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#SignYourName: Raising Deaf Awareness

Two organizations launched the #SignYourNameChallenge project to raise awareness about deafness and sign language rights in Rwanda.

A Journey Into the Deaf World

Three scholars of Deaf culture offer insights into the U.S. Deaf community among people who use American Sign Language.

Accessibility barriers in healthcare for deaf people: Lit review 2000-2015

Fifteen years of research confirms that Deaf people experience more accessibility barriers in healthcare. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Accessibility for Everyone: Making Participation Inclusive

Are your meetings and documents accessible for everyone? This manual can help you ensure that everyone can participate fully.

Accessible education for deaf students at college in Manila

This study evaluates accessible support services and teaching methods used with Deaf students enrolled in a college in Manila, Philippines.

Accessible Emergency Broadcast Information in Japan

A technology service in Japan provides accessible emergency broadcast information for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Accessible Live Shows and Movies: GalaPro Phone App

Deaf people and blind people in Israel can use a phone app, GalaPro, to enjoy accessible live shows and movies with captions & amplification.

Accessible News and Information in American Sign Language

D-PAN’s mission is to provide accessible news and information for the U.S. Deaf and Hard of hearing community in American Sign Language (ASL)

Accessible Space Science for Deaf Students

How to provide accessible space science for Deaf students, students with other disabilities, and non-disabled students in the same class.

Accessing Information, Empowerment

The author explains how barriers in accessing information impact Deaf people. She shares her opinions on how to solve these barriers.

Accommodating Deaf Students in a University Classroom

Explains for professors about accommodating deaf students in a university classroom. Also explains accommodating blind students.

Achieving SDGs: Disability Inclusive? UN Flagship Report

Are programs for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) disability-inclusive? The United Nations reviews data, policies, programs.

Advocating for Deaf Awareness through the Media

Learn how to advocate with television, newspapers, and other media to raise Deaf awareness through the media.

Affordable hearing aids run on solar energy

The Solar Ear company helped bring affordable hearing aids to more than 60 countries. The aids cost $100 US dollars and use solar energy.

African Sign Languages: Overview of Situation in West Africa

Explains how Deaf education language policies impact the situation among West African sign languages. Case studies in Ghana, Nigeria, Mali.

African Sign Languages: Research, dictionaries, news

People use the African Sign Languages Portal to find research, dictionaries, and more about African sign languages.

All Children Benefit from Sign Language, Deaf or Hearing

According to research, all children benefit from sign language. Babies who are deaf or hard of hearing benefit. And so do hearing babies.

Ambassador of the Deaf Community: Miss & Mister Deaf International

The winner of the Miss & Mister Deaf International competition becomes Ambassador of the Deaf community who meets with important leaders.

APCD: Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability

The Asia-Pacfic Development Center on Disability (APCD) provides leadership training in the Asia-Pacifc region, including for Deaf people.

App for Learning South African Sign Language

A new, free online app for learning South African Sign Language called FingerTalk launched in 2015 with a dictionary and interactive quizzes.

Apply for Funding

The Mill Neck Foundation awards grants to organizations striving to improve the lives of Deaf people worldwide. MNI trains organizations how to plan, manage and evaluate a project from beginning to end, from the initial request for funding until the final evaluation of their programming.

Argentinean Sign Language Video Books

Deaf Argentine children learn to read through Argentinean Sign Language video books, with similar opportunities in Paraguay and Uruguay.

Asia Signs Database: Tool for linguistics researchers, teachers, students

The Asian SignBank (an Asia signs database) can help sign linguistics researchers, people teaching or learning sign language, and others.

ASL Literature for Children

Find videos with ASL literature for children, including songs and rhymes, stories, and poetry in American Sign Language.

Assistive Learning Technologies for Deaf Students

The book as a whole explains technology for students with disabilities in general. Chapter 4 focuses on assistive learning technologies with deaf students.

Assistive technologies for deaf-blind children

Provides publications, website links, PowerPoint slides, and other resources on assistive technologies for deaf-blind children.

Assistive Technology for Deaf Students

Guides teachers in deciding among options for assistive technology for deaf students in the classroom.

Assistive Technology in Education

Guides governments in improving policies and services to provide assistive technology in education to children with disabilities.

Assistive technology in Germany for deaf university students

New assistive technology in Germany helps deaf and hard of hearing students in university. A mobile phone app helps them understand lectures.

Basic Information About Deafness

Learn basic information about deafness and hearing loss. For people new to deafness, including parents, teachers, and other professionals.

Basic Information on Cochlear Implants

Many websites offer basic information on cochlear implants. Some are for families, others are for deaf adults. Browse these web links.

Basic information on hearing loss

Explains basic information on hearing loss and why some of the ideas you might have about hearing loss may be wrong.

Basic information on monitoring & evaluation

Explains basic information on monitoring & evaluation and guides you through process of evaluating a project with people with disabilities.

Basic introduction to Deaf culture

A basic introduction to what makes Deaf culture a culture. Primarily focuses on U.S. Deaf community for students of American Sign Language.

Best practices for educating deaf students

Learn the best practices for teaching literacy skills, or math and science, to deaf and hard of hearing students.

Best practices used in early intervention services

Summarizes research about early intervention services with deaf children and explains the best practices for helping them learn language.

Bilingual English/ASL education helps Deaf students learn

The study examines whether a bilingual English/ASL education helps Deaf students learn and do well in school.

Business Can Empower

Business can empower. One U.S. business provides sign interpreters and captions–and also does outreach and empowerment for Deaf people.

Capacity Building Manual

Trainers can use this manual to teach a capacity building training program for non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Capacity Building: The Basics

Explains what is capacity building and how it can help an organization grow and succeed.

Caribbean Sign Languages

Overview of the sign languages in the Caribbean region. Summarizes the influence of foreign sign languages. Mentions documentation.

Case Studies of Assistive Technology in Education

Describes two case studies of assistive technology in education in Bangladesh and Tanzania and guides governments in how to help.

