Deaf Students with Disabilities

Adaptive Physical Education

Adapted Physical Education National Standards (APENS)
Apens: There are 15 standards for Adaptive Physical Education (APE). Some of these adaptations may include softer balls for throwing and catching, and balancing on a line.

Adapting Games, Sports, and Recreation for Children and Adults who are Deaf-Blind
Website that talks about ways to adapt play for Children and Adults who are Deaf-Blind

American Printing House for the Blind – Physical Education Articles
List of references on PE for the Blind.

Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD Information Resources
ADHD: ADHD resources that are available in each state.

Gallaudet University Laurent Clerc Center: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Gallaudet University Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: ADHD information is provided; such as the definition, how to identify symptoms, interventions, recommendations for education, and what it entails when a student is also deaf.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Advanced Bionics Resource for parents, educators, and professionals, on intervention strategies for children with Deafness and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

American Society for Deaf Children – Resources Resource for parents of children with hearing loss.

Autism Inspiration
Autism Inspiration: Lesson plans, group activities as well as forums to help make the best situation possible for those with autism and their educators. Subscription Required

Autism Source
The Autism Source: “The Autism Society strives to offer only credible and reliable resources to their constituents, therefore they have employed their nationwide network of affiliates and collaborated with other autism organizations and professionals throughout the U.S. It is because of these collaborative relationships that the Autism SourceTM Resource Database continues to grow and is kept current with comprehensive resource listings.”

Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks: An organization devoted to helping families affected by autism. Informational events for the community and sensory friendly events for individuals affected by autism.

Center for Autism & Related Disorders, Inc.

Center for Autism & Related Disorders: Research center providing teachers with workshops to better understand autism as well of community services for families affected by autism.

National Autism Association
National Autism Association: Organization responding to the needs of the autism community. Includes information on treatment, programs, news, various links, and much more.

Tips for Homeschooling Autistic Children placing students who are deaf and have autism is challenging, this site offers advice for homeschooling children with autism, which may be an option for some parents.

Cerebral Palsy

Gallaudet University Laurent Clerc Center: Cerebral Palsy
Gallaudet University Cerebral Palsy: Information about how to identify cerebral palsy, what you should do for the child’s education, and when it is combined with deafness.

Medical Guide: Cerebral Palsy
Medical Transcription – Cerebral Palsy

Comprehensive Disabilities

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Listening and Spoken Language Knowledge Center: ”The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing helps families, health care providers and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Through advocacy, education, research and financial aid, AG Bell helps to ensure that every child and adult with hearing loss has the opportunity to listen, talk and thrive in mainstream society.“

Bean Angel: Help a Child
Bean Angel: Help a Child: Information for families with children with multiple disabilities and profound deafness.

Deaf or Hard of Hearing Resources
Hearing Resources: A rich collection of resources on the World Wide Web that is available to those who wish to know more about appropriate accommodations for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.”

Council for Exceptional Children
Council for Exceptional Children: Information for parents, teachers and students.

Easter Seals Disability Services
Easter Seals Disability Services: Resources and links for families with children with disabilities.

Family Voices
Family Voices: Information to keep families involved in the health care needs of their children with disabilities.

Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System 
Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System: Florida network supporting educators, families, and agencies working with children with disabilities and special needs.

Gallaudet University Laurent Clerc Center: Deaf Students with Disabilities
Deaf with Disabilities: This site is a resource to build collaboration and provide information for educators and parents of deaf and hard of hearing students with disabilities.

National Association of Parents with Children in Special Education
National Association of Parents with Children in Special Education: Informational site for parents focusing on the needs and supporting parents whose children receive special education services.

Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights
Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights: This program helps parents of disabled children understand the rights, services and needs of their children.

University of Florida and Shands Jacksonville
University of Florida and Shands Jacksonville: Provides testing, information,and research of different disorders including Autism.


Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind
The Helen Keller School of Alabama: AIDB’s school for the Deaf and Blind.

American Association of the Deaf-Blind
American Association of the Deaf-Blind: Information covering service providers, technology, facts, publications, news, as well as other resources.

