Recommended Books Available at the State Library

Recommended Electronic Resources

Ohio Digital Library

A collection of fiction and non-fiction books and eAudiobooks available 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 (but not including the Ohio History Connection). 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.

Ohio Digital Library

Ohio Digital Library provides a collection of electronic books and videos about Deaf Culture and American Sign Language. The Ohio Digital Library also provides audiobooks.

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.

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.”

Baby Signs

Baby Signs books Official Site. Baby Signs, a guide for parents and babies on communication. Baby signing for babies, 9-30 months.

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.


Website of the developer and manufacturer of the Nucleus ®3 system of cochlear implants. Includes product information, clinics, connections with product candidates and recipients, discussion groups and event listing.

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.


The National Information Clearinghouse on Children Who Are Deaf-Blind. With links to Deaf-Blind Perspectives, Internet resources on Deaf-Blindness, and links to some of the top schools and other programs for people who are both Deaf and Blind.

Deaf Digest

DeafDigest is a free national newsletter for those interested in the deaf online. Site also includes links to deaf websites and comics.

Deaf Education Website

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.

Deaf Web Washington

Links to resources for African Americans who are deaf. Includes links to history of and information about National Black Deaf Advocates.

Deafchild International

A website that provides a vehicle for children and teens, teachers of the deaf, adults, parents and friends of the deaf to communicate with others around the world. Site is free but registration is required.

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


DeafZONE has a little bit of everything and a lot of Deaf resources: chat-lines, interpreting, education resources, ASL, events and DeafToday e-zine.

EEOC Questions/Answers about Deafness and hearing impairments in the workplace and the Americans with disabilities Act

Educational Program for Deaf Students

This listing provides directory information on schools and programs in the United States that enroll or provide services to children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Under each state is an alphabetical listing by city of (1) special schools and center programs (residential, day), (2) local programs, (3) other program types.

Employment resources in the Deaf Community

Families of Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Links to many websites of interest to deaf and hard of hearing children and teens.

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 Bookstore

Order books and products online from Gallaudet University.

Global Assistive Devices

Manufactures and sells assistive tools for persons dealing with various physical and medical conditions.

Handspeak: Sign Language Dictionary Online

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

Harris Communication

Assistive products designed for deaf and hard of hearing people.

HEARD Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf

Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf (HEARD), is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that promotes equal access to legal system for individuals who are deaf and for people with disabilities. HEARD primarily focuses on correcting and preventing deaf wrongful convictions, ending deaf prisoner abuse, decreasing recidivism rates for deaf returned citizens, and on increasing representation of the deaf in the justice, legal and corrections professions. HEARD created and maintains the only national database of deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind detainees & prisoners.

Hearing Loss Web

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

Hearing Loss Association of America

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

HiTec Assistive Communication Products

HITEC Group International is innovative, involved, and driven to ensure a barrier-free, improved quality of life for ALL people.

House Ear Institute

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.

Info To Go

This Information on Deafness section of the Clerc Center Web site is organized by topic.


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."

National Association of the Deaf

The 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.

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 LibGuide

This is a work in progress so check back frequently for additional national resources covering a broad range of topics in an easy format to search.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Links to information on health, research, projects, news and events of the NIDC, an Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology

Links to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf many deaf and hard of hearing internet resources.

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 resources

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 hopes to be an educational facility and resource center on deafness that: provides comprehensive education for Ohio’s Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students which encourage independence and life-long learning.

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) Community Center for the Deaf (CCD)

Parenting Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Links to resources for parents of deaf and hard of hearing children and teens.

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.

Understanding the Deaf Community

Becoming involved in deaf communities can help you embrace your condition, learn new aspects of it, and meet new people. Learn more about deaf culture.

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.

Verywell Health

Verywell Health is an award-winning resource for reliable, understandable, and up-to-date information on the medical topics that matter most to you. Provides a wealth of information on many subjects related to Deafness and Hard of Hearing including:
• Hearing Loss/Deafness
• Causes & Prevention
• Sign Language
• Deaf Culture
• Hearing Aids & Technology
• Support Resources

Weitbrecht Communications, Inc

The nation’s leading “one-stop-shop” for assistive technology for the Deaf, hard-of-hearing, speech impaired, and those who interact with them.

What You Need to Know About Deafness/Hard of Hearing

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

World Deaf Directory

Find Deaf people world-wide.