DHHS Resources

Numerous organizations across Texas serve people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The partial resource list below is for informational purposes only and is not meant to be a recommendation. Additional entities can be located through an Internet search.

National Organizations

  • ADARA brings together professionals from vocational rehabilitation, mental health, chemical safety, education, interpreting and related fields to share best practices in working with people who are deaf and hard of hearing, to address policy and program concerns, and to network.
  • American Speech Language Hearing Association helps ensure that people with speech, language and hearing disorders receive services to help them communicate effectively.
  • Association of Late Deafened Adults provides a support network by working with other organizations and service providers so people with hearing loss can share experiences, challenges and coping strategies and find practical solutions and emotional support.
  • Council de Manos empowers Latinx people who are deaf or hard of hearing while working to preserve Latinx culture and providing educational, self-advocacy and leadership training.
  • DeafTEC provides resources for high schools and community colleges that educate deaf and hard of hearing students in STEM-related programs.
  • Deaf Women of Color empowers and advocates for its community and educates the community by recognizing the contributions of people who are deaf or hard of hearing through networking, resources and services.
  • Deaf Women United focuses on advocacy, education and awareness, as well as providing leadership opportunities to empower women who are Deaf.
  • Hearing Loss Association of America is a volunteer, international, educational nonprofit that provides support, training, and advocacy for people with hearing loss, their relatives and friends.
  • Helen Keller National Center  enables individuals who are blind, visually impaired, deafblind or have combined hearing and vision loss to live, work and thrive in the communities of their choice.
  • National Association of the Deaf  advocates for people who are deaf or hard of hearing by promoting early intervention, education, employment, health care, technology, telecommunications and youth leadership.
  • National Center on Deafblindness, funded by the federal Department of Education, works to improve the quality of life for children who are deafblind and their families.
  • National Cued Speech Association and Deaf Children's Literacy Project is a nonprofit membership organization to promote and support the effective use of Cued Speech.
  • National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes supports postsecondary success and employment for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, part of the National Institutes of Health, conducts and supports research on hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech and language.
  • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf provides training for new and professional Interpreters, certification through RID's National Testing System and self-regulation through a national Ethical Practices System.

State Organizations

  • Partners Resource Network is a non-profit agency that operates the Texas statewide network of Parent Training and Information Centers for families with children who have disabilities.
  • Statewide Outreach Center at the Texas School for the Deaf works collaboratively with many agencies and organizations to provide services and information to students, their families and the professionals who serve them.
  • Texas Association of the Deaf is a membership organization providing information and education on various issues affecting the lives of people who are deaf or hard of hearing at all levels of the community.
  • Texas Association of Parents and Educators for the Deaf is dedicated to promoting excellence and equality for all students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Texas Court Reporters Association contains a list of court reporters trained to provide real-time captioning (CART Providers) around Texas as well as information for court reporters.
  • Texas Education Agency Division of Deaf Services is a state agency that provides services regarding deaf education.
  • Texas Hands and Voices provides services to families and their children, 21 and younger, who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Texas School for the Deaf provides a positive learning and living environment which addresses the unique needs of a diverse population of deaf learners and enables them to become productive members of society.
  • Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf is a nonprofit organization established for the purpose of developing and strengthening the profession of interpreting in Texas.
  • Texas Workforce Commission’s Vocational Rehabilitation Services provides services for youth, students and adults with disabilities to help prepare for, obtain, retain or advance in employment.


  • Captioned Media Program provides people who are deaf or hard of hearing equal access to communication and learning through captioned educational media and collateral materials. The CMP also acts as a captioning information and training center.
  • Deaf Network, Texas’ largest subscribed newsletter and web site for the deaf and hard of hearing community, includes resources and information of interest to deaf and hard of hearing Texans.
  • HealthyHearing.com offers consumer-based hearing healthcare articles, testimonials, interviews and other related content.
  • Hearing Health Foundation provides information regarding deafness and hearing loss.
  • Transition Resources for Deaf and Hard of Hearing provides transition information, resources, strategies and events for parents, students and professionals.
  • The Vestibular Disorders Association is a nonprofit that provides information to the public and health professionals about inner-ear balance disorders such as Meniere's disease, BPPV and labyrinthitis.

Civil Rights

  • Disability Rights Texas advocates for, protects and advances the legal, human and service rights of people with disabilities.
  • The Federal Communications Commission investigates complaints regarding a variety of accessibility issues such as closed captioning, hearing aid compatibility for telephones, relay services, etc.
  • The HHS Office of Civil Rights enforces federal civil rights laws that protect the rights of people and entities from unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, or sex in health and human services.
  • The Texas Civil Rights Project uses legal advocacy to empower Texas communities and create policy change.
  • The Texas Medical Board is the state agency mandated to regulate the practice of medicine by Doctors of Medicine and Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine in Texas.
  • The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development investigates violations of the Fair Housing Act, which protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying or securing financing for housing.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice’s Americans with Disabilities Act website provides access to ADA regulations for businesses and state and local governments, technical assistance materials, and more.
  • The U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforces federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.

American Sign Language

  • American Sign Language University is resource site for ASL students and teachers. Here you will find information and resources to help you learn ASL and improve your signing. 
  • The ASL App for iOS and Android teaches conversational American Sign Language.
  • ASLConnect through Gallaudet University provides online lessons in basic ASL at no cost, plus ASL and Deaf Studies courses online.
  • ASL Pro serves the needs of the ASL educational community by providing free, easy-to-use reference and learning tools to enhance in-classroom learning for ASL educators and their students.
  • BabySignLanguage.com is a project for parents teaching infants and toddlers early communication skills.
  • Family Signs, offered through the Educational Resource Center on Deafness at Texas School for the Deaf, provides free, online American Sign Language or Signing Exact English classes for parents and guardians of deaf and hard of hearing students in Texas. 
  • Marlee Signs, a free app for iOS, teaches American Sign Language.
  • Signing Online offers web-based courses designed to effectively teach American Sign Language from anywhere.
  • Signing Savvy is a sign language dictionary containing several thousand high resolution videos of American Sign Language signs, finger-spelled words, and other common signs used within the United States and Canada.

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