Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health

Related Links

Following is a brief list of links to agencies, organizations and other web sites that provide information, services and resources of interest to the deaf and hard of hearing and to their families. The department exercises no control over the content of these sites and provides the links for informational purposes only. This information is not a substitute for medical care

Alexander Graham Bell Association — international membership organization of parents of children who are deaf and hard of hearing, adults with hearing loss and professionals. Provides general hearing loss information, book recommendations, information about financial aid and scholarships, and national legislative developments. Separate sections for teens with hearing loss, adults with hearing loss, and parents.

American Academy of Audiology — world's largest professional organization of audiologists. Consumer section offers articles on hearing loss, early infant hearing screening, hearing aids and more with some in Spanish.

American Academy of Otolaryngology — professional organization for ear, nose and throat specialists. Offers quality information for patients and families on topics such as ear, hearing and balance in English and Spanish.

American Society for Deaf Children — national, non-profit membership organization providing support, encouragement, and information to families raising children who are deaf or hard of hearing. .

American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) — professional and credentialing organization for speech, language and hearing professionals. Provides public information on speech and language development, hearing loss in children and adults, hearing screening, treatment and rehabilitation, and much more.

Beginnings for Parents of Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Inc. — nonprofit organization providing a central resource for families with deaf or hard of hearing children, age birth through 21. Topics include early intervention, communication options, audiology, assistive technology, and school issues.

Better Hearing Institute — nonprofit organization raising awareness of hearing health issues, treatment options, and the prevention of hearing loss. Provides information on hearing loss, hearing solutions and a resource guide with information on adult support groups, advocacy, assistive technology, employment, financial assistance, and more.

Harvard Medical School Center for Hereditary Deafness — information on hereditary deafness, genetic testing, and specific genetic tests.

Healthy Hearing — news, information and resources for those interested in hearing, the causes and treatment of hearing loss, and hearing amplification systems. It also offers opportunities for information exchange and support for those faced with hearing disorders and the challenges of hearing impairment.

National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management — serves as the National Resource Center for the implementation and improvement of comprehensive and effective Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) systems. The multidisciplinary center's 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, education and medical intervention.

National Cued Speech Association — membership organization providing advocacy and support on the use of Cued Speech. Offers information and services to people of all ages with hearing impairments, their families, friends, and professional colleagues.

MedlinePlus — government resource providing links to high quality information on diagnosis, treatment, anatomy and physiology, health check tools, specific conditions, clinical trials, prevention and screening, and more. Spanish language version available.

National Association of the Deaf — local and national membership association for deaf people. Offers opportunities for advocacy, news and programs and services.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders — National Institutes of Health resource providing reliable information on research studies, health information in English and health resources on deafness and communication disorders. Specific information on cochlear implants available.

South Dakota Bright Start — South Dakota program working to assure that every baby born in the state has opportunity for good start in life including infant brain development, comprehensive early childhood development, parent education and health care.

South Dakota Department of Education — provides resources and services that directly impact children and their parents. Birth to 3 Connections program provides free developmental screenings for children aged birth to 3.

South Dakota Department of Human Services — supports people with developmental disabilities and their families. The Cochlear Implant Program provides funding for cochlear implants for children under 5 with severe to profound hearing loss.

South Dakota Department of Social Services — covers medical care provided to low income people who meet eligibility standards either under Medicaid (Title XI) or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

South Dakota Parent Connection — offers programs that train and support parents in being informed and active in developing services for children.

South Dakota School for the Deaf — meets the educational needs of sensory impaired children from birth through 21 by serving a dual leadership and resource role.

University of South Dakota Department of Communications Sciences and Disorders — serves as a clinical service center for children and adults in need of diagnostic, therapeutic and counseling services for a wide variety of communication disorders.

University of South Dakota Scottish Rite Speech Language and Hearing Clinic — serves all children from birth to age 21 with speech and language disorders, regardless of family income or location.

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