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MedEd Connections Resource Guides: Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Family Support


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The following organizations may be contacted for family support. They include professionals and family members who are knowledgeable about special needs, navigating systems, education, legal rights, advocacy, and independent living.

Ohio Hands and Voices: ASTRA

Phone: (844) 644-6481

ASTRA is an Ohio organization powered by members of Hands and Voices. They provide advocacy support, training, and consultation for professionals and families. They specifically address the unique educational circumstances of students who are deaf or hard of hearing and the special education laws applicable to them.

American Society for Deaf Children

Phone: (800) 942-2732

This nonprofit parent-helping-parent organization provides support, encouragement, and current information about being deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH) to families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

National Association of the Deaf (NAD)

Phone: (301) 328-1443

This advocacy organization is dedicated to safeguarding the civil rights of people who are D/HH. It provides information and resources related to accessibility, education, employment, healthcare, mental health, rehabilitation, technology, telecommunications, and transportation.

The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities

Phone: (740) 382-5452

The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD) is Ohio’s statewide nonprofit organization that supports families of children of all ages with disabilities. It provides families with knowledge about laws, resources, rights, and responsibilities, so that they are better able to work with agencies to ensure that appropriate services are received for the benefit of their children.

Office for Exceptional Children

Phone: (614) 466-2650

The Office for Exceptional Children (OEC) at the Ohio Department of Education provides technical assistance to families, school districts, and educational agencies around issues involved with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA).

OCALI’s Family Center

Phone: (614) 262-1070

The Family Center at OCALI connects families to the information they need regarding services, supports, training and resources, including the free OCALI Lending Library. The website includes a section about Ohio’s systems of agencies and supports for people with disabilities and their families.

Ohio Center for Deafblind Education

Phone: (614) 897-0020

Is your child deaf and blind? This organization is a good starting point for further information, consultation, and support.


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