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MADHH Resources

MADHH resources include a wide variety of Deaf related pamphlets that address various topics such as information for senior citizens, information on assistive technology, Deaf organizations, work related advice for the deaf, children and families of Deaf individuals, Deaf education and ASL, substance abuse, and pamphlets presented targeting in various languages.

Our lending Library includes the following materials available for check out:

ADCO Hearing Products

ADCO Multimedia Catalog of Books, Videos, DVDs, and Software
volume 7M

Multimedia Catalog of Books, Videos, DVDs, and Software volume 11C

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
What are Hearing Aids?
Hearing aids are the single most effective therapeutic approach for the majority of people with hearing loss.  Hearing aids are ear-level or body-worn instruments designed to amplify sound.  They collect sounds from the environment (via a microphone), amplify the sounds, then direct this amplified signal into the user's ear (via a receiver).  All hearing aids receive their power from a battery.

This pamphlet explains how hearing aids are selected for an individual, the various hearing aid styles, and the hearing aid electronics (what is inside the hearing aid).

Alzheimer's Association

Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia, is a progressive degenerative disease that attacks the brain, resulting in impaired memory, thinking and behavior.  Over 4.5 million people are afflicted with Alzheimer's disease in the United States.  It is projected that 14 million Americans will have Alzheimer's or a related disorder by the year 2050 if no cure is found.

This pamphlet explains further what Alzheimer's disease is, what the symptoms are, forms of treatments available, places to turn for help, and various programs and services.

Americans with Disabilities Act

ADA Title III: Tools You May Need to Communicate with Persons Who Have a Hearing Loss

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) is the only civil rights law for people with disabilities.  Title III of the ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability.  Public accommodations must provide their services to persons with disabilities in the most integrated settings possible

Public accommodations are required to ensure that their communications with persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind are effective.  This pamphlet discusses the various accommodations available for people with hearing losses, including various technologies, and the use of interpreters to aid in communication.

ADA Questions and Answers for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals

This booklet contains content regarding ADA obligations, separated into four parts in question and answer format:  Introduction, Duties of state and local government agencies, Duties of places of public accommodation, and New and altered construction:  ADAAG requirements

Bethel College

American Sign Language:  English Interpreting Program

The Bethel College American Sign Language program began in 1995 and is the first four-year interpreting program established in Indiana.  Housed in the Division of Language and Literature, the program was developed from the standards promoted by the Conference of Interpreter Trainers.  We offer a variety of academic opportunities, linguistic and cultural immersion, and a faculty and staff that is both knowledgeable and supportive:  all of these qualities encompassed by a Christian world view.

Communication Access Center

Introducing CAC Job Opportunities & Business Solutions

CAC JOBS builds relationships between Employers and Deaf/Hard of Hearing employees along with MI Works, thereby; giving the employers the luxury of receiving quality workers from an untapped pool. 

With technology as a driving force in society today, thousands of employers and employees now rely upon technology in order to have their business running successfully.  Our agency provides technological resources and equipment that enhance accessibility to communication with a Deaf/Hard of Hearing employee.

Community Dispute Resolution Center

Mediation:  Where the winning solution is up to you!

Mediation is a process in which two or more people involved in a dispute meet in a private, confidential setting and with the help of a neutral person, work out a solution to their problem.

A mediator is not a judge; he or she does not decide who is right or wrong.  A mediator does not force anybody to reach an agreement they aren't comfortable with or to accept any particular settlement terms.

This brochure discusses what kinds of problems can be worked out through mediation, why to try mediation, if mediation can be tried if a case has already been filed in court, and more. 

Constance Brown Hearing and Speech Center

Newborn Hearing Screening:  Early Intervention for Hearing Problems

Approximately, 1 out of 200 babies is born with a hearing loss.  Unfortunately, most of these babies are not identified as having a hearing loss until after two years of age.  The early identification and early treatment of hearing loss is critical for the development of a child's speech and language.

