​"Education is the most powerful weapon which   you can use to change the world". Nelson Mandela

For Parents

Distance Education for Parents

John Tracy Clinic's Distance Education for Parents of Young Children with Hearing Loss provides materials on:

  • Exploring listening
  • Building language
  • Developing speech
  • Enjoying learning

Three different courses at no cost to parents are available online and by mail if needed. The easy-to-use format allows parents to move around within the Courses and focus on their interests. Parents can choose how much to read, how many ideas to try and how often to submit comments.  Experienced educators reply to parent concerns with individualized suggestions. The emphasis is on language learning for children ages birth to five who are deaf or hard of hearing!

Courses created just for parents!

  • Learn who and what to ask! (Mini Course)
  • Discover with your baby and toddler  (Baby Course)
  • Make everyday a learning experience (Preschool Course)

For Students

Pennsylvania Schools for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (WPSD) is a non-profit, tuition free school with high academic expectations. WPSD provides quality educational services and a complete extracurricular program to Deaf and hard-of-hearing children from birth through Grade 12.

DePaul School is Western Pennsylvania's auditory-oral school specializing in teaching children who are deaf or hard of hearing to listen, to speak and to learn without sign language. DePaul School serves children from birth to age 14.

Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech provide children who are deaf and hard of hearing with the listening, learning and spoken language skills they need to succeed. Clarke’s Bryn Mawr and Philadelphia campuses serve children from birth to age 6 through early intervention and preschool programs.

The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf educates a diverse student body from its urban environment within the city of Philadelphia. While some students have residual hearing that supports listening and spoken language skills, the majority of PSD's students communicate primarily through sign language.

The Scranton School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children advances the philosophy of an All-Inclusive Communication Environment where American Sign Language, sign-supported English and spoken English are practiced.

No Limits for deaf and hard of hearing children

Mission Statement:

The mission of No Limits is to meet the auditory, speech and language needs of deaf children and enhance their confidence through the theatrical arts and individual therapy as well as provide family support and community awareness on the needs and talents of deaf children who are learning to speak.

Vision Statement:

We believe in building the self esteem and communication skills of every child with a hearing loss by giving the highest quality of services so they can reach his/her potential regardless of his/her economic status. We strongly believe that parents must be actively involved and educated in this process as they are a key a factor in the success of their child

We use our theatrical and educational program to:

  • enhance confidence
  • strengthen literacy skills
  • develop competence in communication
  • offer family support
  • raise community awareness
  • increase appreciation for the arts
  • deliver crucial life-skills

For more information please visit:

Summer Programs

NAD Youth Leadership Program - The NAD Youth Leadership Camp (YLC) is a sensational four-week summer camp program for deaf and hard of hearing high school students.

For Professionals

American Sign Language and Interpreting Services

Langue des Signes, llc (LDS)

Workshops, Sensitivity Training, Sign Language Classes, Deaf/Blind Services, Advocacy

Contact: Doreen M. Kelley
Located in Delaware Co. Pa

Serving PA, NJ ,DE

Deaf Hearing Communication Centre (DHCC) Creates ASL TV Videos for Kids

AVAILABLE on Comcast Cable On Demand

DHCC, a Swarthmore based non-profit organizations that advocates for communication access for deaf and hard of hearing individuals, worked with a local film company to produce 10 videos to teach kids 5 to 8 years of age some sign language. Jesse Thomas wrote the scripts and Elena Thomas and Adam Buck star in the videos.

You can find the video if you subscribe to Comcast in the On Demand section as follows:

ASL Interpreted Performances

Hands Up Productions offers a full schedule of ASL interpreted theatrical performances.

Check Out Our Resources!

It's the start of a new semester, and your staff interpreters are preparing for their courses. Hmm, what's the sign for "eminent domain" or "pork barrel legislation"? What's most effective way of conveying idioms like "head honcho" or "red herring" in sign language? If these are some of the questions you have, then PEPNet has the solution for you! The PEPNet website includes a repository of resources, including six DVDs featuring signs for common vocabulary used in secondary and postsecondary settings.

These DVDs include:

  • A Closer Look: Signs for American National Government
  • A Closer Look: Signs for English Composition
  • A Closer Look: Signs for Idioms
  • A Closer Look: Signs for Sports
  • Math Signs
  • Signs of Survival: Health and Public Safety

The sign language DVDs were developed by teams of Deaf and hearing professionals to provide a comprehensive list of terms for each subject area. The signs included reflect well-accepted signs that were not influenced by regional variances. These DVDs can be ordered for $5.00 from PEPNet.
In addition to this featured product's, PEPNet has dozens of other resources that may be helpful in providing services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Go to the PEPNet website at, and click on "Resources" to use the online search tool. To find these resources, use the search term "DVD" and select "Materials."

Lori Hutchison
PEPNet, a collaboration of four regional centers, is supported by cooperative agreements with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, and Office of Special Education Programs

Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (ODHH)

What is ODHH?

  • We are your resource!
  • Within the PA Department of Labor and Labor & Industry
  • Has offices in Harrisburg, Allentown, Johnstown and Erie
  • Staff of 5
  • Provide service to everyone- no restrictions!
  • We are your one stop shop!
  • A place to purchase assistive listening devices
  • Or borrow it from: Assistive Technology Lending Library (search “AT lending library”)

ODHH does...

  • Administer the interpreter Registration Act
  • Act as a clearinghouse of information
  • Make referrals
  • Ensure the service provider is accessible
  • Advocate for patient rights
  • Improve communication in the work place
  • Collaborate with DPW’s Office of Children Youth & Families (OCYF)

ODHH does not...

  • provide direct services