Recommended Books Available at the State Library

Recommended Library Databases

The following library databases include information resources about Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Deaf Culture.

Ohio Digital Library

A collection of fiction and nonfiction ebooks, audiobooks, and popular magazines in a variety of formats available to download.

Ohio Web Library

The Ohio Web Library provides access to databases that include full-text digital magazines and journals; general reference resources such as encyclopedias, almanacs, statistical information and resources for developing new skills and enhancing personal development; scholarly humanities and science resources; and more.

Ohio Memory

The Ohio Memory Digital Collection is comprised of over 4,500 selections from libraries, museums, and historical societies from across the state. The collection traverses the full length of Ohio’s rich and influential history.


The following websites have additional resources and information. The list may include websites from governments, institutions, and organizations affiliated with the Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Deaf Culture topic, and for-profit companies. Inclusion on this list of organizations and commercial websites does not constitute an endorsement.

American Association of the DeafBlind

AADB is a national consumer organization of, by, and for deaf-blind Americans and their supporters.

American Society for Deaf Children

American Society for Deaf Children lists resources and services for deaf children.

American Society for Deaf Children: Parents and Families

ASDC provides information, online classes and webinars, and other resources for parents and families of deaf and hard of hearing children.

Association of Late-Deafened Adults

With links to regional ALDA chapters and information on how to receive membership information and the ALDA newsletter for those who have the “experience of having been raised in the hearing world and having become deaf.”

CAP4KIDS (children’s advocacy project) Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resources

Central Ohio Area Resources - Website includes information about CHIP (Columbus Hearing Impaired Program) which provides free educational services to students ages who are deaf or hard of hearing in Columbus and thirty-five central Ohio school districts. Lots of other local and national information is included on this site.

Cochlear Implant Education Center

Webpage of the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University that includes links to companies, agencies, organizations and other sites that provide information about cochlear implants

Columbus Speech and Hearing Center

Website of the Columbus Speech and Hearing Center, a non-profit agency that provides audiology, hearing aid, speech-language, occupational therapy, corporate speech training and vocational services for the deaf, hard-of-hearing and deaf-blind.


Deafdigest is a free online newsletter for members of and people interested in the deaf and hard of hearing community. The website also includes job postings and lists of upcoming conventions and conferences.

Deaf Culture

Links to information about modes of communication available to families of deaf and hard of hearing children.

Deaf Education

Links to The Council on the Education of the Deaf, teacher preparation programs, jobs, scholarships, grants and other sources of financial assistance for those interested in preparing for careers in deaf education.

Deaf Mall

Links to information about deaf culture, organizations, issues, education, books, videos, gifts, events, travel, financial services, real estate, interpreters, and more.

Deaf Resource Library

The Deaf Resource Library is an online collection of reference material and links intended to educate and inform people about Deaf cultures in Japan and the United States; as well as deaf and hard of hearing related topics.

Deafness and Outreach Collection

Links to State Library of Ohio's catalog listing of materials in the Deafness and Outreach Collection. This collection includes resources on culture, language, education, and the history of deaf people. The Center for Outreach Services located at the Ohio School for the Deaf, and the State Library of Ohio collaborate to bring a collection of Deafness and interpreting-related materials to all Ohioans. This collection is targeted toward interpreters, American Sign Language students, parents and professionals working within the deaf community. The Center for Outreach Services provides resources of interest to K-12 deaf educators, interpreters and parents in a variety of formats (books, DVDs, CD-Roms, VHS tapes). The State Library of Ohio catalogues and maintains circulation of these items for use by individuals across the state.


Links to products for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing


Assistive products designed for deaf and hard of hearing people.

Gallaudet University

Website of Gallaudet University, a coeducational liberal arts university that provides a unique educational experience for deaf, hard of hearing and hearing students.

Gallaudet University Bookstore

Order books and products online from Gallaudet University.

Handspeak: Sign Language Dictionary Online

This site offers fun learning of signs and is the largest, fast-growing popular visual language dictionary online.

Hearing Loss Association of America

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is the nation’s leading organization representing people with hearing loss.

Hearing Loss Web

Events, issues, medical topics, resources, and technology related to hearing loss.

Here’s My Advice

In this column that appeared in the July 30,1999 edition of Columbus Business First the author, Ken Campbell, provides suggestions to employers on hiring individuals with disabilities with specific suggestions for hiring the deaf. EEOC.

House Institute Foundation

Website of the House Ear Institute with links to the Children’s Auditory Research and Evaluation (CARE) Center, trends in hearing research, diseases of the ear and hearing health.

Interpreting Sign Language"

Links to interpreting agencies, referral services, websites and articles as well as national and state support organizations for interpreters.

Kent State University Deaf Education

The deaf education program at Kent State University.


KODA Heart was "created to respond to frequent requests from Deaf community members for more support and resources for hearing kids of deaf adults and their families."

Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University

This site offers abundant information about the university, national mission priorities and related projects and links to the national deaf education network and clearinghouse.

Learn Sign Language Online with American Sign Language University

Enjoy this free series of self-paced online ASL courses. Each course covers various aspects of Deaf Culture, ASL grammar, history, terminology, and approximately 100 new signs. There are 10 courses, (plus various workshops), so you will be able to learn over a thousand signs!

Maryland Deaf Culture Digital Library

Maryland's Deaf Culture Digital Library provides resources about deaf culture and an excellent collection of deaf resources in digital formats.

National Association of the Deaf

The National Association of the Deaf 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 Deaf-Blindness

The NCDB supports state deaf-blind projects as they assist educators, agencies, and organizations to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to help children with deaf-blindness learn, access the general education curriculum, and successfully transition to adult life.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

The NIDCD 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 Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology

Website of the National Technical Institute of the Deaf, with job postings and other resources for prospective and current students and alumni.

National Theater for the Deaf

Through its thirty-four-year history, The National Theatre of the Deaf stands as testimony to the artistry and capability of its Actors.

Ohio Association of the Deaf

List of resources of Federal, State, and Local agencies; non-profits; and education links that focus on aiding the Deaf community.

Ohio Center for Deafblind Education

OCDBE provides services in Ohio for individuals, birth through 21 years, with combined visual and hearing losses, including free collaborative technical assistance to families, educational personnel and service providers through training and information dissemination. The OCDBE offers innovative approaches to the education of children and youth with deafblindness.

Ohio Department of Education: Deaf and Hearing Impaired

This page on the Ohio Department of Education's website provides links to various programs and resources for students who are deaf and hearing impaired.

Ohio School for the Deaf

The Ohio School for the Deaf serves a diverse population of deaf/hard of hearing students, families, and communities through educating students in a language rich environment and empowering each individual to be a contributing member of society.

OOD Community Centers for the Deaf

For more than 30 years, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) has partnered with community entities to provide support and communication services to deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind individuals, their families, and their communities.

Parenting Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Coping with hearing loss and deafness resources for parents of deaf and hard of hearing children and teens.

Schools and Programs for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in the U.S.

A list of schools serving students who are deaf and hard of hearing in the United States.

Sign Language

Many who are deaf or hard of hearing rely on sign language to communicate. Explore the basics of the language and how you can use it to improve daily life.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Web page of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, this site includes information about recent EEOC activities and events as well as links to related web sites, and information about federal laws and remedies regarding discrimination in the workplace.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: Guidance

This guidance document provides information about deafness and hearing impairments in the workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

World Deaf Directory

Find Deaf people world-wide.