This pamphlet discusses how the program works, what happens if a baby fails the screening, what happens if the baby is not screened, and more.

Detroit Public Schools
Assistive Technology Training and Information Center (ATTIC)

ATTIC provides a comprehensive resource to southeastern Wayne County.  We believe that each child is an individual and learns in unique ways.  We will ensure opportunities to maximize learning for all special needs students by providing access to their educational environment, through the implementation of assistive technology.  We believe that by acting as technological support to the educational process, we will assist special needs students to become productive participants in an global society.

This pamphlet discusses resources available to citizens, and information regarding contacting staff to help in various ways to improve students.

Your Path to Career Success Begins Here

Students receive more than just job training for careers at DPS Career and Technical Centers.  We train, assess and provide supportive services that enhance our students academic abilities and technical skills so that they will succeed in a competitive job market.

Students are taught employability skills and technical training based on industry standards.  We teach our students work ethics, safe work practices, job responsibilities and job retention skills.  Our students are job-ready when they graduate from a DPS Career and Technical Center.

Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing
DODHH pamphlet, bookmark

The Division on Deaf & Hard of Hearing (DODHH) is a state agency within the commission on Disability Concerns in the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth (DLEG).  Inside this brochure are different services the DODHH offers, interpreter information and testing programs, auxiliary aids and assistive devices, as well as some important laws in existence to protect the rights of those who are deaf and hard of hearing, and more.

Early On Michigan

Development or Health of Your Child?

Most parents wonder at times if their child is growing and developing like other children.  If you think that your child's growth, learning, or social skills are not the same as those of other children the same age, the sooner you check it out the better.  

Call Early On Michigan.  We'll talk with you and refer you to an Early On coordinator close to your home.  Your coordinator will help you find out if your child qualifies for free or low cost services.  Your coordinator can also give you information on things that you can do to help your baby grow and learn.


E-Michigan:  Deaf and Hard of Hearing People, your link to information on a variety of topics, including parents, youth, seniors, deaf culture, accommodations, and many more.

Freedom To Work Medicaid

Earn a living, keep your Medicaid and plan for the future!

The new "Freedom to Work" law allows persons with disabilities who work to increase earnings and savings and still keep your Medicaid coverage.
The brochure contains information regarding whether one qualifies for Medicaid, how it can help, how much it can cost, and information on how to enroll.


Hearing Loss Association of America

Hearing Loss Association of America information pamphlet

Hearing Loss Association of America is the nation's foremost membership and advocacy organization for people with hearing loss.  Our clear, straightforward message has changed the lives of thousands of people for over two decades.  Hearing loss is a daily challenge you can overcome.  You do not have to hide your hearing loss. You do not have to face hearing loss alone.

This pamphlet contains information about Hearing Loss Association of America, as well as a membership form. 

Hearing Loss Association of Ann Arbor

Hearing Loss Association of Ann Arbor is a chapter of the national organization Hearing Loss Association of America.  We gather and share resources to help our members make the most of the hearing loss they live with.

When you have a problem, there is nothing quite as difficult to handle as the feeling that you are alone. It usually seems that o one knows just how you feel because your problem in unique.  Professionals, doctors, teachers and counselors can only do so much.  How can they know anything if it is not happening to them?  Sometimes it seems that you are just a statistic or a guinea pig. 

This pamphlet explains who Hearing Loss Association of Ann Arbor is, as well as what they can do for you, and information on how to join.

Hearing Technology Resource Specialists:  Hearing Assistive Technology Comparison Demonstrations

Since no two hearing losses are the same, a wide range of hearing assistive technology (HAT) is a good thing.  However, it can be confusing trying to determine which piece of equipment is right for you.  That's where our trained volunteer Hearing Technology Resource Specialists can help.

Legal Aid of Western Michigan

Legal Aid of Western Michigan provides free legal services in non-criminal cases to low income and elderly residents of Western Michigan.

This brochure explains what legal aid is, who is eligible for legal services, what kind of cases legal aid handles, how to file a grievance, how to get help with legal problems, and much more. 

