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Children and Youth who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing   Tags: deaf, hard of hearing, hearing impaired, hearing impairments  

This guide offers information on education and communication for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Click on the tabs for information on each of the topics. Within each of the tabs are links to the listed resources, organizations, and services.
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Resources in Connecticut for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

The resources listed below provide information and referral or direct services to deaf and hard of hearing children and youth in Connecticut. These organizations are available to answer questions about deafness and related information, or refer individuals and their families to the most appropriate programs and services in their area. This is not a comprehensive list, but rather a starting point to help identify the different types of services available statewide. The State Office of Special Education provides information about local elementary and secondary programs for deaf and hard of hearing students. Clicking on any of these links will bring you to the individual organization's website.

  • A Guide to Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Connecticut
    Published by the Department of Rehabilitation Services: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, 2007. The GUIDE is designed for use by people with impaired hearing, their families and friends, as well as organizations and agencies that work with deaf and hard of hearing people. Included are community services through which Connecticut residents with hearing problems can find information, help, education or recreation specifically geared to their needs.
  • American School for the Deaf
    139 North Main Street West Hartford, CT 06107 (860) 570-2300 [Voice]; 860-570-2222 (TTY)

    ASD is a Connecticut State Department of Education approved special education program and is licensed for residential services by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families. ASD is also approved by the states of Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Vermont and New Hampshire. ASD provides comprehensive educational services to students from 110 Connecticut school districts (including our Birth-to-Three program).
  • ASD Family Lending Library
    American School for the Deaf, 139 N. Main St., W. Hartford, CT 06107

    Parents, guardians and friends of ASD are welcome to take advantage of our resource library with its vast collection of Children and informational books, sign language dictionaries and many other materials related to deafness. To check out materials from the Family Lending Library, you may either call the Family Education Services (FES) Office at 860-570-2371 (v/tty) or send a list with your request via mail or with your child.
  • Collegiate Education for Deaf & Hard of Hearing - Northwestern Connecticut Community College
    Park Place East, Winsted, CT 06098; (860) 738-6397 (voice/tty); (860) 469-3138 (voice/videophone)

    Post-Secondary Program: Northwestern Connecticut Community College offers support services and courses for students who are deaf and/or hard of hearing through the Collegiate Education for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program (CEDHH).
  • Connecticut Association of the Deaf
    CAD-P.O. Box 270539, West Hartford, CT 06127

    The mission of the Connecticut Association of the Deaf (CAD) as a state association is to promote, protect, and preserve the rights and quality of life of Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens of Connecticut.
  • Connecticut Commission on the Deaf and Hearing Impaired
    67 Prospect Avenue, 3rd Floor, W. Hartford, CT 06133 / Phone: 860-231-1690 TTY/Voice

    The Commission on the Deaf and Hearing Impaired (CDHI) was created by the Connecticut State Legislature in 1974 to advocate, strengthen and implement state policies affecting Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals and their relationship to the public, industry, health care, and educational opportunities. On July 1, 2011, CDHI merged into the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS).
  • Connecticut Council of Organizations Serving the Deaf
    The Connecticut Council of Organizations Serving the Deaf, Inc. has a basic objective that is to promote and serve the best interests and welfare of all Deaf citizens of Connecticut. The CCOSD serves as a catalyst for cooperative efforts and actions of its member organizations.
  • Connecticut Department of Social Services
    25 Sigourney Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5033; Toll free within CT (1-800-842-1508); Outside CT, (860) 424-4908; TTY 1-800-842-4524

    The Department of Social Services provides a broad range of services to the elderly, people with disabilities, families, and individuals who need assistance in maintaining or achieving their full potential for self-direction, self-reliance and independent living.
  • Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center
    338 Main Street, Niantic CT 06357 • (860) 739-3089 V/TDD • Toll Free 1-800-445-2722

    Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, Inc. (CPAC) is a statewide nonprofit organization that offers information and support to families of children with any disability or chronic illness, age birth to 26.
  • Connecticut Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
    PO Box 798, Southington, CT 06489
  • Connecticut State Department of Education - Bureau of Special Education
    P.O. Box 2219, Hartford, CT 06145-2219; (860) 713-6912

    The State Board of Education believes each student is unique and needs an educational environment that provides for, and accommodates, his or her strengths and areas of needed improvement. The Board also believes that a unified and coordinated continuum of educational opportunities and supports serves and benefits all students.
  • CREC Soundbridge
    Soundbridge is a regional program for children with hearing loss whose parents have chosen to give them the priceless gift of speech. Now in its 45th year, the program provides a full continuum of services designed to meet the varied needs of hearing- impaired children from birth to 21. Title IX Coordinators are Elizabeth Cole and Maura McGuire.
  • CT Birth to Three
    The mission of the Birth to Three System is to strengthen the capacity of families to meet the developmental and health-related needs of their infants and toddlers who have delays or disabilities.
  • CT Department of Public Health
    The earlier a child with hearing loss is identified, the less impact it will have on his or her development as that child learns to communicate.

  • CT Family Support Network
    If you are a parent or caregiver of a child with any type of disability, our Network is here to help! We offer support, referrals to agencies that serve children, trainings and presentations on a variety of “user friendly” topics, a voice that reaches the Governor and our State Legislature, family-to-family contacts, an informational list serve, and so much more.
  • Gallaudet University Regional Center - Northeast
    100 Elliott Street · Haverhill, MA 01830 · 978-556-3000; TTY 978-556-3701
  • Hands & Voices - Connecticut Chapter
    P.O. Box 210, Wethersfield, CT 06129-0210; Phone: 860-529-7766

    Hands & Voices is a parent driven, non-profit organization dedicated to providing unbiased support to families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Hear Here: Hartford Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America
    The mission of Hear Here is to empower teens and young adults to overcome their everyday life challenges associated with hearing loss.
  • Hearing Loss Association of America - SW Connecticut Chapter
    3030 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT. For more information: Browse our website, then contact Dick Smith, Chapter President. His email is
  • NECHEAR - New England Center for Hearing Rehabilitation
    We are a unique rehabilitation facility designed to meet the needs of infants, children, and adults with hearing loss and their families. Through aggressive auditory management, adults and children learn to maximize their residual hearing. In this family-friendly environment, auditory-verbal techniques are used to facilitate the acquisition of spoken language, thus following full integration into communities.
  • Relay Connecticut
    [ DIAL 7-1-1 ] A free public service for communication between standard (voice) users and persons who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind, and speech-disabled using text telephones (TTYs) or PCs via the Internet.
  • State Education Resource Center (SERC)
    25 Industrial Park Road · Middletown, CT 06457 · Phone: 860-632-1485

    SERC provides resources, professional development, and a centralized library to educators, families, and community members in collaboration with the Connecticut Department of Education and other partners.


Resources and listings in this LibGuide do not indicate approval or endorsement by SERC or the Connecticut State Department of Education.  The listings are provided solely as a resource of general information.

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