CBM Representatives Meet Deaf Leaders from Vietnam

Two Deaf leaders from Vietnam, Huong and Linh, share what they know with two CBM staff members, Elizabeth Lockwood and Sian Tesni.

CBPR with Deaf American Sign Language users

Authors share lessons learned in using Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) with Deaf American Sign Language users in New York.

Celebrate Deaf People: In history and today

Learn about and celebrate deaf people and their achievements, both throughout history and also today. Focuses on Americans.

Central African Republic Deaf People

Learn about the situation of Central African Republic Deaf people in education and employment. The six-minute video has captions in English.

Child Development in Mainstream School

Learn about child development in mainstream school and how this impacts language and academic skills for Deaf students.

Children with disabilities in child development programs

Learn long-term strategies to improve participation and outcomes for children with disabilities in child development programs.

Cochlear Implant Experience: What happens after turning it on?

A deaf audiology student process of turning on a cochlear implant for the first time. She also shares her own cochlear implant experience.

Collecting Disability Data: Standard Questions and Methodology

The Washington Group on Disability Statistics has standard questions, strategies for collecting disability data. Their website has guidance.

Colombia Video Relay Service

In Colombia, deaf people can use free sign language interpreters via the Colombia video relay service to help with phone calls.

Comic strip “That Deaf Guy”

Online comic strip, “That Deaf Guy”, shows humorous events in the life of an ordinary deaf man and his family.

Communicating with deaf client at your service agency

How do you communicate with your new deaf client at your service agency? This toolkit provides guidance for counselors and professionals.

Communicating with Deaf Students

Advice for teachers on communicating with Deaf students, either directly or with the assistance of a sign interpreter.

Communication access and an education

First, their parents fought for their communication access and an education. A generation later, a Deaf man and his wife have the same fight.

Create and Fund Deaf Organizations

How do you create and fund Deaf organizations? Two tool kits for disability rights advocates, including Deaf people, can help you learn how.

Critical self-reflection in research: teaching student researchers

The author says that teachers & students in mixed method research will improve if they begin with critical self-reflection about assumptions.

CRPD Advocacy Toolkit

The CRPD Advocacy Toolkit summarizes the CRPD and explains why it matters. The first section might help trainers explain the CRPD to others.

CRPD for Deaf people

Explains parts of the CRPD that mention deaf people or sign language. May be useful as an introduction to the CRPD for deaf people.

CRPD Handbook: Detailed analysis of CRPD and its history

This CRPD handbook provides detailed analysis of all 50 articles in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

CRPD Shadow Reports: Improving Deaf Rights Implementation

This guidance document explains how disability rights organizations, and Deaf organizations, can collaborate to write CRPD shadow reports.

CRPD Training Manual

Trainers can use this CRPD training manual to teach others about the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Deaf accessibility at the University of Alabama, USA

Read the story of Deaf student Kent Schaefer and his experiences with Deaf accessibility at the University of Alabama in the United States.

Deaf Accessibility in India

Thusar and Babloo talks about accessibility for deaf people in India

Deaf adult role models and their experiences with children, families

What are the experiences of deaf adult role models? And how do these experiences impact them? Five focus groups help answer these questions.

Deaf African Women Leaders

Three strong Deaf African women leaders have a message they want to share with other Deaf women around the world! From Ghana and Togo.

Deaf Albanians: Access to information, education, employment

Do deaf Albanians have opportunity to access information, education, employment, or public services? A survey helps answer these questions.

Deaf and disability in the media: Representation and inclusion

Explains why deaf and disabled people rarely appear in the media and why that should change. Provides recommendations on how to change it.

Deaf and disabled people in Bolivia: Human rights monitoring report

Deaf and disabled people in Bolivia experience human rights crimes. A team did a project to learn more about their experiences and the laws.

Deaf and Disabled Women Resource Kit

Learn the situation of Deaf and disabled women around the world. And read some ideas for how women with disabilities can change society.

Deaf athletes globally: ICSD organizing and promoting sports

The International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) organizes the international Deaflympics & other events for deaf athletes globally.

Deaf Australians in Different Jobs

Watch these two videos to see many deaf Australians in different jobs. For example, they include a dental nurse, a teacher, a chef and more.

Deaf awareness and empowerment in Rwanda

The local deaf community promotes deaf awareness and empowerment in Rwanda, Africa. They want national recognition of Rwanda Sign Language.

Deaf Awareness for Canadian Media

In Canada, the government helps raise awareness about people with disabilities, including raising deaf awareness for Canadian media.

Deaf Awareness, Deaf Ministry

Explains Deaf awareness and what “hearing privilege” is. Also provides examples of Deaf empowerment in U.S. church communities.

Deaf children and language deprivation: Common everywhere

Many deaf children experience language deprivation. Article summarizes the situation around the world, but with an emphasis on the U.S.

Deaf children in a mainstream early childhood program

Learn strategies for how teachers can meet the needs of deaf children in a mainstream early childhood program.

Deaf children need Deaf adults

The author argues that the most important thing is that Deaf children need Deaf adults as role models and as professionals working with them.

Deaf children need early visual language

The author explains why deaf children need early visual language and recommends using both signed and spoken language.

Deaf children need sign language, with or without cochlear implants

Author explains research on sign language for deaf children. Says all deaf children need sign language, with or without cochlear implants.

Deaf children relate to deaf character in El Deafo.

Deaf children feel a connection with the deaf character in El Deafo. The novel is an autobiography by deaf author Cece Bell.

Deaf Chilean Women learn HIV/AIDS Information via Videos

A series of videos in Chilean Sign Language and Spanish captions is helping Deaf Chilean women learn HIV/AIDS information.

Deaf communities and international sign

Deaf communities have evolved a flexible language, “international sign”, which allows them to improvise communication.

Deaf communities and signed languages in five continents

Twenty-four researchers studied Deaf communities and signed languages in five continents. They explain the history of the signed languages.

Deaf communities in Bangalore, India

Deaf communities in Bangalore are separate from each other based on education, training, and sign language skills. Research and analysis.

Deaf Communities in Southern Asia

Provides an overview of Deaf communities in Southern Asia. Focuses on India and Nepal. Summarizes experiences in urban and rural areas.