Lions Club International

Lions Club Membership Application

The Lions Club aims to create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and international cooperation.  We Serve.

Lions Hearing Center of Southeastern Michigan

The objectives of the Lions Hearing Center of Southeastern Michigan is to improve hearing health care in Southeastern Michigan, provide education and social services to assist the hearing impaired, and to further develop research to help rehabilitate, cure and prevent hearing loss and related disorders.

Lions Hearing Committee
This pamphlet contains various facts regarding hearing loss, the common causes of hearing loss, methods of protecting ones hearing, reasons to be checked out by a doctor, and a quick fun word search with key terms.

Michigan Association for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

MADHH is a statewide collaborative agency dedicated to improving the quality of life for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing through leadership in advocacy, education and services.

Assistive Devices for People with Hearing Loss
This catalog contains various products designed for deaf and hard of hearing people.  Some of the products in the catalog are telephone products, assistive listening devices, hearing aid products, speech assistance, alarm clocks, notification products, emergency products, videophones, text telephones, and ADA compliance products.

Attorneys, Courts, and Government Agencies Responsibilities to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing under the Americans with Disabilities Act

This brochure includes basic information on your responsibilities to deaf or hard of hearing persons under the ADA.  There are several areas covered in this brochure:  Lip Reading, Sign Language/Oral Interpreters, Written Language, Jury Duty, Miranda Rights, Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf (TTYs/TDDs), and Rehabilitation services.

Choosing a Hearing Aid

Any hearing loss can impact your life.  Even a mild hearing loss can impose a significant change in your life.  Hearing aids can make a difference.  A hearing aid may improve your hearing and make it easier to continue to participate in social activities and to communicate with those around you.  Before anyone can say they need a hearing aid, it's important to make a thorough self-examination of personal behaviors and lifestyle.  How well can you hear in certain situations.

This brochure explains how a hearing aid works, getting a hearing test, and other questions to ask.

Don't Get Me Started! 
Tobacco and You
A prevention video about the dangers of smoking, smokeless tobacco, and second hand smoke. 

Don't Get Me Started is a tobacco prevention video created for deaf and hard of hearing students.  Don't Get Me Stated will help your students learn about the dangers of smoking, smokeless tobacco, and second hand smoke.  The video is signed, open captioned, and voiced.  It is especially designed for deaf and hard of hearing students and is suitable for ages 10 to 18.

Hearing Loss in Infants and Children:  A Guide for Parents

This brochure has been developed to address questions parents have upon learning their child has a hearing loss.  It includes information and resources regarding educational programs, communication modes, and assistive technology.  It also provides an overview of some causes of hearing loss, and testing. 

Hospitals, Physicians, and Medical Treatment Facilities Responsibilities to Deaf and Hard of Hearing under the Americans with Disabilities Act

This pamphlet explains what the Americans with Disabilities Act is, as well as the basic information on your responsibilities to deaf or hard of hearing persons under these laws.  There are five areas covered in this brochure:  Physicians, Using Interpreters, Written Language, Staff Training, and Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf (TTYs and TDDs)  In each area, the ADA includes special provisions for different situations.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye
:  Accommodating People with Hearing Loss in the Court Room
When a deaf or hard of hearing person comes into the court - as a litigant, attorney, prospective juror, witness, or other participant, the experience can be frustrating to both the hearing impaired individual as well as the courts' personnel.  Communication barriers can lead to misinterpretation or potential liability.  With the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1992, courts are required to provide communication accommodation for deaf and hard of hearing people.

Tips for Communicating with the Hearing-Impaired Student in the Classroom

Every teacher at some time may have a student with a disability.  Inclusive Education allows students with disabilities to participate in the entire general education curriculum with accommodations and other support of assistive listening devices, a note taker and/or teacher consultant.  An alternative to inclusive education is main streaming or integrating.  In this model, the hearing-impaired student spends part of the school day in a self-contained hearing-impaired classroom and part of the day in general classrooms. A student may or may not have supports in the general classroom. 

