American Society of Deaf Children (ASDC)
3820 Hartzdale Drive
Camp Hill, PA 17011
(800) 942-ASDC (Parent Hotline)
The American Society of Deaf Children provides support, encouragement, and information about deafness to families with deaf children, supports sign language for the fullest possible participation of deaf children at home, school and in the community. The Society promotes quality education to improve the life achievement and well-being of deaf and hard of hearing children.
ASDC has local chapters with a directory available. They will provide materials and assistance to anyone wishing to start a local support group in their area. Through their local chapters they provide parent-to-parent matching for new parents with those who have had experience with deafness in children. ASDC publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Endeavor, that is included in membership fees. They have brochures that cover general information and provide a new parent packet at no cost. They also provide specialized information about communication, language acquisition, behavior management, education, deaf culture, and other important subjects. ASDC has a resource list that is always being updated and is available to members and non-members, write or call for further information.
The American Society of Deaf Children provides representation to professional organizations, legislative bodies, councils and committees, and referrals to local resources which serve signing deaf children and their families. The Society hosts a Biennial convention, call for further information.
John Tracy Clinic
806 W. Adams Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90007
Fax: (213) 749-1651
V/TTY: (800) 522-4582
TTY: (213) 747-2924
John Tracy Clinic provides worldwide, parent-centered services to young children with hearing loss without charge. They service families of children birth through five years who have diagnosed hearing losses, or families seeking audiological evaluations of any child under six years of age. They offer families hope, guidance and encouragement.
The John Tracy Clinic offers three correspondence courses to parents of young deaf and deaf-blind children at no cost, in English and Spanish. Every year families that are enrolled in the correspondence courses are invited to a free three-week Summer Session. While there they receive audiological evaluations, participate in pre-school programs, and are individually tutored. Brothers and sister, age six to twelve, may participate in a Sibling Program. The main focus is to provide parents with the tools to help their child, and offer them emotional support.
The John Tracy Clinic Bulletin, is published twice a year and there are additional brochures available. The John Tracy Clinic in association with the University of Southern California has prepared students for careers in teaching deaf and hard of hearing children. Special funding allows qualified candidates to receive tuition scholarships.
SEE Center of the Advancement of Deaf Children
P.O. Box 1181
Los Alamitos, California 90720
V/TDD: (562) 430-1467
Fax: (562) 795-6614
SEE promotes early identification and intervention for children who have hearing impairments, the development of improved English skills, the understanding of the principles of Signing Exact English and its uses, provides information to parents on deafness and related topics, and fosters the positive development of self concept in children who are deaf by promoting the interaction of the child and family with both the deaf and hearing communities.
SEE offers a new parent packet of basic information, including statistics, normal language development, hearing aids, organizations, publications, speech and language. SEE Center also has available many other brochures, books, including a cookbook, videos, and many other valuable resources. Write or call for more information on periodicals, audiologists, speech therapists, schools, hearing aid dealers, or any other questions relating to deafness.