Deaf community empowered in Namibia

A project in Namibia built local capacity in Deaf education and Namibian Sign Language. As a result, the Deaf community empowered itself.

Deaf couple own pottery business in Senegal

A deaf couple in Senegal own a pottery business in which they create and sell pottery from their home. They were childhood sweethearts.

Deaf Development Program in Cambodia

The Deaf Development Program in Cambodia works to empower deaf people in education, language, employment, and community.

Deaf Education in Zimbabwe and Teacher Trainees

The authors summarize the history of deaf education in Zimbabwe and study the attitudes of teacher trainees toward sign language.

Deaf elected politicians who use sign language in office

Learn about 17 Deaf politicians around the world. Most are members of parliament, a couple are city mayors. All use sign language.

Deaf entrepreneurs and other case stories

Projects in different countries helped people with disabilities, including Deaf entrepreneurs, get jobs and escape poverty.

Deaf Equality in Gaza City

Watch three interviews about deaf equality in Gaza City. The people in the video are at the Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children.

Deaf Ethiopian youth empowerment

Deaf Ethiopian youth experience many challenges. But they also have opportunities for advocacy, education, and empowerment.

Deaf Ethiopians: New opportunities for education, training

Visions Global Empowerment is working with local deaf leaders to promote deaf education and vocational training for Deaf Ethiopians.

Deaf Friendly Bank in Bahrain

One bank in the country Bahrain is now a deaf-friendly bank. Staff at the Al Baraka Islamic Bank have learned a little Bahraini Sign Language.

Deaf History International association: Study, preservation, dissemination

The Deaf History International association connects people interested in Deaf history globally. Studies, preserves, disseminates Deaf history.

Deaf Human Trafficking Victims: Why they are targets, how to help

Slavery never ended: today, we call it human trafficking. Author explains why deaf women human trafficking victims are often targets.

Deaf identity and empowerment as response to discrimination

Does the strength of Deaf identity increase Deaf people’s use of empowerment as a response to discrimination? Doctoral thesis.

Deaf Inclusion in Cross-Disability work

Learn how people with different disabilities cooperated to establish a national cross-disability council in Myanmar, including deaf people.

Deaf indigenous epistemology, for researchers

How can researchers use deaf indigenous epistemology as analytical tool for learning about diverse deaf people within the deaf community?

Deaf International Development Professionals: Joshua Josa

Watch Joshua Josa, a Deaf man, explain how he started his career in the international development field. In ASL with English captions.

Deaf International Development university program

Learn about a university program in the United States that teaches professionals about Deaf international development.

Deaf Law Students: Juventus Duroinaah & Vianney Sierralta Aracena

Advocates around the world are fighting for Deaf rights–and some are lawyers. Two Deaf law students tell their stories.

Deaf Leadership in International Development

A panel of Deaf professionals in the international development field share their insights about deaf leadership in international development.

Deaf Learners in Malaysia

This study analyzes the experiences of four Deaf learners in Malaysia primary schools and two Deaf adults who have finished school.

Deaf Libyan Voters Empowered by Sign Language

Deaf Libyan voters use a sign language dictionary on elections and politics to empower themselves. Available in a video, phone app, or PDF.

Deaf Nigerian Children: Need for early diagnosis, more research

Authors believe screening programs should diagnose deaf Nigerian children earlier. They also want more research on Nigerian sign language.

Deaf Nigerians: No healthcare, education, or jobs can be fatal

Poor healthcare, sometimes resulting in death. No education and no jobs. These are some challenges shared in common among Deaf Nigerians.

Deaf patients in Germany

In Germany, the law requires health insurance to pay for sign language interpreters for deaf patients. But, do deaf patients in Germany know?

Deaf patients in the UK: Confronting ignorance and accessibility barriers

Deaf patients in the UK confront ignorance and accessibility barriers when they seek healthcare. Older Deaf people experience isolation.

Deaf people and HIV/AIDS in Zambia

They are the first to have HIV, but the last to know about it: Learn about the situation of Deaf people and HIV/AIDS in Zambia.

Deaf people are healthcare professionals

A small but growing number of deaf people are healthcare professionals. Read a story about one deaf nursing student in the United States.

Deaf People as Interpreters: What they are, How they work

A team of five authors explain what deaf people working as interpreters are, what kind of work they do, in what situations they work, etc. 

Deaf people during natural disasters

Summarizes literature about Deaf people in Haiti. Explains the situation of Deaf people during natural disasters. Makes recommendations.

Deaf People in Developing Countries

Deaf people in developing countries experience more challenges than in high-income countries. Author Barbara Earth summarizes the literature.

Deaf people in Healthcare in South Africa

Can Deaf people access good healthcare without sign language? The authors analyze a case study and respond “no”. Discusses international law.

Deaf people in Mumbai, India: Communication Strategies

Watch as six deaf people in Mumbai, India, South Asia use many strategies to communicate with hearing people. One of the six is deafblind.

Deaf people in sub-Saharan Africa

Summarizes the situation of Deaf people in the Sub-Saharan African region, highlighting both the many challenges and the signs of progress.

Deaf people in Uganda: Identity and Diversity

What kind of life experiences do deaf people have in Uganda? Also, how do they identify? A qualitative study attempts to answer.

Deaf People’s Technology Preferences in the United States

What are U.S. Deaf people’s technology preferences? What do they use most? And what’s accessible? Researchers conducted a national survey.

Deaf restaurant in Gaza strip raises deaf awareness

In one Deaf restaurant in the Gaza strip, people can use sign language to order their meals. At Atfaluna restaurant, most staff are deaf.

Deaf rights comics: An advocacy tool

Comics can help organizations raise deaf awareness or advocate in the local community. This guide will help you learn how to create comics.

Deaf Rights in South Korea

Watch an interview with Hee-Kyung Cho “Choy” about the situation of deaf rights in South Korea in the year 2009.

Deaf Scholars in Deaf Studies Conference Videos

Watch videos of every session of a conference on the role of Deaf scholars in Deaf studies. The conference was in June 2017.

