On Thursday we talked aboutdifferent acronyms relating to services for the deaf and hard of hearing.  We had many questions about what each oneactually stood for. Since then, I have looked them up and determined what eachone means. First, AAD stands for American Annals of the Deaf. This is a professionjournal written in English, that talks about education and other services forthose who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Next is the ADA or Americans withDisabilities Act. This protects all people with disabilities from being treatedunfairly by employers. AGB stands for the Alexander Graham Bell Association forthe Deaf. This website gives parents information about hearing loss, andpresents parents with some of the options available for their child. CAID, orConvention of American Instructors of the Deaf, is a website created to helpsupport teachers of deaf and hard of hearing students. CED stands for Councilon Education of the Deaf. This council exist to help ensure all deaf and hardof hearing students are receiving a quality education.

Nest is CEC which standsfor Council for Exceptional Children. Their mission is to help exceptionalchildren succeed. A CODA is a Child of a Deaf Adult. This is when a child hasat least one deaf parent. DPN or Deaf President Now was a protest where thestudents of Gallaudet University refused to accept any president for theirschool whom was not Deaf.

ENCSD is the Eastern NC School for the Deaf. It isone of two schools for the Deaf in North Carolina and is located in Wilson. NADstands for National Association of the Deaf. This is an organization for Deafpeople led by Deaf people. They accept American Sign Language as theirlanguage. NTID, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, is a technicalcollege for students how are hard of hearing or deaf.

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RID or Registry ofInterpreters for the Deaf is an organization that helps interpret betweenpeople who use spoken language and people who use signed language. Lastly, WFDstands for World Federation of the Deaf. This is an organization that helps tosupport and advocate for deaf individuals. Looking at these acronyms, I’m honestly not sure why some use “of” andsome use “for”. I think that an organization might use “for” if it providessome form of service for the deaf person, especially if the service is providedby a hearing person. Such as ENCSD provides education for deaf students,however, these students might have a hearing teacher. I think an organizationmight use the word “of” if the organization itself is made up of Deaf people.

An example would be NAD. It is an organization for Deaf people, and it is ledby Deaf people. The word “of” as “being a part of something”. So, Deaf peopleare involved in and are a part of NAD.One website I found to beinteresting was Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf. This website isgeared toward parents who have a child with hearing loss. This website makes itclear that children with hearing loss can eventually learn to hear and speak.

It goes on to explain that there are four primary ways that a child who is deafor hard of hearing can communicate. These include listening and spokenlanguage, cued speech, American Sign Language, and total communication systems.This website also supports hearing devices that amplify a child’s hearing. Somethingthis website explains is that there is no “right” way to raise a child withhearing loss. Personally, I would advocate for these children to use ASL, whilethis website promotes cochlear implants and hearing aids. I also appreciatedthat ASL was listed as one of the primary forms of communication.

The missionof the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf is to help deaf and hardof hearing students can talk and hear.