Deaf or hard-of-hearing students are just like hearing students.  The only difference is they can't hear or hear differently.  Hearing-impaired students do not always exchange information in the same way as hearing students.  One implication of hearing loss is that students may not participate as fully in class discussions.  They may not be able to lipread teachers' lecturers or students' questions and comments, or they may need a sign language interpreter or other assistive technologies.

Using a TTY or TDD

A TTY or TDD are machines used by deaf and hard of hearing people to communicate by telephone.  People communicate by typing messages on a typewriter-like keyboard.  The messages are displayed on a small panel on the TTYs at both ends of the phone line.

This pamphlet explains the difference between a TTY and a TDD, how they work, how to make a call, and other common questions revolving around using a TTY or TDD.

Working with an Interpreter - bookmark
Working with Interpreters - brochure
A sign language interpreter is an individual who possesses state qualification or national certification to assist with communication between deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing people.  Interpreters can facilitate communication in medical, legal, and business settings, during lectures, meetings or other interactive situations.

These documents explain the different types of interpreters, steps for using interpreters, and more.

Michigan Coalition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People

The Michigan Coalition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People is a statewide coalition of agencies and organizations working together to improve access and services to Michigan's Deaf and Hard of Hearing people.

This brochure explains how the Coalition began, how the Coalition is supported, how they serve, as well as who is the Coalition.

Michigan Community Dispute Resolution Program
Mediation and the Americans with Disabilities Act
Mediation is a voluntary process that uses a trained neutral third party (the mediator) to facilitate problem-solving discussions.  The mediator will not act as a judge or an advocate, and will not decide who is at fault or how they dispute should be resolved.  The mediator will use communication and negotiation skills to assist the parties in resolving their dispute.

This pamphlet contains information concerning mediation.  It goes through what happens during mediation, what the outcome of mediation is, how mediation can be used to resolve ADA disputes, who mediators are, details regarding other experts being used to find workable solutions, and benefits of mediation.

Michigan Deaf Senior Housing Coalition

The Deaf Senior Housing Coalition is committed to establishing the first Deaf Senior Housing Community in the state of Michigan with on-site support services and advanced technology to permit aging in place in an environment designed to provide full access within a senior living community.

Michigan Department of Community Health

Children's Special Health Care Services

Children's Special Health Care Services is a program within the Michigan Department of Community Health.  It is for children and some adults with special health care needs and their families.  We help persons with chronic health problems by providing many services.

The pamphlet explains the different services CSHCS provides, as well as who can join CSHCS, why people should join, and how to join.

Guide-By-Your-Side:  a program for families with infants & young children who are deaf or hard of hearing

Guide-By-Your-Side program is a program designed to help parents in a variety of ways.  It can help people meet another parent who also has a deaf or hard of hearing child, answer questions, share information and resources, connect you with organizations that might be able to help.

Also included are parent guides, and information pertaining to what happens after one has signed up for a parent guide.

Michigan's Community Hearing Screening Program
(partnered with Early On Michigan)
Babies begin to understand language from the moment of birth.  Speech and language are already developing even though first words won't be spoken until about 12 months of age.  In order to develop speech and language, babies must be able to hear.  That's why it is important to identify babies who have a hearing loss, so they can receive help with language development at a young age.

This pamphlet explains what to do if one can't afford the follow-up hearing tests, treatments for babies with hearing loss, where to find help if your child has a hearing loss, what to watch for as the child grows, and a hearing checklist for a sound start.

MI Volunteer Registry

MI Volunteer Registry seeks people with all skill levels and experiences.  The pamphlet talks about why volunteers need to register, where to register, what is expected of volunteers, how one gets contacted, and the liability protections for volunteers.

Information for Parents regarding Detection Programs for Children  (in multiple languages)

Michigan Hands & Voices

What Works for your Child is what Makes the Choice Right

We are an organization dedicated to non-biased support to families who have children who are deaf or hard of hearing.  We will provide activities and information statewide to parents and professionals that may include outreach events, educational seminars, advocacy, parent-to-parent networking, and newsletters.  We believe that families will make the best choices for their child if they have access to good information and support.  Our organization represents people who use varying approaches to communication and assistive technology - from American Sign Language to cochlear implants.