Deaf Self-Advocacy Training Toolkit

Deaf and deafblind trainers can use this toolkit to teach other deaf and deafblind people how to advocate for their right to a sign language interpreter.

Deaf Social Movement

The author explains the history of the Deaf social movement in U.S. society and how the movement expressed its ideas and empowered itself.

Deaf Space Research

How does architecture affect deaf & hearing student interaction? What makes a place “Deaf Space”? Author used Participatory Research.

Deaf student interactions with hearing students

A review of 21 studies found that students experience challenges during deaf student interactions with hearing students.

Deaf Students’ Opinions on Inclusive Education

Deaf students’ opinions on inclusive education in Northern Ireland and Sweden reveal that they are happier when schools use sign language.

Deaf Studies and Education

The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal for basic and applied research related to Deaf people.

Deaf Ugandans Learning Sign Language

In 2014, the TV show Unreported World produced a special episode about deaf Ugandans learning sign language for the first time.

Deaf Unit in Egypt: Deaf primary school students & families

The Deaf Unit in Cairo, Egypt teaches deaf primary school students. They also teache sign language to parents, families, and communities.

Deaf US versus Deaf UK

What do you learn when you compare Deaf US versus Deaf UK? Author visits United States and recommends changes in the United Kingdom.

Deaf woman entrepreneur: Susan in Zambia Phone Center

Women with disabilities worldwide are using business to lift themselves out of poverty. One is Susan, a Deaf woman entrepreneur in Zambia.

Deaf women becoming self employed: Economic Freedom in South Africa

A project in South Africa empowers Deaf and hearing women to become self employed. It provides training in business management, and more.

Deaf Women in U.S. History

Author Lydia Callis explains why people should celebrate Deaf women in U.S. history. She provides examples of how Deaf women impact history.

Deaf Women Leaders in Ghana, Africa: Empowerment, Advancement

Deaf women leaders are active in Ghana. And they are helping other deaf women learn to be leaders too. Watch interview of two leaders.

Deaf women making health and motherhood decisions

A project in Argentina helps Deaf women making health and motherhood decisions through videos and workshops in Argentinean sign language.

Deaf Women United: U.S. organization of Deaf women

Deaf Women United provides resources to connect U.S. Deaf women to empowerment through advocacy, education, and outreach.

Deaf Women’s Rights and Health: A Literature Review

Summarizes what the literature says about deaf women’s rights and health around the world. Available in International Sign video.

Deaf-accessible films and festivals: Filmmaker shares lessons learned

Learn how to make deaf-accessible films and festivals. A filmmaker, Maya Washington, shares lessons she learned screening a film globally.

Deaf-Deaf SAME: Deaf professionals and researchers

If a development professional or researcher is Deaf, how does this impact their relationship with Deaf communities in developing countries?

Deaf-Same or Deaf-Different?

Is it “deaf-same” or “deaf-different”? Read experience of Deaf trainers providing leadership training to Deaf people in Nigeria, Ghana.

DeafKidz International

DeafKidz International promotes rights, self advocacy, & job skills of deaf children. Also promotes access to technology & child health care.

Deafness and Communication Skills in Mongolia and Nepal

This article describes research about deafness and communication skills in Mongolia and Nepal. It tells the stories of deaf children growing.

Deafness and Education International Journal

Deafness & Education International is a peer-reviewed journal for educators involved with the education of young deaf students.

DeafNet Africa Conference 2016 Report: Empowerment, knowledge

This report summarizes the exchange of knowledge at the Deafnet Africa Conference in 2016. Deaf education, human rights, etc.

Deafway in UK, Nepal, and Uganda

Deafway, a UK-based organization, works with Deaf communities in the UK, Uganda, and Nepal. They value Deaf culture and signed languages.

Develop a sustainability plan: financial, organizational, and programmatic

Learn to develop a sustainability plan that addresses three types of “sustainability”: financial, institutional/organizational, programmatic.

Development 101 Class on Disability Inclusion by USAID

Is your international development program as disability inclusive as it should? Take a “Disability-Inclusive Development 101” class online.

Development Empowers Deaf People

Does development empower Deaf people in Namibia? Researchers interviewed people to answer this question. With caveats, the answer is yes.

Diagnosing deaf infants in Nigeria

This article describes a study about diagnosing deaf infants in a community-based immunology clinic in Lagos, Nigeria.

Disability and Deaf Role Models

These posters explains the history of 45 people with disabilities, including deaf role models, who achieved something important.

Disability and media collaboration: Training manual

Guides trainers in providing training program on disability inclusion in the media. Deaf, disability and media collaboration is essential.

Disability Rights Promotion International: Monitoring Disability Rights

Disability Rights Promotion International (DRPI) helps disability organizations learn to watch (monitor) the disability rights situation.

Disability-Inclusive Disaster Planning

Learn from the example of a flood-prone region of Bangladesh that has successfully implemented disability-inclusive disaster planning.

Disability-inclusive education in Africa: Toolkit for educators, governments

This learning module teaches users about disability-inclusive education in Africa and how to improve education for children with disabilities.

Disability-inclusive, Deaf-inclusive communications

Learn how to create disability-inclusive, Deaf-inclusive communications that is accessible and respectful and reaches everyone.

Don’t give “Nana Gifts”

Lesson learned? Ask people want they want and need. Imagine how excited your home community will be knowing that they are collecting goods which will be appreciated and used to make a real difference in people’s lives. Don’t send “Nana gifts.” Ask first.

Early intervention with Deaf babies

Different experts explain early intervention with deaf babies, toddlers, and their families, for the professionals who work with them.

Educação bilingue para surdos na província de Huíla-Lubango-Angola

Este artigo é sobre educação bilingue para surdos na província de Huíla-Lubango-Angola. (Em portuguesa e Língua de sinais de Angola)

Education Options for Deaf Children

Explains for parents in the United States what education options for deaf children are available. Has some relevance for other countries too.

Enabling Deaf Students to Succeed in University

Provides guidance for enabling Deaf students to succeed in university, with explanation of different technologies that can help.

