The links and resources below cover a wide range of topics that you may find useful, including information for Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened individuals, their providers, and others who are interested in learning more about culture and ASL.
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Our links and resources are categorized below. Click on a category to jump to that section.
• American Sign Language and Deaf Culture
• Communication Access, Interpreters, and Assistive Technology
• DeafBlind Resources
• Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (GLBTQQ)
• Hard of Hearing and Late-Deafened Resources
• Health, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse
• Independent Living Services
Links last updated: September 2016
Guide to Civil Rights in Massachusetts
Guide from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office on residents' civil rights, including disability, housing, education, and related resources and publications. See also: Filing a Civil Rights Complaint
Regulations Affecting Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons
List of laws and regulations, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Interpreter Law, Children's Hearing Aid Bill, use of sign language in schools, disability-related tax credits, and more.
Deaf Self-Advocacy Project
Curriculum provided by the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers aimed at teaching Deaf people to advocate for effective interpreting services. See also: The Case for Deaf Self-Advocacy Training
Disability Law Center
Legal advocacy on disability issues that promote the fundamental rights of all people with disabilities to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of Massachusetts.
Disability Policy Consortium
Disability rights activists whose mission is to advance the rights of persons with disabilities throughout Massachusetts by organizing support for inclusive policies and system changes.
Massachusetts State Association of the Deaf (MSAD)
Advocacy for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in Massachusetts through information, community activism, and social activities. Links to Facebook page.
National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
The nation''s primary civil rights organization of, by, and for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, to preserve, protect, and promote the civil, human, and linguistic rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in the United States.
Government & Public Services
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Information in ASL
Collection of ASL videos about taxes, tax preparation, and other topics relevant to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH)
Established in 1985 to serve in the interests of deaf and hard of hearing of people of all ages living in Massachusetts. See also: MCDHH Resource Directory
Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD)
Advocacy and services to people with disabilities in Massachusetts to ensure equal access.
Public health insurance program for residents of Massachusetts. See also: Introduction to One Care in American Sign Language and Overview of MassHealth in ASL
An online resource for Massachusetts residents seeking information such as disaster/emergency information, and services, such as childcare, veterans' services, and public assistance programs.
Social Security & Medicare
Social Security, SSI, and Medicare - Information in ASL
Informational video in ASL explaining the benefits offered under the Retirement, Disability, Survivors, Medicare and Supplemental Security Income programs. Subtitled. 13 minutes.
Medicare Basics in ASL
Comprehensive overview of Medicare and Medicaid, including enrollment and differences between Parts A, B, C, and D. Information presented in sign language and with English subtitles. 27 minutes.
American Sign Language and Deaf Culture
ASL and Fingerspelling classes offered midweek evenings at the Allston (Boston) office.
The Learning Center for the Deaf
ASL classes offered midweek evenings at the Framingham campus.
Selecting a Sign Language Class
Information and resources related to learning ASL and selecting a class, provided by MCDHH.
Deaf Community and Culture
Collection of vlogs and blogs by Deaf people.
Collection of videos, films, shows conducted in ASL by Deaf people all around the world.
D-PAN (Deaf Performing Arts Network)
Non-profit organization that produces ASL music videos and ASL-related video content, including DTV News, an ASL-accessible source of national news featuring anchors who are Deaf.
Yahoo! Groups listserv with over 2,500 Deaf community members; good for keeping informed about community events and news.
Communication Access, Interpreters, and Assistive Technology
Assistive Technologies and Hearing Ear Dogs
Information from MCDHH about assistive technology products and programs, and hearing ear dogs for individuals with deafness or hearing loss.
Ins and Outs of Assistive Technology and Communication Access Options
Information from DEAF, Inc. about assistive technology options for Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened people.
Communication Access/Interpreting Services
MCDHH Statewide Interpreting and CART Referral Service
Information about interpreting services, interpreter screening and certification, Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) services and CART Provider trainings, consultations, technical assistance and more.
Emergency or After-Hours Interpreter Requests
Request Interpreting or CART Services
Independent service offering video remote interpreting, sign language interpreting, and CART services in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. See also: Request Interpreting Services
Tips for Working with an ASL Interpreter
Tips provided by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
ASL Studies, Deaf Studies, and Interpreter Training Programs
ASL Studies, Deaf Studies Programs
Information about schools in the New England region that offer degree programs in ASL and/or Deaf Studies, compiled by Northeastern University's Regional Interpreter Education Center.
Interpreting Education Programs
List of interpreter training programs (ITP) in the New England region, compiled by Northeastern University's Regional Interpreter Education Center.
Road to Deaf Interpreting (RDI)
Interpreter training program for Deaf individuals aspiring to become Deaf Interpreters.
Professional Development and Resources for Interpreters
ASL and English Resources for Interpreting in Medical Settings
Information and resources related to medical and healthcare interpreting, and professional development, provided by the Center for the Advancement of Interpreter Education at St. Catherine University in Minnesota, a Regional Interpreter Education Center.
Deaf Interpreter Institute
Information, resources, and networking source for Deaf Interpreters (DI); includes training opportunities and directory of working Deaf Interpreters, provided by the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers.
Massachusetts Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (MassRID)
Statewide membership organization representing professional ASL interpreters in Massachusetts.
Northeastern University Regional Interpreter Education Center (NURIEC)
Source of information and assistance for organizations and individuals planning, teaching, and participating in professional development activities.
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)
National membership organization representing professional interpreters. See also: RID Standard Practice Papers
American Association of the DeafBlind (AADB)
Works to ensure that all DeafBlind people achieve their maximum potential through increased independence, productivity, and integration into the community.