Michigan Protection & Advocacy Services, Inc.  (MPAS)
Assistive Technology Advocacy Service

Assistive technology includes both assistive technology devices and assistive technology services.  An assistive technology device is any piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, used to increase, maintain or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.  An assistive technology serice means any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device. 

This brochure discusses the various assistive technology devices and services, laws that help people with assistive technology needs, and services MPAS offer.

What can we do for you?

Our mission is to advance the dignity, equality, self-determination, and expressed choices of individuals.  Michigan Protection and Advocacy Services, Inc. promotes, expands, and protects the human and legal rights of people by providing them with information and advocacy.

This pamphlet explains what MPAS does, and information pertaining to information and referral, technical assistance, legal representation, workshops and seminars, as well as the various programs MPAS provides.

Michigan Special Education Mediation Program
Skill-Building Workshops

You play a pivotal role in the lives of individuals with special needs from birth to age 26.  Whether you are a parent, educator, or service provider, your work lays the foundation for success in early intervention or special education.  You shape development and education for young people through the IFSP and IEP processes and in a number of other settings.  You strive to build futures through productive working relationships with other involved in program planning and implementation.

This pamphlet talks about the real world skills required to be successful, scheduling workshops, how the skills would help, and more.

Special Education Mediation Program for the Special Issues of Special Education
Conflicts between parents of students with disabilities and school personnel are often challenging.  Although parties want the best education program for the student, they cannot always agree on what is best.  In the past, parents and school staff have mainly used formal and adversarial tools for resolving disputes such as the complaint//investigation process, due process hearings, appeals, or lawsuits.  These processes not only position parents and schools against each other, but they can take months or even years to complete, and little is gained for the child in the meantime.  Hearing and especially court cases, tend to increase tension and are seldom satisfying for both parties.  Mediation is an alternative. 

Michigan State Police Emergency Management Division

Family Preparedness Guide

This guide has been created to help develop an emergency plan, provide information on how to assemble an Emergency Supply Kit, and provide specific contact telephone numbers and web sites which you can use for emergency assistance.  This guide will help you:  Learn what to do before, during, and after an emergency, create an emergency plan for your family, prepare an emergency supply kit, and find web sites for additional information.

Michigan State University

Occupational Hearing Loss Among Lawncare Workers

Hearing gets worse as you get older, but if you protect your hearing, you can delay hearing impairment until at least your 60's.  By the age of 26, lawncare workers who do not protect their hearing will have the hearing of a 60 year old who has had a quiet job or protected their hearing.

This pamphlet talked about how hearing loss is permanent and irreversible, what hearing loss can lead to, and tips on how to become aware of the risks associated with hearing loss.

Work-Related Hearing Loss Questions and Answers

Your ear receives sound waves and sends them through a delicately balanced system to the brain.  Part of this remarkable system is a chamber in the inner ear filled with fluid and lined with thousands of tiny hair cells.  The hair cells signal the auditory nerve to send electrical impulses to the brain.  The brain interpreters these impulses as sound.  When you are exposed to loud or prolonged noise, the hair cells are damaged and the transmission of sound in permanently altered.  Exposure can be form a one time exposure to extremely loud noise, repeated or long exposure to loud noise, or extended exposure to moderate noise.

This pamphlet is designed to help prevent hearing loss, by explaining what sounds cause hearing loss, and what should be done about the hearing loss.

National Council on Alcoholism and rug Dependence of Michigan, Inc. (NCADD)

Project Vox:  People in Recovery speaking out

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of Michigan is a statewide, nonprofit organization founded in to promote public understanding of alcoholism and drug dependence as preventable and treatable diseases.  Project Vox is designed to give a greater voice to persons with addictive disorders and to their family members/significant others to assist in changing the way society related to and treats people suffering from addiction.  Project Vox uses the personal experiences of people in recovery to provide a "unified voice" to reduce the stigma associated with alcoholism and rug dependency.