Engaging Deaf People in Politics

How an international organization encouraged Deaf people in Guinea, Georgia, and the Dominican Republic to participate in elections.

Ethical issues for research with Deaf communities

The authors of this article say that most codes of ethics for researchers do not address ethical issues for research with Deaf communities.

Ethiopian Deaf Women Empowerment: Project livelihoods and leadership

An Ethiopian project is helping Deaf women gain empowerment. The women are starting their own businesses and becoming leaders.

Ethiopian Deaf Women Entrepreneurs: Five case studies in Addis Ababa

The International Labour Organization shares the stories of five Ethiopian deaf women entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs with other disabilities.

Ethnic Minority Deaf People in London, United Kingdom

Author George Taylor researched the needs of ethnic minority deaf people in London, United Kingdom. Has recommendations for empowerment.

EUD Position Paper: International Sign

European Union of the Deaf (EUD) Position Paper describes International Sign and explains their position on national & intl sign languages.

Evaluating projects again

What can we learn when we evaluate projects again years later? How can this help us improve other projects we do? And how to do it?

Fact Sheet on Deafness by World Health Organization (WHO)

What is deafness? What causes it? How does it impact people? What can help? This fact sheet on deafness from WHO addresses these questions.

Families and deaf children: Transforming lives and communities

Parents and families of deaf children can transform lives and communities. This manual explains how to help them do that, with case studies.

Family-centered education: Two families, two stories

Family-centered education helped two families in New Mexico, USA, support the education of their Deaf children.

Fighting Corruption in Honduras: Deaf Inclusion

Both Deaf and hearing people in Honduras are reading comic strips to learn about corruption in Honduras and how to stop it.

Financial sustainability plan

Explains how an organization can develop a financial sustainability plan. Helps with brainstorming ideas for raising money, other resources.

Find deaf blogs and vlogs through Deaf Read site

The Deaf Read website can help you find many deaf blogs and vlogs, sharing stories by deaf people in different countries.

Finding deaf characters in children’s literature

These resources can help people with finding deaf characters in children’s literature. The books are for readers aged 8 to 18.

Finding deaf people abroad: 5 tips for international travelers

If you want to make new deaf friends in every country you visit, watch this video: Deafintely Wanderlust explains finding deaf people abroad

Finding DeafBlind Organizations

These web pages will help you find organizations of, and for, DeafBlind people around the world. Most major regions are covered.

Finding Local Deaf Organizations

Learn advice for finding local Deaf organizations in the country you want by starting at the top with international organizations.

Finding Local Disability Organizations

Guidance for finding local disability organizations. Some cross-disability organizations are inclusive of deaf people, others are learning.

Five answers for your grant’s sustainability plan

How will your project survive after the current grant funds run out? Here are 5 ideas for creating your grant’s sustainability plan.

For Parents of Deaf Children

The website, Raising Deaf Kids, is for parents of deaf children. Learn how to communicate with your child and how they will grow.

Fostering local sign language and leadership

Expert international volunteer worker Kirk Van Gilder talks about the importance of fostering local sign language and leadership rather than imposing your own sign language.

Four Deaf Entertainers: Documentary, “See What I’m Saying”

Learn about a documentary on four deaf entertainers in the United States and their attempts to break into mainstream entertainment.

Free academic literature on disability in education

Free academic literature on disability in education available at Disability and Equity in Education Commons. Includes articles on deafness.

Gender-based violence against deaf women: Best practices and learned lessons

Describes examples of programs that successfully reduced gender-based violence against deaf or disabled women. Best-practice stories.

Goals for deaf and disability rights in Asia: The Incheon Strategy

Countries in the Asian Pacific region have set goals for improving deaf and disability rights in Asia. The Incheon Strategy explains them.

Good Education through Sign Language

This 5-minute video from Human Rights Watch explains that educators for Deaf students can achieve a good education through sign language.

Governments can engage Deaf citizens

Governments can engage Deaf citizens who sign by using sign language interpreters in all public government information and communications.

Guidance for doctors and other professionals advising parents

Guidance for doctors and other professionals advising parents on how to help their deaf or hard of hearing child learn language.

Guidance for new teachers of young deaf students

You are starting your career, and you need guidance for new teachers of young deaf students. This guide is a start.

Guidance for Policy Makers on Disability-Inclusive ICT in Education

This manual provides guidance for policy makers on developing policy that will help ensure disability-inclusive ICT in education.

Guide for Disability Inclusion in Education

How policy makers can make the school system in their country more inclusive of students with disabilities.

Guides on Classroom Interpreting for Deaf Students

Six guides on classroom interpreting for deaf students can guide interpreters, administrators, and others in helping them access language.

Haiti Deaf Community and Sign Language: First official description

The first known description of the Haiti Deaf community and sign language, in collaboration between Deaf Haitians and American linguists.

Hard of hearing youth: Organizing internationally for rights

The International Federation of Hard of Hearing Young People (IFHOHYP) promotes inclusion & rights for hard of hearing youth around the world.

Have you ever assumed wrong? I did…

I looked at the seven statues of St. John on the shelf and asked them all for help. I had made it clear earlier that this money was theirs to spend as they wanted, so I had to shut up and be disappointed seeing them buy paper goods that would be used once and tossed away…for what?

Health for UK Deaf People

This report explores the question of health for UK deaf people 2010 and 2011. Do barriers to healthcare lead to poorer health?

Health professionals should advise parents to use sign language

Read the evidence: Why health professionals should advise parents to use sign language with their deaf children–even with cochlear implants.

Healthcare professionals with deaf patients: Guidance & case studies

This handbook guides healthcare professionals in working with deaf patients, or with deafblind patients. Includes case studies.

Hearing aids are not perfect

Explains why hearing aids are not perfect. They help some people some of the time, but hearing aids also are limited.

Hearing and Deaf Kids Connecting

In one school in Zimbabwe, Africa, hearing students and deaf students didn’t interact. But one day, that changed–hearing and deaf kids connected.