A-Z to Deafblindness
A-Z to Deafblindness: Information about Deafblindess, and links to specialized services.

National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness
National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness: Pool of resources including technical assistance activities of NTAC, information services and dissemination activities or DB-LINK, and personnel training.

The New York Institute for Special Education
The New York Institute for Special Education: Resource page covering Deaf-Blindness and Hearing Disabilities.

Developmentally Delayed

Developmental Delay Resources (DDR)
Developmental Delay Resources: Informational site containing events, literature, links to support, and other resources.

Center of Development — Pediatric Therapies
Center of Development – Pediatric Therapies : Contains information not only pertaining to developmental delay but also references a large range of disabilities.

CRC Health Group – Developmental Disabilities
Developmental Delaya: Description Overview, Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment for children who have developmental delays.

CRC Youth Programs Description of Youth Programs and a link to help locate a facility within your area.

Do Children with Hearing Loss Have Developmental Delays?
Developmental Delay Facts: Article that covers the facts and some resources for help.

The Teacher Spot
The Teacher Spot:  Links to resourcesservices, training programs, and such. Global reach.



Red Flags for Disabilities in Children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing Recognizing some of the Red Flags for disabilities other than hearing loss in children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing.



Emotionally/Behaviorally Challenged

Gallaudet University Laurent Clerc Center: Emotional/Behavioral Disorders
Gallaudet University Emotional/Behavioral Disorders: Resource for parents who may have children with emotional/behavioral disorders. Information such as “academic characteristics” are listed to aid families and schools in possible diagnosis of their child.

The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET)
NASET: Contains links and information on different types of emotional and behavioral disorders, and what can be done to accommodate academic needs promoting success.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA: Includes information about different disorders, publications and treatments that can be given to children with mental and behavioral disorders.

Intellectual Disabilities

Children, Youth, and Women’s Health Service
Children, Youth, and Women’s Health Service: A good resource for FAQs. Parents and those interested will learn much from the definitions and learn about the language used by educators. Great for teachers or parents with good information and activities for students.

Gallaudet University Laurent Clerc Center: Intellectual/Cognitive Disabilities

Gallaudet University Intellectual/Cognitive Disabilities: Parents will find useful information about diagnosis, educational options, etc. for their child with intellectual/cognitive disabilities.

Kids Health

Kids Health: Concerned mainly on children with Down Syndrome. It takes a deep look into infections, emotions, behavior, growth and development, nutrition and fitness, recipes, and prenatal tests for screening.


National Association for Down Syndrome
National Association for Down Syndrome: Provides resources, resources, facts, a place for parents, galleries, and much more.


Learning Disabilities

C-Print – Speech-to-Text Technology
RIT- CPRINT: Description of Software and link to purchase c-print which is potentially helpful to individuals with learning disabilities.

Mental Illness

American Psychiatric Association
American Psychiatric Association: Information based website organized in search menus of Topic (e.g., Addiction, Depression, Phobias) and Type (e.g., Athletes, Women, Seniors).

Bring Change 2 Mind
Bring Change 2 Mind: Informational site used to shed light on the misconceptions about mental illness as well as provide information and support resources for those with mental illness and/or those who know them. Providing information and support to people with mental health concerns.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Alliance on Mental Illness: In-depth website about Mental Illness. Online communities, information, programs, are only part of what is included. Cornerstones of activity – Awareness, Education, and Advocacy.


Deaf With No Disabilities

Addiction Assistance Raises awareness on the dangers of addiction and helps local communities stay drug-free.

American Society of Addiction Medicine
Promotes drug abuse prevention and treatment.

Communication Table of Options Communication Options chart for parents of children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

Hearing Like Her
Online community for adults, parents, children, and professionals to discuss and share issues/events surrounding hearing loss.

Hearing Loss Simulator
Simulator that shows what hearing loss sounds like.

HouseholdQuotes United Kingdom-Deafness and Resources Resources for d/Deaf individuals and those seeking to better understand deafness.