New Horizons

Services for the Hearing Impaired

New Horizons is a private, not-for-profit organization founded in 1964 that began as an outgrowth of a parents' group concerned with the lack of opportunities available with disabilities. 

This pamphlet talks about why special programs for people with hearing impairments, the various programs and services, and the goals of New Horizons.

O'Connor Hearing Center

Audiology Services and Complete Hearing Aid Care

The O'Connor Hearing Center is dedicated to providing you with caring, experienced, professional services to help you reach your greatest hearing potential.

Today, new technology exists for exciting, attractive and effective hearing aids that may improve your quality of life.. We offer a full line of digital hearing aids which encompass precision hearing and stylish solutions in a wide range of price points.  These products are high quality, state of the art, instrumentation.  This pamphlet explains the services provided, including hearing testing, hearing aids, earplugs, and assistive listening devices.

Open Doors:  Options in Communication and Education for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
The objective of this booklet is to provide unbiased information to families with young children who are deaf or hard of hearing to assist them with communication, socialization and education choices.  The booklet will provide:  a description of each of the various modes of communication available for use with and among children who are deaf or hard of hearing; a look at various important issues for parents to consider when making communication and education decisions for their child; an overview of various educational options; information on basic legal rights and how these rights empower parents to be their child's most effective advocates within the education; a listing of resources to which parents might turn for more information, including publications, organizations, and information sites on the internet.

Paws With a Cause
Paws With a Cause trains assistance dogs nationally for people with disabilities and provides lifetime team support which encourages independence. 
There are several different kinds of assistance dogs:  hearing dogs, service dogs, seizure response dogs, and social support dogs.

Presbyterian Villages of Michigan

Come Live with Us

The Presbyterian Villages of Michigan Foundation sustains and advances the mission of Presbyterian Villages of Michigan by providing philanthropic support for benevolent care, services, programs, and residences for seniors of all faiths.

The Pamphlet contains information regarding continuing care retirement communities, apartments, assisted living, Alzheimer's/Memory Care Services, Respite Services, Medicare Sub-Acute Rehabilitation Services, Skilled Nursing Care/Nursing Home, and Home Care Services

Recording For the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D)

This is RFB&D

RFB&D is the world's leading producer and provider of educational materials in recorded and computerized formats.  A nonprofit volunteer organization, RFB&D is the nation's educational library serving people who cannot effectively read standard print because of visual impairment, dyslexia or other physical disability.  Our mission is to create opportunities for individual success by providing, and promoting the effective use of, accessible educational materials.

Starkey Laboratories, Inc.
ELI:  Hands Free Communication with Hearing Aids

The new ELI (Ear Level Instrument) employs Bluetooth, the world's most popular connection technology, to wirelessly connect your BTE hearing instrument to mobile phones and a wide variety of Bluetooth-compatible electronics, including computers, high-definition television and sound systems. 

This brochure talks about how the ELI works, the technical specs of the ELI, and the benefits of using such a device.

The Law Center for Social Security Rights

A World on SSI For Disabled Children

The Law Center for Social Security Rights provides a free phone consultation service that you can call during normal business hours. Your call will be handled the same day you contact the Center and all of your questions will be answered free of charge. 

This pamphlet discusses various topics regarding the Law, including how much it should cost to hire an attorney, applying for SSI benefits, collecting SSI for disabled children, and much more.

Guide to Social Security Disability and SSI

This pamphlet will ell you what types of disability programs are available from Social Security; Who is eligible; how to apply; the appeal process; and what you need to know once benefits start.  You should also be aware that both adults and children may be eligible for benefits.

TV Ears:  A Full Listening Experience

There are sounds and words you are missing.  So make your next outing more fun and bring TV Ears with you.  You will enjoy rich sound and hear everything as if you are standing right next to the speaker.