DDBDDHHLD Community Link Directory

This link directory is provided to help you find more information and resources related to Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened (DDBDDHHLD) nonprofit organizations, access agencies, resource services, schools, and government agencies in California. If you would like to have your link mentioned here, submit your information to california.manos@gmail.com.

DDBDDHHLD Nonprofit Organizations

The BAADA’s mission is to promote personal and community development, network, cultural awareness, education, advocacy and the interests of the Asian Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community of San Francisco Bay Area. The BAADA also enhances the celebration of cultural diversity in our community.

The BABDA shall be organized and operated mainly to promote the leadership development, economic and educational opportunity, social equality, and to safeguard the general health and welfare of Black deaf and hard of hearing people.

The mission and advocacy of the CAD is the promotion, preservation, and protection of the civil rights, social, cultural, health, educational and economic well-being of the Deaf. The acquisition and use of American Sign Language is an essential human right. The Association practices an environment that is free of audism, racism, sexism, linguicism and other forms of discrimination.

The purpose of the CAL-ED shall be to support the quality education of students who are Deaf or hard of hearing students. This organization is composed of educators, parents, teacher trainers, interpreters, support staff, professionals, and other persons who are dedicated to the pursuit of educational excellence for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children.

The HLAA-CA is a nonprofit organization that provides information, education, support and advocacy for people with hearing loss, their families, and friends. The HLAA-CA is an affiliate of the Hearing Loss Association of America.

The mission of the NCADB is to help Deaf-Blind persons to achieve their maximum potential through increased independence, productivity, and integration into the community. The NCADB is a member of the American Association of the Deaf-Blind and they provide scholarships to members who wish to travel to the national conference.

The mission of the SCADA is to promote Asian American cultural diversity and awareness for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals in Southern California. The SCADA encourages Asian Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals to explore and address cultural, educational, and social issues and to become empowered and develop their leadership potential in our community.

The SCADB is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a better quality of life for the isolated, deaf-blind individuals by creating opportunities for them to strengthen their relationships and socialize with others through successful social events and activities with the main goal of creating a successful Support Service Provider Program.

DDBDDHHLD Access Agencies

The CODIE is a community service agency that promotes independence, access, and equality for people who are deaf and hard of hearing through direct services. These services include communication services; counseling; advocacy services; independent living skills instruction; job development and placement; information and referral; and community education. Serves clients residing in Inyo, Mono, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties.

The DCS is a community service agency that promotes independence, access, and equality for people who are deaf and hard of hearing through direct services. These services include communication services; counseling; advocacy services; independent living skills instruction; job development and placement; information and referral; and community education. Serves clients residing in Imperial and San Diego counties.

The DCARA is a community service agency that promotes independence, access, and equality for people who are deaf and hard of hearing through direct services. These services include communication services; counseling; advocacy services; independent living skills instruction; job development and placement; information and referral; and community education. Serves clients residing in Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma counties.

The DHHSC is a community service agency that promotes independence, access, and equality for people who are deaf and hard of hearing through direct services. These services include communication services; counseling; advocacy services; independent living skills instruction; job development and placement; information and referral; and community education. Serves clients residing in Fresno, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Monterey, San Benito, and Tulare counties.

The GLAD is a community service agency that promotes independence, access, and equality for people who are deaf and hard of hearing through direct services. These services include communication services; counseling; advocacy services; independent living skills instruction; job development and placement; information and referral; and community education. Serves clients residing in Kern and Los Angeles counties.

The NorCal is a community service agency that promotes independence, access, and equality for people who are deaf and hard of hearing through direct services. These services include communication services; counseling; advocacy services; independent living skills instruction; job development and placement; information and referral; and community education. Serves clients residing in Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba counties.

The OC-DEAF is a community service agency that promotes independence, access, and equality for people who are deaf and hard of hearing through direct services. These services include communication services; counseling; advocacy services; independent living skills instruction; job development and placement; information and referral; and community education. Serves clients residing in Orange county.

The Tri-County GLAD is a community service agency that promotes independence, access, and equality for people who are deaf and hard of hearing through direct services. These services include communication services; counseling; advocacy services; independent living skills instruction; job development and placement; information and referral; and community education; Serves clients residing in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties.

DDBDDHHLD Resource Services

The CDERC supports education and related services for all Deaf and Hard of Hearing children in California through the domains of early intervention, parent education, assistance to local education agencies, community education, and assessment services.

The CDBS facilitates maximum participation in school and preferred life activities for children and young adults with combined hearing and vision loss.

The DRC’s mission is to advocate, educate, investigate and litigate to advance and protect the rights of Californians with disabilities.

The LightHouse promotes the independence, equality, and self-reliance of people in the Northern California area who are blind, deaf-blind or visually impaired through rehabilitation training and relevant services, such as access to employment, education, government, information, recreation, transportation, and the environment.

Schools for DDBDDHH Children

The CSB provides intensive, disability-specific educational services to students who have primary learning needs related to their visual impairment. The school serves as a statewide resource to provide expertise to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) and families in evidenced-based assessment, specialized curriculum, cutting-edge research and technology, and innovative models of instruction that prepare students for adult life.

The mission of the CSD is to provide comprehensive educational programs which create a strong foundation for future learning among graduates in an accessible learning environment that recognizes Deaf students and adults as culturally and linguistically distinct. The school will ensure that students receive a quality education with an emphasis on full communication access through fluency in both American Sign Language and English. This will enable students to reach their maximum potential while preparing them to function effectively in a diverse technologically-evolving world.

The CSDR is a school for deaf children located in Riverside, California. The school educates children from all over Southern California. Its companion school in Northern California is California School for the Deaf, Fremont.

The Marlton School is a K-12 public school for deaf and hard of hearing students in Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles. The school has a General Education Program for the hearing siblings and neighborhood students in grades K-5. The school offers a bilingual program in American Sign Language and English.

Government Agencies

A state government agency that issues licenses to guide dog schools and instructors.

A state government agency provides technical assistance to and monitoring of local educational agency (LEA) operated programs serving deaf and hard of hearing students.

A state government agency provides services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities.

The following list of websites was compiled for parents of children newly diagnosed with hearing loss. In an effort to help direct parents to useful resources, these websites have been reviewed and summarized. They are listed in alphabetical order.

A state government agency whose Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Section provides expertise and support to consumers and rehabilitation counselors in the field. Section staff develops, implements, and coordinates specialized rehabilitation programs designed to serve the unique needs of consumers with a wide range of hearing impairments. The staff participates in district service evaluations through its review of consumer cases, assists individual counselors, as requested, ineffective case management, and trains the staff of the Department in improving the delivery of services to this population.

The ODA has two primary purposes. First, it acts as a liaison between the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Director's Office and the deaf community, various programs, agencies, and other organizations concerned with deafness or hearing loss. Second, the ODA provides contract administration and program oversight of CDSS' contracts with a network of eight, private, non-profit agencies that provide a variety of DAP services to California's deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing and late-deafened populations.

A state government agency whose Children’s Medical Services has implemented a statewide comprehensive Newborn Hearing Screening Program (NHSP). The NHSP helps identify hearing loss in infants and guide families to the appropriate services needed to develop communication skills.

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