National Institute for the Deaf – Deafness Related Resources and Links
Rochester’s Institute of Technology’s resources related to Deafness.

Success for Kids with Hearing Loss – Karen Anderson
Success For Kids
Support and Resource website for parents of children with hearing loss.

Deaf and ELL

Parent Resources

ASL Classes for Deaf Immigrants
ASL: Deaf Counseling, Advocacy, and Referral Agency’s Calendar of Events.

My Baby’s Hearing
My Baby’s Hearing: Designed primarily for parents, website provides a walk through of what parents may need if their child has just been diagnosed with a hearing loss or has been referred for hearing screening tests. Available in Spanish.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools – Bilingual and ESOL SPED
ESOL: Miami-Dade Florida’s program for Bilingual and ESOL students.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
NIDCD: National News, Health, and Research information on Deafness.

PBS Teachers
PBS Teachers: Focuses on the use of Sign Language and Finger-spelling to aid in early reading.

Prezi – Deaf English Language Learners
Prezi Presentation: Prezi Presentation on students that are Deaf who’s family first language is not English.




Teacher Resources

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
American Speech Language Hearing Association: “The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 166,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students.”

Calla: Go to the link that provides in detail information about ELLs. A nonprofit organization comprised of an “experienced staff of researchers and educators conduct research, design and develop instructional materials and language tests, provide technical assistance and professional development, conduct needs assessments and program evaluations, and disseminate information and resources related to language and culture.”

Colorin Colorado
Colorin Colorado: Information, activities, and advice for educators and Spanish-speaking families of ELLs.

Edutopia: A website composed of strategies defined by teachers.

Elementary and Middle Schools Technical Assistance Center
Elementary and Middle Schools Technical Assistance Center: Resource page for ELL with special needs. Links to information, articles, organizations, and sites.

ESL Library: Resources for ESL students, with one blog for Deaf/ESL. And lesson plans, blogs, membership required for full access but can still get some ideas without membership.

Gallaudet University Laurent Clerc Center: Deaf Students with Disabilities
Gallaudet University: Information is provided on deaf students who also have an additional disability and how this relates to their education.

Gallaudet Clerc Center – Selected Readings and Resources
Gallaudet: Gallaudet’s list of literature and resources on multicultural issues and Deaf students.

Ithaca College – Linguistic Diversity, Teaching English Language
Ithaca: Ithaca College’s website resources on the debate of Bilingualism and teaching English Language Learners.

LEA Book Distribution for Spanish Speakers
LEA Books: Catalog of Spanish language books.

The National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems
The National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems: Geared toward professionals, provides information, tools and products, professional development assistance and related materials all focusing on educating students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Nada’s ESL Island
Nada’s ESL Island: Educational resources for teachers and students. Includes lesson plans, projects, tips and techniques, and other related information and materials.
ESL Challenged Students: An article about the struggles of two ESL students to simultaneously learn English and American Sign Language at their Maine high school.

SEA – Supporting English Acquition
SEA: Rochester’s Institute of Technology’s website with information of how to support deaf individuals acquisition of English.

Santillana: Educational website on the Spanish Language for students and educators.

PDF Articles

Electronic Journal for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems
Electronic Journal for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems: Electronic journal for English as a second language. Open to article submissions and to outside reviewers for books, software, websites, or manuscripts.

ESL Applications for Hispanic Deaf Students
ESL Applications for Hispanic Deaf Students: Article focusing on methods used with middleschoolers who are Spanish-literate and with elementary-aged students with limited reading skills.

Literacy for Latino Deaf and Hard-of-hearing ELLs
Literacy for Latino Deaf and Hard-of-hearing ELLs: Presentation format webpage containing information regarding literacy for Latino DHH ELL.

Multicultural/ESOL Instructional Strategies Matrix
Multicultural/ESOL Instructional Strategies Matrix: A list of categorized strategies.

New Directions in Deaf Education
New Directions in Deaf Education: Presentation format webpage. Deaf ESL Students: Communication, Language, and Literacy.