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American Sign Language Resource Guide

This webpage contains a compilation of American Sign Language (ASL) resources.

ASK Family Resource Center

Access for Special Kids (ASK) Family Resource Center is a "one-stop-shop" for children and adults with disabilities and their families in Iowa.

Deaf Ed Website

This website has the goal of "enhancing collaborative efforts between parents and the professionals as they work to share what we know, and learn what we need, to further improve the social, linguistic, academic, and post secondary learning opportunities and performances of children who are deaf/hard of hearing (d/hh)."

Deaf Services Unlimited

Deaf Services Unlimited was formed to eliminate uncomfortable feelings and make communication easy.

Disability Resource Library (DRL)

Disability Resource Library (DRL) is a statewide library service providing free, reliable health information to Iowans with disabilities. They provide information to people with chronic health conditions, to families, and to care providers. Integrating state-of-the-art electronic resources with a 5,000-volume collection, DRL staff reaches out to more than 3,000 patrons annually throughout Iowa. In addition to traditional library materials and comprehensive database research, the library serves as the Iowa Program for Assistive Technology point of access for lendable assistive technology for home trial. Currently this Software/Hardware Lending Library consists of 200 pieces of technology. The Disability Resource Library is a unit of the Center for Disabilities and Development located in Iowa City.

Guide By Your Side

The Iowa Hands & Voices GBYS program provides emotional support and unbiased information to families of infants and toddlers with a hearing loss.


The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) offers information on the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program.

Iowa Association of the Deaf

The Iowa Association of the Deaf is a state organization of, by, and for the deaf. It was organized to make sure the needs of Iowa deaf were met, as a way to support and encourage each other, and to work on issues affecting the everyday lives of deaf Iowans. Iowa Association of the Deaf is an affiliate of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD).

Iowa Compass

Iowa COMPASS offers information and referral, a used equipment listing service (Used Equipment Referral Service) and legal advocacy and representation (Assistive Technology Legal Project) for Iowans with disabilities and their families, friends and service providers.

Iowa Department of Education, including Interpreter Licensure Info

This link will take you to the Iowa Department of Education's website that discusses the Expanded Core Curriculum for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and includes information on Interpreter Licensure.

Iowa Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI)

Iowa's Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program works to ensure that all newborns and toddlers with hearing loss are identified as early as possible and provided with timely and appropriate audiological, educational, medical intervention and family support. The EHDI program is also dedicated to providing unbiased support to families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Iowa Parents

Iowa Parents is a joint effort between the School Administrators of Iowa (SAI), theIowa Department of Education (DE), and Area Education Agency 267 (AEA 267). We are committed to increasing parent and educator knowledge about effective parent involvement strategies aimed at increased student achievement.

Iowa School For the Deaf

Iowa School for the Deaf promotes personal, individual excellence by providing comprehensive educational programs and services, delivered by highly qualified personnel with in-depth training for understanding the unique needs of these students.

Iowa State Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

If you are looking for a licensed sign language interpreter in Iowa, you can search here.

Iowa Symposium on Hearing Loss

This event includes an outstanding line up of state and national experts who will present exciting updates on early identification and intervention for children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

Iowa’s Deafblind Project

Iowa’s Deafblind Project serves children and young adults age birth through twenty-one who are suspected of having both a hearing AND a vision loss or difficulty in processing auditory and visual information. We are dedicated to building the knowledge and skills of all stakeholders involved in the education or parenting of these learners. We believe in using a collaborative, multi-faceted, approach to achieve positive, fulfilling futures for children and youth with deafblindness.

Office of Deaf Services

The mission of Deaf Services (formally DSCI) is: "is to Serve, Represent, and Provide a Greater Understanding of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals at Any Age Across the State."

National Websites

A Parent's Guide to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Early Intervention Recommendations

This Guide will walk you through the 12 goals and help you:

·       understand best practices for Early Intervention (EI)

·       assess your EI services based on the standards recommended by the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH)

·       empower your family to advocate for appropriate EI services

·       improve partnerships between families and professionals to help children receive best practices in EI Services

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This resource explains programs and services about understanding hearing thresholds

Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI)

The vision of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program is to promote communication from birth for all children. This site will describe the national EHDI program goals and provide information and resources about hearing loss in children.

Hands & Voices

Learn more about the Hands & Voices headquarters organization.


All things sign! ASL, baby sign, toddler sign, fingerspelling, ASL word of the day, ASL phrase of the week.

Just in Time

“Just in Time” resources have been consolidated onto an NCHAM fact sheet; the fact sheet is designed especially for family

organizations to help them in their role of supporting families. It contains the most essential resources identified by both

families and professionals to address hearing-related needs.

Michigan State University/ASL Browser

Think of this website as another online ASL dictionary... you will find videos demonstrating thousands of different ASL signs.

National Center for Hearing Assessment & Management (NCHAM)

NCHAM serves as the National Resource Center for the implementation and improvement of comprehensive and effective Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) systems. As a multidisciplinary Center, our goal is to ensure that all infants and toddlers with hearing loss are identified as early as possible and provided with timely and appropriate audiological, educational, and medical intervention.

National Institute for Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ)

Founded in 1999, the National Institute for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) is an independent, not-for-profit, quality improvement organization dedicated to achieving a world in which all children receive the high quality healthcare they need.

Observe, Understand and Respond: the O.U.R. Children's Safety Project

We don't like to think about it, but our kids who are deaf or hard of hearing are at a higher risk for both abuse and neglect. Like any children, they are at risk. As children who might not always be able to communicate easily and fluently, or understand the nuances of conversation with neighbors, caregivers, or strangers, they are at an even higher risk of being victims of someone, somewhere... If we can stop that cycle with even one child, one family... our efforts are more than worthwhile.

Wright's Law

Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys use Wright’s Law for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

This is a resource with information about follow-up hearing testing with an audiologist

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PO Box 1065 | Johnston, IA 50131 | Phone: 515-661-4248
Work on this website was supported by funding from: US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Universal Newborn Hearing Screening, HRSA H61MC00031, University of Iowa, Child Health Specialty Clinics (CHSC).