilities are able to participate equally in higher education. A combination of amended legislation and auxiliary devices has transformed the landscape for college students with disabilities. In addition to their legal rights, these students have multiple resources available to them to ease the transition from high school to college. See what colleges are doing to set up students with various disabilities for success, including resources and specialized support services.


·         Guide for Job Seekers & Workers with a Disability

Because of the undeserved stigma attached to disabled workers, individuals with disabilities often face incredible odds when searching for employment. This is a sad truth, but one that can be overcome if you know your rights.This guide was created to introduce disabled workers and job-seekers to the rights afforded to them by federal and state governments. In addition, we offer useful tips for finding a job, advice on staying gainfully employed, and guidance that can help you talk with an existing employer about making a reasonable accommodation for you. Having any kind of disability does not preclude you from earning a living and supporting your family, nor should it. However, you may need to try harder than others to find employment that will adequately use your skill set without testing your disability or causing you undue harm.Keep reading to learn more about your rights and responsibilities as a disabled worker, and best practices for moving forward.


·         Hearing Loss Association of America

The Nation's Voice for People with Hearing Loss


·         Independent Living: Resources and Funding Strategies for Making Homes Accessible

The good news is a rapidly aging population means more products are available to accommodate disabilities, and a growing number of contractors, mortgage brokers and real estate agents are familiar with what’s needed. But renovating a house can be expensive and funding bigger remodeling projects can be challenging for many. Below you will find an overview of how much some types of renovations cost, tips on where to find help to pay for remodeling projects and expert advice about what types of projects make sense. Those who don’t want to deal with renovations or find the task is beyond their economic means can still find help to live independently through other resources such as rental assistance in homes designed for people with disabilities.


·         Information and Techincal Assistance on the Americans with Disabitities Act


·         National Association of the Deaf (NAD)

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the nation's premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.

Established in 1880, the NAD was shaped by deaf leaders who believed in the right of the American deaf community to use sign language, to congregate on issues important to them, and to have its interests represented at the national level. These beliefs remain true to this day, with American Sign Language as a core value.

The advocacy scope of the NAD is broad, covering a lifetime and impacting future generations in the areas of early intervention, education, employment, health care, technology, telecommunications, youth leadership, and more – improving the lives of millions of deaf and hard of hearing Americans. The NAD also carries out its federal advocacy work through coalition efforts with specialized national deaf and hard of hearing organizations, as well as coalitions representing national cross-disability organizations.

On the international front, the NAD represents the United States of America to the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), an international human rights organization.

Individual and organizational membership makes it possible for the NAD to ensure that the collective interests of the American deaf and hard of hearing community are seen and represented among our nation’s policy makers and opinion leaders at the federal level. The NAD is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supported by the generosity of individual and organizational donors, including corporations and foundations.


·         Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

We are a small office with a history of serving the deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind communities for more than thirty years.   We provide equal access opportunities to effective communication in telecommunications, DSHS, and the daily lives of the people we serve.   We operate in accordance to the law, plan for the future, budget to fund our services, hold ourselves accountable, and partner with our stakeholders to address gaps in services.


·         Personal Finance Guide for People with Disabitities


·         Rights For Those With Hearing Loss


·         South Eastern Washington Service Center of the Deaf

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life by empowering Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing individuals, and their families. This is accomplished through the provision of appropriate services, opportunities, and programs. We strive to promote


·         Students with Disabitities: Preparing for Postsecondary Education


·         The Personal Costs of Caring for a Child with a Disability


·         Three Rivers Association of the Deaf (3RAD) - Facebook Page

The Three Rivers Association of the Deaf (3RAD) is non-profit organization. Richland, Pasco & Kennewick. Founded is June 1, 2010.


·         TILIKUM (Deaf Center)

Coming Soon - Under construction


·         Types of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can be categorized by which part of the auditory system is damaged. There are three basic types of hearing loss: conductive hearing losssensorineural hearing loss, and mixed hearing loss. 


·         Vehicle Modifications to Car Insurance: Helping Everyone from Students to Seniors Navigate Driving With a Disability

If you live with a disability (like roughly 1 in 5 adults in the U.S., according to the CDC), finding reliable transportation and the right insurance can be a hassle. Fortunately, technological advances have opened the door for many people with disabilities to safely drive a car, and there are more and more options for those who need alternative transportation. Read on to find out how to customize your car to accommodate a disability, what kind of auto insurance you may need and how to access transportation if you’re unable to drive.


·         Washington State Association of the Deaf (WSAD)

The Washington State Association of the Deaf is non-profit organziation.


·         Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

As a Department we are tied together by a single mission: to transform lives. Each administration within DSHS has a refined focus on this mission. Individually we have the following missions: go to 'About Us'


·         Washington State Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf


·         What's Hearing Loss?


·         Yakima Herald Republic

The Yakima Herald-Republic is a newspaper published in Yakima, Washington and distributed throughout Yakima, Kittitas and Klickitat counties as well as northwest Benton County. It is Washington state's seventh-largest daily newspaper. The newspaper traces its roots to the late 19th century


·         Yakima School District

Serving a diverse population of over 15,000 students, Yakima is the 18th largest district in Washington, the second largest in Eastern Washington, and the largest Latino-majority district in the state.


·         Yakima Valley Community College

Yakima Valley Community College is one of the oldest community colleges in the state of Washington. Founded in 1928, the college has a long tradition of quality in teaching and in its commitment to students.Yakima Valley Community College is a public, two-year institution of higher education which is a part of one of the best comprehensive community college systems in the nation. As such, the college offers programs in adult basic education, English as a Second Language, lower division arts and sciences, professional and technical education, and community services. Yakima Valley Community College employs a talented and dedicated faculty whose primary interest is in delivering the best possible instruction to students