Help a Deaf Student Understand

How can teachers help a deaf student understand what is happening in the classroom? This article provides general advice.

Help Deaf or Hard of Hearing Students in University

Learn how a university can help deaf or hard of hearing students succeed and pursue a university degree in the same school with hearing students.

Helping deaf access information: Sign translation by computer

In Austria, technology helps deaf people access information. A software system uses a digital avatar to translate content to sign language.

Hotels and Deaf Guests

How can hotels be more friendly to Deaf guests? A training session helped professionals learn, a national conference helped them practice.

How one library provides services to people with disabilities

Explains how one library in the United States provides services to people with disabilities with examples of technology that can help.

How pediatricians can advise parents of deaf babies

When a child is born deaf, decisions can be overwhelming. The authors give guidance on how pediatricians can advise parents of deaf babies.

How to certify sign language interpreters

Not all fluent signers are good sign language interpreters. Learn how your country can certify sign language interpreters.

How to Change Society and Change Laws

Learn how individual people and organizations can change society and change laws for Deaf people and people with disabilities.

How to develop a sustainability plan

Provides detailed, step-by-step guidance on how to develop a sustainability plan for an organization. A team can work on this together.

Human Rights for Deaf people: International and Ontario, Canada laws

Explains international laws, national laws in Canada, and provincial laws in Ontario, Canada that affects human rights for deaf people.

Human rights situation of women and girls with disabilities

Summarizes the human rights situation of women and girls with disabilities and the challenges they face in developing countries.

Humanity & Inclusion (HI): Supporting people with disabilities

Humanity & Inclusion (HI) works with people with disabilities in about 60 countries. The organization also sometimes works with Deaf people.

I Was Laughed At For My Disability, Until I Became A UN Volunteer

Rupmani Chhetri is the first Deaf woman from India to become an international UN volunteer. Read her story about her work in Ukraine.

Ideas for “icebreaker” activities with new groups

Learn ideas for “icebreaker” activities. These are activities that will help a new group learn about each other and work well together.

Identifying hearing loss in newborn babies in developing countries

On identifying hearing loss in newborn babies, why this is still not happening in many developing countries, and how to solve this.

Important for deaf children to learn sign language

Watch teachers and parents explain why they believe it is important for deaf children to learn sign language. Vea a los maestros y padres explicar por qué creen que es importante que los niños sordos aprendan el Lengua de Señas.

Improve collaboration with Deaf communities in developing countries

How can researchers and organizations improve collaboration with Deaf communities in developing countries? Best practice and learned lessons.

Including Deaf Children in Early Childhood Education

Review the research on including Deaf children in early childhood education programs and the recommendations for program administrators.

Inclusion for Deaf and hard of hearing students

Learn strategies to make schools and classrooms more disability inclusive, with inclusion for Deaf and hard of hearing students too.

India Sign Language Rights

The authors discuss the situation of India sign language rights in international and domestic laws and in deaf education.

Information on Deafness for Parents

Provides information on deafness for parents, including how to raise Deaf children who are young, or school aged, or almost adults.

Innovations in Deaf Studies

The authors contributing to this anthology explore the role of deaf scholars in the field of Deaf Studies.

International Conference of Deaf Muslims (Triannually)

Two international conferences of Deaf Muslims took place in 2013 and 2016. The third was to be in late 2019.

International Deaf Emergency: Disaster preparation, relief, recovery

International Deaf Emergency, Inc., (IDE) provides pre-disaster preparation, rescue & relief, and post-disaster reconstruction and recovery.

International Deaf Mobility Research

A team of researchers share what they learned from researching issues related to international deaf mobility, including travel and sign.

International Human Rights Laws for Deaf Children

Learn about different international human rights laws that advocates and policy makers can use to protect the rights of Deaf children.

International Volunteer Work: Considerations entering a community overseas as a Deaf woman

Norma discusses considerations entering a community overseas as a Deaf woman, as a Deaf person and then when there, how to work well with people you are there to assist.

Is the “Deaf” experience universal?

Is the “Deaf” experience universal? How do Deaf people from different countries relate? The authors analyze experiences in Ghana and India.

Jordan video emergency line: Calling for help in sign

You need the ambulance or police. How do you call for help? Deaf people in Jordan use a video emergency line to communicate in sign language.

Journal Articles on Inclusive Education

The International Journal of Inclusive Education provides 20 years of peer-reviewed journal articles on inclusive education.

Julius Shemang: Deaf Nigerian Journalist and Disability Rights Advocate

A deaf journalist in Nigeria, Julius Shemang, advocates for better disability rights laws, media coverage of disability, and deaf awareness.

Kenyan Deaf Professionals

Watch a series of interviews with Kenyan deaf professionals. These include a school teacher, a university professor, a dancer, and many more.

Kiribati Sign Language Awareness Week

Watch as the Deaf community of the remote Republic of Kiribati celebrate Kiribati Sign Language Awareness Week in 2016.

Language justice as sign language rights for Deaf people

The author argues that signing Deaf communities need language justice: in other words, they need protection for their sign language rights.

Language Policy in Deaf Education

What language should schools use when teaching deaf students? The authors summarize the research about language policy in deaf education.

Latina Woman in Kenya

What does it mean to be a proud Latina woman in Kenya–a country that does not recognize your identity? Watch Norma Moran’s story.

Leaders’ use of interpreters

What can interpreters learn from deaf leaders’ use of sign language interpreters? Researchers interviewed 14 deaf leaders in 7 countries

Learn to advocate for better lives: Self-advocacy training

This training manual can help deaf and disabled people learn to advocate for better lives for themselves and others. Teaches human rights.

Learning sign language together

Families in Austria are learning sign language together. Bilingual teachers play games and songs in German and Austrian Sign Language.

Learning signs early helps deaf children read

Comparing literacy skills among four groups of children in four countries helps conclude that learning signs early helps deaf children read.

Legal Knowledge for Deaf Chileans

A Deaf American lawyer, Michael Steven Stein, describes his attempts to improve access to legal knowledge for Deaf Chileans.

