Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DODHH)
The DODHH is Michigan’s governmental department that serves Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing citizens. Here you can find out information related to laws, as well as how to file a formal complaint against an interpreter or business that is noncompliant.
Here you can see ASL videos the DODHH has produced. They include an ASL version of the Deaf Person’s interpreter Act (1982 amended 2007) and the proposed Rules and Regulations associated with the law.
Michigan Deaf Association (MDA)
MDA is an affiliate of the National Association of the Deaf and have established a mission to “help improve the lives of Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens of Michigan.” The MDA website includes a newsletter, vlog, photo gallery, meeting minutes and other updates pertinent to the organization.
Michigan School for the Deaf (MSD)
Michigan’s only residential school for the Deaf, MSD has been around since 1848. Follow the above link to the MSD website to find out more information related to school policies, events, educational resources, the rich history of the campus and so much more!
Michigan School for the Deaf Alumni Association (MSDAA)
This is a wonderful resource to keep MSD alumni updated on the happenings of the school. Information includes community events, fundraising activities and ASL vlogs.
Flint Association of the Deaf (FAD)
Established in 1919, FAD is a vital part of the local Deaf community in Flint. Visit FAD’s website to find their calendar of events, read about the history of the club and see photos of recent events.
National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
NAD is a non-profit organization that was established in 1880 to help advocate for the rights of the Deaf community. You can learn more about NAD’s positions on issues related to Deafness, resources, information about their youth leadership program and more on their website.
This is the NAD’s official YouTube channel and includes many ASL videos related to the work of the National Association of the Deaf.
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)
A national organization focused on the continued development of the profession of interpreting. Information regarding the profession of interpreting, standard practices, and the interpreter’s Code of Professional conduct can be found here.
This channel includes videos in ASL from the president, executive director and other staff of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.
Michigan Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf (MRID)
The Michigan chapter of the national Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf (RID), MIRID, has been in existence since 1970. According to their website, “MIRID assists interpreters in improving their skills, promotes professionalism in the interpreting field, and helps increase public awareness.”
National Black Deaf Advocates (NDBA)
The mission of NBDA is to, “promote the leadership development, economic and educational opportunities, social equality, and to safeguard the general health and welfare of Black deaf and hard of hearing people.” Find more information about local chapters, the youth leadership program and additional programs supported by NBDA.
National Alliance of Black interpreters, Inc (NAOBI)
Born from the NBDA conference in 1987, NAOBI is specifically designed to empower African American/Black individuals who work as professional Sign Language Interpreters. Conference dates, organizational history and additional links can be found on the NAOBI website.
American Association of the Deaf-Blind (AADB)
AADB is operated of, for and by DeafBlind individuals to ensure DeafBlind Americans achieve their maximum potential through increased independence. You can find out more about technology, service support providers, emergency preparedness, and more issue related to the DeafBlind community at AADB.org.
Helen Keller National Center (HKNC)
An act of congress in 1967 authorized HKNC in order to empower DeafBlind individuals to live and work in the community of their choosing. This website explains the residential training program offered at the organization’s headquarters in Sands Point, New York as well as shorter programs designed for young adults and senior citizens. Those interested in fields related to DeafBlindness should also check out this website to explore HKNC’s seminar and certification offerings.
DeafBlind Central (DB Central)
DeafBlind Central serves children with a combined hearing and vision lost from birth to twenty-one years of age, as well as proving referral services to individuals twenty-two to twenty-six. DB Central is able to offer these services free of charge to families, school districts, and others who work with children who are DeafBlind due to a federal grant. Visit their website for more information or to request services.
Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf (RAD)
With over twenty local chapters, the Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf is a national organization with a vision of creating a society of Deaf Gays and Lesbians. Check out RAD’s website for information regarding the organization, upcoming conferences and links to more LGBT resources.
Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
The mission of HLAA is to “open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support and advocacy.” Browse their website for detailed information about technology related to hearing loss or join an online community of individuals with hearing loss.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
This federal website includes the ADA law and many other publications to help individuals understand their rights and organizations’ obligation to provide appropriate accommodations.
E-Michigan Deaf and Hard of Hearing
This website is run by the Michigan Coalition of Deaf and Hard of Hearing People in order to increase networking and information sharing between organizations related to the Deaf Community. One of the most popular features of the site includes an extensive calendar of events across the state.
In 1973, United Way helped to establish what we know as CAC (formally SSHI). Ever since, they have been a generous partner to help support the work CAC does in the community. Browse their website to learn more about their work and make an online donation to show your support.
U.S. Department of Labor Disability Resources
This page on the U.S. Department of Labor’s website offers links to disability-related resources that may be helpful to some.
VAAA focuses on services for older adults and persons with disabilities through the support of local agencies like CAC. Currently, VAAA helps to provide CAC’s Senior Citizen program that provides various services to Deaf seniors in Genesee, Lapeer and Shiawassee counties. Visit their site to research services, scan photos, or make a contribution.