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Information for anyone:

Deaf Culture and You — Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) video illustrating the mainstays and nuances of Deaf Culture, with a focus on understanding the “whats and whys” as well as expectations. (03:32)

DeafBlind 101 — An Introduction to Combined Hearing and Vision Loss (Web Tutorial, 86 pages)

Learn About Hearing Loss — The Hearing Loss Association of America contracted with Knowlera Media on a series of captioned videos on hearing loss. (7 videos)

Hearing Assistive Technology — The Hearing Loss Association of America with Knowlera Media series of captioned videos on hearing assistive technology. (6 videos)

TPT: Hearing Loss Matters — Age-related hearing loss is more than a personal inconvenience; it’s a public health issue with wide-ranging social impacts. Learn why directly from those affected by hearing loss as they explore communication and treatment options. (26:40)

CDC Hearing Loss Prevention — Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fact sheet on preventing hearing loss from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (4 pages)

NIDCD Age-Related Hearing Loss — The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (website or 6-page PDF)


For librarians: 

Working with deaf patrons — Tips to help you determine the best approach for communicating with deaf patrons.

Learning ASL: 

ASL classes offered periodically during the year at Deaf and Hard of Hearing offices in Saint Paul. (Brochure coming.)

The Spirited Librarian ASL resources — Librarian blog post with ASL resources.

Free online ASL course — Learn How to Converse Comfortably and Correctly in True ASL. (3 ASL classes, broken down into units. Workbooks are free. Skip the Intro content that prompts you to pay. Go directly to the Units.)

ASL 101 Tutorial: beginner level — Basic lessons offered for learners who are interested in learning ASL as a second language (L2) online. (ASL 101 - 15 lessons and a tutorial repository. Use the left side menu to navigate to the lessons.)

Living Language - ASL Paid Course — American Sign Language in-depth course for any level from beginner to advanced. (Behind paywall)

American Sign Language for Kids Resources — Resource for learning beginning ASL aimed at a child audience.

Apps for Learning ASL — List of the best apps for learning sign language.

Living Language — An introduction to American Sign Language for librarians: an essential tool for reaching more patrons while on the job.

Hand Speak — Sign language resources and extracurricular ASL materials for language+culture enthusiasts, ASL students, and learners, instructors and teachers, interpreters, homeschoolers, parents and professionals for practice or self-study.

Signing Savvy  

Learn basic sign language online —from (scroll down; videos of varying lengths)


Finding help:

DHS Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resources — Services and information to help Minnesotans who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing and their families. 

DHS Sign language interpreter referral — Direct link to MN Department of Human Services sign language interpreter referral.

DHS Telephone equipment distribution Program - The Telephone Equipment Distribution Program provides telephone equipment to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, speech impaired or have a physical disability and need adaptive equipment in order to use the phone. DHS loans the equipment at no cost for as long as you need the equipment.

National Association of the Deaf (NAD) — The NAD is the nation's premier civil rights organization of, by, and for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in the United States of America.

Service Organization Directory — Organizations of and for people who Are deaf and hard of hearing directory developed with information provided by each organization. All of the organizations are national and non-profit and provide information on people who are deaf and hard of hearing and/or specific professional or consumer areas of interest.


Interacting with people with hearing impairments:

MDHHS Deaf Culture and You Video — Illustrates the mainstays and nuances of Deaf Culture, with a focus on understanding the “whats and whys” as well as expectations.

MNDHS Communication Tips — Guidelines for effective face-to-face communication. (1 page)