Legal recognition of Sign Language: Path to Sign Language Rights?

Some advocates believe legal recognition of sign language protects sign language rights. But are they correct? Various authors discuss.

Legal Right to Language

The authors argue that state constitutions should protect a legal right to language for deaf children. Analyzes U.S. and international law.

Legislating Disability Employment Opportunity

Learn how to write laws that enable people with disabilities, including Deaf and hard of hearing people, to compete for employment.

Lessons learned through Travel – Thank you but no thank you?

Typically when you travel to another country with different norms than yours, you learn lessons the hard way.

Letting deaf people be the leaders

Clarissa from Macau talks about a problem we see worldwide – deaf people not having the chance to lead.

Library of Resources for Deaf-Blind Children

This digital library of resources for deaf-blind children provides an extensive collection helpful for teachers, parents, and others.

Lisa Ramansar from Trinidad Interview with Deaf Caribbean News

Caribbean Deaf News interviews with Lisa Ramansar from Trinidad. She grew up without sign language then learned to sign as an adult.

Literacy Skills for Deaf Jamaican Students

A three-year project from 2017 to 2020 is using Jamaican Sign Language to improve literacy skills for Deaf Jamaican students.

Local University in Zambia to Accept Deaf Law Students

Frank Musukwa explains how Deaf organizations in Zambia advocated with local universities to ask them to enroll Deaf law students.

Long-term organizational sustainability plan

How will your organization survive 5, 10, 20 years from now? This guide can help develop your long-term organizational sustainability plan.

Making Classroom Lectures Accessible for Deaf Students

A university in France experimented with how to use technology to make classroom lectures accessible for Deaf students and hard of hearing students.

Making Content Accessible for Deaf Learners

Learn different ways for making content accessible for deaf learners or for students with other kinds of disabilities.

Malu from Chile

Malu, who has taught Chilean Sign Language to Deaf children, describes her experience in the first leadership school for Deaf women in Chile.

Manual for Training Women Leaders

Use this manual to train women leaders with disabilities, including women who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind.

Manual on Sign Language Work

This manual on sign language work explains strategies for doing successful sign language work and some of the issues to think about.

Mask of Benevolence

The Mask of Benevolence analyzes how medical, education, and other professionals often harm Deaf people even when they’re trying to help

Media reporting on disability: Guidance for professionals

Media either ignores, or stereotypes, people with disabilities and deaf people. This guide for media reporting on disability can help.

Mexico Laws for Deaf People

Mexico has many laws important for Deaf people and people with disabilities. Learn more about Mexico laws for Deaf people.

MNI Partner Organizations Celebrate the International Week of the Deaf 2018

Deaf organizations around the world including MNI partner organizations celebrate the International Week of the Deaf!

MNI Working with CHAVITA, Tanzania Assn of the Deaf, in Eastern Africa

MNI works with CHAVITA, the Tanzania Association of the Deaf. CHAVITA is training Deaf people in advocating with local government.

MNI Works with Nawalparasi Association of the Deaf in Nepal, South Asia

MNI staff works with the Nawalparasi Association of the Deaf in Nepal, South Asia, to observe and assist with their empowerment training workshop.

MNI Works with Nellie Zabel Foundation in Chile

Mill Neck International works with Nellie Zabel Foundation as they launch their first leadership school for Deaf women in Chile.

Mobile Sign Language Survey: Concept for research with Deaf people

How can non-signing researchers include signing Deaf people in their research? Author proposes concept for mobile-based sign language survey.

Monitor and Evaluate for Sustainability

Monitoring and evaluation may help your organization be more sustainable. Learn how to monitor and evaluate for sustainability.

Monitor CRPD implementation: Watch how governments follow the CRPD

Explains the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) & how to monitor CRPD implementation. Do governments follow CRPD?

Monitoring deaf and disability rights: Watching human rights

This manual guides organizations in monitoring deaf and disability rights in their country. This is a way to document and track problems.

Muslim Deaf community organization in Texas, U.S.

The Islamic Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing works to empower the Muslim Deaf community in Texas, United States.

National and Regional Youth Leaders in Ghana

Meet national and regional youth leaders in Ghana. Two are experienced national leaders, two are newly elected leaders in the Central region.

Never Met Another Deaf Person: Deaf Children, Remote Villages

Deaf children and families living in remote villages in Ghana had never met another deaf person. Robert Sampana transformed their lives.

New Zealand Sign Language community: Survey on policies, accessibility

What policies and accessibility barriers affect New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) community members? Researchers conducted a survey.

News: Deaf Jamaicans Sell Coffee

In one coffee shop, Deaf Jamaicans sell coffee to hearing people–and also help them learn how to communicate with Deaf people.

Nontraditional ethical issues in assistive technology research

The author says sometimes researchers confront nontraditional ethical issues in research on assistive technology in a developing country.

Online education to train new teachers in deaf education

Some universities use online education to train new teachers in deaf education. The article shares the experience of one such program in United States.

Opinion on Inclusive Education

Several authors in the 1990s wrote a series of opinion pieces that oppose placing all Deaf students in an “inclusive education” environment.

Organization for bilingual early childhood education

This organization is for professionals who develop, manage, and coordinate bilingual early childhood programs using ASL and English.

Organizations show donors they are valuable

A project in the United Kingdom helped Deaf and disabled people’s organizations show donors they are valuable.

Other ways to assess the skills of deaf and hard of hearing students

This study looks at different ways that U.S. educators assess the skills of deaf and hard of hearing students.

Parents should learn sign language, says Canadian mother

A mother of a deaf girl in Canada believes other parents should learn sign language, too. She believes her whole family is happier with sign.

Participatory Design Social App

How do deaf students in Brazil use the Facebook application in mobile phones? How can one develop a participatory design social app for them?

Participatory Planning Step by Step

Learn how to use participatory planning step by step. The expert facilitates while the community decides what problems to solve and how.

Passing the Filipino Sign Language Act

The president of the Philippines Federation of the Deaf explains the process for passing the Filipino Sign Language Act.

