Pathways to the Future logo


Deaf or Hard of Hearing

AG Bell's Leadership Opportunities For Teens (LOFT) Program

Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD): Transition Resources
AHEAD is the premiere professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education.

Beginnings for Parents of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing is a non-profit that helps parents and families understand hearing loss, and the diverse needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Center for Parent Information and Resources: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
The funding for the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) ended in October 2013, but many of its products and webpages will live on here, where CPIR maintains their accuracy and continues to make them available to families, professionals, and Parent Centers.

Connecticut Student Transition Sources

Deaf 101: How to Navigate Clinical Interactions with Deaf Sign Language Users
Webinar and additional resources

Deaf Community Advocacy Network - DEAF C.A.N.!
Deaf Community Advocacy Network – DEAF C.A.N.! is a non-profit Organization established in 1981 to provide services to the thousands of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people.

Deaf Self-Advocacy Training Toolkit
Developed by the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers, this specialized curriculum is devoted to teaching deaf individuals to self-advocate for effective interpreting services. The content of the curriculum includes concepts of self-esteem and self-determination, the law, ethics of working with interpreters, video relay interpreting, preparing for self-advocacy, and how to effectively tap resources.

Technological Education Center for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students

Frequently Asked Questions on Effective Communication for Students with Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disabilities in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools

Gallaudet University
Gallaudet University has free lessons and vocabulary for anyone who wants to learn ASL. Also offered are further opportunities for learning ASL. To explore these resources, visit

Hands & Voices
Hands & Voices is a non-profit, parent-driven organization dedicated to supporting families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

I'm Determined
The I’m Determined project, a state directed project funded by the Virginia Department of Education, focuses on providing direct instruction, models, and opportunities to practice skills associated with self-determined behavior.

Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center
The Clerc Center, a federally funded national deaf education center, ensures that the diverse population of deaf and hard of hearing students (birth through age 21) in the nation are educated and empowered and have the linguistic competence to maximize their potential as productive and contributing members of society.

Lions Club Affordable Hearing Aid Project
The Lions Affordable Hearing Aid Project is a program where the Lions work with partner hearing professionals to serve individuals in the United States with hearing impairments that cannot afford hearing aids.

National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
The National Association of the Deaf (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.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)
The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.

Pacer's National Parent Center on Transition and Employment
PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment provides relevant information and resources to parents, youth, and professionals through a variety of services: a website that inspires, educates, and engages families around transition; technical assistance and training to professionals on best practices for engaging families, including those who are underserved; in-person and online workshops for parents on youth on topics such as assistive technology, postsecondary supports, and finding work in the community.

Pepnet: Getting a Job!
The Getting a Job! online training was developed and designed for students who are deaf or hard of hearing and the professionals who work with them. Focusing on the transition from school to work, the training offers a series of activities, supporting documents and topical videos designed to help the job seeker prepare for the world of work.

Pepnet: Map It: What Comes Next
Map It: What Comes Next is a free, online, interactive training designed for transition-aged students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Video vignettes signed in ASL with spoken English and written transcription, self-assessments, and a series of interactive questions guide students as they identify their goals and develop strategies to achieve them.

Pepnet Transition Resources

Start ASL
Start ASL offers both paid and free American Sign Language lessons and courses to individuals who want to learn sign language or sharpen their skills.

WV Division of Rehabilitation Services: Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The Division of Rehabilitation Services offers specialized programs and services that help West Virginia citizens who are deaf or hard of hearing to reach their employment goals. DRS can provide:

  • Assistive Devices
  • Audiological Evaluations & Assessments
  • Telecommunications Devices
  • Interpreter Services
  • Vocational Counseling & Guidance
  • Vocational Evaluations & Training
  • Hearing Aids & Assistive Listening Devices
  • Life Skills • Work Adjustment • Job Coaching • Direct Placement

All DRS Rehabilitation Counselors for the Deaf have specialized training needed to meet the unique employment needs of people who have hearing loss. These counselors for the deaf understand deaf culture, as well as the needs of those who have lost their hearing later in life. These counselors can talk with you about how to go to work, including how to:

  • Find out about accommodations you will need to attend school or training
  • Interview for a job
  • Ask an employer for reasonable accommodations

Career Videos – ASL with Voice Over

Effective Resume (ASL with voice over)
This ASL video series discuss the effects of having an effective resume which improves the odds of you being called in for an interview. Tips and strategies are provided in this video to aid you in creating the most effective resume.

How to Use an Interpreter for an Interview (ASL with voice over)
Ever wonder when and how to inform an Employer that an ASL interpreter is needed for an interview? Well, now you can be informed. This video explains when, how and why you should arrange your accommodation needs before the interview.

Common Accommodations for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing (ASL with voice over)
Watch and learn different strategies and tips of the common workplace accommodations for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals and how you can become an advocate yourself of your accommodation needs within the workplace.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Overview (ASL with voice over)
Deaf Specialist Beca Baily helps to explain the Americans with Disabilities Act, and how it relates to Deaf or Hard of Hearing persons.

The Importance of Networking (ASL with voice over)
Learn more how networking plays an important role in your career. More than 70% of the job seekers land jobs through the aid of their network. This video discuss in length how to acquire your network and expand it leading to improved job offers.

Job Application (ASL with voice over)
Learn exactly how job applications are reviewed and used by Employers. Additionally, catch all the tips and strategies offered in this video to assist you in becoming a skilled job seeker.

Social Media and Your Job Search (ASL with voice over)
This video compares the differences between Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Learn more how you can utilities each social media to your advantage in finding the job of your dreams.

Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss
Improving the Outcomes of Children with Hearing Loss. Our mission is to help YOU to improve the futures of children who are hard of hearing or deaf.

U.S. Department of Education: Transition of Students with Disabilities to Postsecondary Education: A Guide for High School Educators

Usher Syndrome Coalition
Learn about Usher Syndrome - the most common genetic cause of combined deafness and blindness. The Usher Syndrome Coalition is working to raise awareness and accelerate research, while providing information and support to impacted individuals and families.

Click to view presentation.

VR4HearingLoss will help orient VR professionals to the range of needs and possible services for persons who are hard of hearing or late deafened. These services lead to enhanced workplace success and improved quality of life for consumers.

WV Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The mission of the West Virginia Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WVCDHH) is to advocate for, develop, and coordinate public policies, regulations, and programs to assure full and equal opportunity for persons who are deaf and hard of hearing in West Virginia. Promotes & advocates for individuals who are deaf, deaf-blind, or hard of hearing to achieve equality and opportunity in social, educational, vocational and legal aspects impacting their daily lives; enhance & monitor access to effective communication & telecommunication technology.

WV Department of Education: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resources

WV Hands and Voices
WV Hands & Voices is dedicated to the non-biased support of families who have children who are deaf or hard of hearing without bias toward communication modality or methodology.

WV SenseAbilities
WV SenseAbilities offers a series of webcasts to meet the needs of people who work with children with sensory impairments. Each webcast offers a certificate of participation after completion of the evaluation.

Your Guide to Care and Maintenance of Hearing Aids
Guide to help you care for and maintain your hearing aids in top condition as well as issues that you need to know and understand to get the most from your amplification.