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U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education was created in 1980 by combining offices from several federal agencies. The Department's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. The Department of Education is dedicated to: 1) Establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, and distributing as well as monitoring those funds. 2) Collecting data on America's schools and disseminating research. 3) Focusing national attention on key educational issues. 4) Prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education.

Review Date: February 23, 2011

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American Society for Deaf Children

The American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC) was founded in 1967 as a parent-helping-parent organization. Today, ASDC is a national, independent non-profit organization whose purpose is providing support, encouragement, and information to families raising children who are deaf or hard of hearing. ASDC supplies the information and support families request to ensure that their decisions and actions are based on up-to-date and accurate knowledge.

Review Date: January 02, 2009

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American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Founded in 1925 as the American Speech and Hearing Association, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is a nonprofit organization established to maintain professional standards, encourage development of comprehensive clinical service programs, promote research with regard to human communication and communication disorders, and assist information exchange. The Association accredits institutions offering masters and degrees in speech-language pathology and audiology programs offering clinical services in these areas to the public. With its 50 State affiliates ASHA maintains a national career information program, a governmental affairs program, a public information program, and an information and referral service for consumers.

Review Date: December 20, 2011

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Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults

The mission of the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults (HKNC) is to enable all those who are deaf-blind to live and work the community of their choice. It provides comprehensive vocational rehabilitation training at its headquarters in New York and assistance with job and residential placements when training is completed. Services in the field include 10 regional offices, over 40 affiliated agencies, a National Training Team and an Older Adult Program. HKNC is a partner in the National Technical Assistance Consortium for Children and Young Adults Who are Deaf-Blind and with DB-LINK, a clearinghouse for information on deaf-blindness. HKNC also maintains a national registry of individuals who are deaf-blind.

Review Date: May 31, 2011

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Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc.

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) is a membership organization for interpreters and transliterators for the deaf. RID distributes information about interpreting, evaluates and certifies interpreters, and assists in ensuring that individuals receive needed interpreting services. Information on training programs, workshops, and conferences on interpreting are offered.

Review Date: January 23, 2009

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