Phone apps for movie accessibility

In Germany, people who are deaf or blind use phone apps for movie accessibility. This helps them watch the same movies as everyone else.

Plan a sustainable project with volunteers

Learn how to plan a sustainable project, build organizational capacity, manage volunteers, raise funds, and partner with other organizations.

Poor Health Care for Deaf Sign Language Users in the US

The authors describe issues that cause poor health care for deaf sign language users and propose how public health workers can address them.

Prepare for international careers

How can young adults with disabilities prepare for international careers? Includes quotes from a deaf woman in international development.

Providing Care for Deaf Patients: Guide for Healthcare Workers

This guide can help medical care professionals with providing the best care for deaf patients by removing communication barriers.

Quota International: Empowering women, children, deaf & hard of hearing people

Quota International empowers women and children around the world. Also people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech difficulties.

Raising Awareness for Deaf Workers

A series of public service announcements on U.S. media educate people about workers with disabilities and raising awareness for deaf workers.

Raising deaf children in Chile: The experiences of parents

Watch as parents share their experiences raising deaf children in Chile. In Spanish and Chilean Sign Language with Spanish captions.

Reach Malta police via Facebook Messenger: Emergency communication

People can now reach the Malta police in text via Facebook Messenger. And they can do this even in emergencies to ask for help.

Reading skills of Deaf children who sign

A study in the Netherlands analyzed the reading skills of Deaf children who sign. Children with better signing skills had better reading skills.

Research in Deaf Education

Experienced researchers share insights and experiences about the best way to do research in deaf education.

Research on cognitive development in deaf children

The research on cognitive development in Deaf children says that their development is average regardless of their language skills.

Resource collection on educating deaf children

This resource collection on educating deaf children has materials for teachers and other professionals who work with deaf children.

Resources for Teachers

The linked web page provides an extensive collection of online resources on how to teach students who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

Resources on Assistive Technology

This listing of resources on assistive technology for children with disabilities is a good starting point for finding many materials.

Rwanda Deaf Education: RNUD Position Paper

Rwanda National Union of the Deaf (RNUD) summarizes the situation of Rwanda deaf education in 2013 and has recommendations for improvement.

SDGs and disability rights, Deaf rights

Explains the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how they affect disability rights. Links to more resources about the SDGs. 

SDGs in International Sign: Sustainable development & deaf rights

Use the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) to advocate with your government for deaf rights. Learn about the SDGs in International Sign.

Self-Paced Tutorial in Teaching Deaf Students

If you are teaching your first deaf student–or your second or third–you will find this self-paced tutorial on teaching deaf students helpful.

Showcase: GNAD

Sarah visited Ghana last year & worked with GNAD Youth. Watch the video to learn more!

Sign interpreters as tutors in school?

One author argues that using sign interpreters as tutors in school can cause confusion among students and teachers.

Sign Language and Deaf Education in South Africa

Ayanda Ntukwana at Sign Language Education and Development (SLED) shares her experience in Deaf education in South Africa.

Sign Language for Everyone

In Kenya, sign language is no longer just for Deaf children. They are trying sign language for everyone in 470 schools across the country.

Sign language for parents in Netherlands and Canada

A program helps with sign language training for parents in the Netherlands and Canada. Parents learn via video interaction and home visits.

Sign language for Sam: The end of isolation

Sign language for Sam ended his isolation and his severe language deprivation. A cochlear implant alone was not enough.

Sign language for young Haiti professionals: Improving communication

A new program teaches sign language to young Haiti professionals. In consequence, they can better communicate with deaf people in Haiti.

Sign language in an early childhood education program

Watch teachers using sign language in an early childhood education program with young deaf and hard of hearing children. Observe a los maestros que usan Lengua de Señas en un programa de educación infantil con niños pequeños sordos

Sign Language in Deaf Education

Colin Allen, president of the World Federation of the Deaf, speaks about the importance of sign language in Deaf education.

Sign Language Rights as Deaf Rights: History and Research

In the opinion of many advocates, sign language rights is the cornerstone of deaf rights. Author explains the history and summarizes research.

Sign Language TV News in Mozambique

Sign language TV news in Mozambique is available for deaf people in the country. The channel TV Surdo Mozambique broadcasts weekly.

Sign Languages in Northern Ireland

Learn what researchers found when they investigated sign languages in Northern Ireland. Similarity to British or Irish Sign Languages varied.

Sign languages in the Western Hemisphere

Provides an overview and profile of Deaf communities and sign languages in the western hemisphere in 24 locations in Americas and Caribbean.

Social Skill Development for Deaf Children in Mainstream School

The author of this article says a Deaf child in a mainstream school has more difficulty with social skill development and self confidence.

Software help medical communication for deaf patients–possible?

Can the right software help medical communication for deaf patients? Researchers compared using an interpreter, or their software, or both.

South African copyright law hurts deaf people

The author argues that South African copyright law hurts deaf people. She makes recommendations for how the law can be improved.

South Korean Association of the Deaf

Watch the six-minute video to learn about the South Korea Association of the Deaf and its history. The video has captions in English.

Spanish Deaf Education: 11 Bilingual Programs

What is happening with deaf bilingual education in Spain? And what should happen next in Spanish deaf education policy and research?

Story of Asif, a young Deaf man in Pakistan

Watch the story of Asif, a young Deaf man in Pakistan. Asif and his father explain how attending school and driving a rickshaw help Asif.

Strategies for Teaching Deaf Children

This article can help teachers with strategies for teaching deaf children literacy skills. Some of the advice may be useful in any country.

Strategies for Teaching Deaf University Students

Learn strategies for teaching and communicating with Deaf university students in the same classroom with hearing students.

Stress among teachers of deaf students

What can cause stress among teachers of deaf students? Researchers answer this question and discuss how to support teachers.

Support for parents of deaf children: GPODHH position paper

What kind of support is best for parents of deaf children? How does interacting with other parents benefit them? Position paper.

Susana Stiglich: Finding Sign Language, Becoming an Educator

Susana Stiglich, who is now a university professor and consultant in Peru, shares her life story as a Deaf woman.