DeafBlind Community Access Network (DBCAN)
Increases community and personal independence of DeafBlind adults referred by the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) by training sighted ASL-fluent Providers and matching DeafBlind adults with a qualified, compatible Provider.
Deaf-Blind Contact Center (DBCC)
Empowers individuals who are deaf-blind to lead independent, productive and social lives by providing accessible communication, social opportunities, and transportation services.
Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults
Rehabilitation program for DeafBlind people to increase their independence.
Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB)
Provides rehabilitation and social services to people who are blind and refers DeafBlind adults to DBCAN to increase independence and full community participation.
Perkins School for the Blind
Education for DeafBlind students ages 3-22.
Braille and Talking Book Library
Free services at Perkins School for the Blind for MA residents who are unable to read traditional print materials due to a visual or physical disability. Registration required.
Deaf Gay Napoleon Club
A social club on Facebook for Deaf gay men and advocates in the New England region; also open to Deaf-friendly individuals who sign.
Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf (RAD)
National organization serving the interests of the Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Queer community through fellowship, education, advocacy, and outreach.
Hard of Hearing and Late-Deafened Resources
Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA)
An inclusive organization that provides information, support, and social enrichment for all those with hearing loss. Boston chapter meetings are open to all, and generally provided with real-time captioning services (CART).
Hearing Loss Association (HLAA)
A national organization representing people with hearing loss; provides support and resources on for people and their families to learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss.
Cape Cod Chapter
Find a Local Chapter
Savvy Consumer's Guide to Hearing Loss
Publication by Karen Rockow, PhD that includes resources for information about communication and assistive technology, coping strategies, and information about hearing loss for people who develop hearing loss later in life.
Speechreading Classes and Other Resources for People with Hearing Loss
MCDHH-compiled list of organizations that offer services to people with hearing loss, including speechreading, audiological testing, hearing aid evaluation and maintenance, and counseling.
Health, Mental Health and Substance Abuse
ASL Cancer Education Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Educational videos and transcripts on various cancer topics, including breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers, produced by the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego.
Deaf Wellness Center, University of Rochester Medical Center
Provides clinical services (particularly mental health) and conducts research and provides training activities pertaining to the mental health, healthcare, and sign language interpreting as it affects deaf and hard of hearing people.
ASL-accessible online health information on a variety of diseases and health tests and screenings.
Effective Communication for Health Care Providers
Information for health care providers about working with people with disabilities, effective communication, and best practices. Publication from the Center for Disabilities Studies at the University of Delaware.
Guide to Working with Deaf, Late-Deafened and Hard of Hearing Patients
Communication and cultural competency guide for medical professionals who work with patients who are Deaf or have hearing loss. Written by Karen Rockow, PhD.
National Center for Deaf Health Research (NCDHR)
Conducts health promotion and disease prevention activities through collaborative, community-based participatory research aimed at eliminating health disparities in deaf and hard of hearing populations.
Our Deaf Survivors Center (ODSC)
Provides culturally affirmative support services to Deaf victims/survivors of sexual and domestic violence through education, empowerment, and advocacy; and to promote awareness of cultural and linguistic considerations to service providers working with Deaf victims/survivors.
Project HOPE (Health Outreach, Prevention and Education)
Provides health education, support with managing health and healthcare, and medical and communication access advocacy services that includes HIV/AIDS case management and prevention education services for Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened people who want to improve their health and wellness. For health information in ASL, visit Project HOPE’s Deaf Health Channel.
Mental Health Unit for Deaf Persons (MHUDP) at Worcester State Hospital
Resource Directory of Mental Health Services for Deaf Persons (Gallaudet University)
Substance Abuse Services Overview (with ASL Video from MCDHH)
Message to the community from MCDHH about ASL-accessible substance abuse services; includes ASL video.
AA & NA Recovery Support Meetings with ASL or CART (Listed by Region)
Monthly list of recovery support group meetings (AA, NA, and Al-Anon) in Massachusetts with ASL or CART services.
Bridgemark Addiction Recovery Services
Nonprofit addiction treatment facility in Warwick, RI that provides a safe and stable environment for clients to learn and maintain a sober, drug and alcohol-free lifestyle; also serves d/Deaf people.
Needle Exchange Programs (July 2016)
Information from the Department of Public Health on proper use and disposal of syringes and needles, and a list of places where they can be disposed, sorted by town.
HIV/AIDS Peer Support Guide
List produced by AIDS Action Committee of HIV support groups and peer support groups in the Greater Boston and Metrowest areas.
HIV/AIDS Services and Resources Guide
Publication by the Department of Public Health listing services by category to assist consumers and providers in making appropriate referrals to HIV prevention, testing, treatment, or other health and social services; includes resources on viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted infections, substance abuse, and needle exchange programs. Last updated: June 2014.
Independent Living Services
DEAF, Inc. Independent Living Services (Boston, MA)
DEAF, Inc. Senior Independent Living Services (Boston, MA)
Central and Western
Stavros Center for Independent Living (Amherst (main), Springfield, and Greenfield, MA)
AdLib, Inc. Independent Living Center (Pittsfield, MA)
DEAF, Inc. Independent Living Services (Salem, MA)
Northeast Independent Living Program (NILP) (Lawrence, MA)
New England Homes for the Deaf (Danvers, MA)
Assisted living facility for Deaf and DeafBlind people, also provides residential and health care services.
Thompson House (Danvers, MA)
HUD-subsidized independent living facility for Deaf and DeafBlind.
Southeast, Cape Cod & Islands
DEAF, Inc. Independent Living Services (New Bedford/Fall River, MA)
Cape Organization for the Rights of the Disabled (CORD) (Hyannis, MA)