1. Alaska State School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ASSDHH)
a. Educational Philosophy: “The Alaska State School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing provides an educational option for PreK-12 for deaf and hard of hearing students that fosters and supports the development of both American Sign Language and English. This learning model will enable each student to acquire and effectively use the life and knowledge skills necessary to achieve his or her own personal, academic, social and vocational goals; and by so doing make significant contributions to society in general, and to the deaf community in particular.” Retrieved on May 15, 2015 from https://www.asdk12.org/aboutschools/assdhh/schoolname,3135,en.html
b. Coordinator of Interpreter and Support Staff: Tracy Pifer – Pifer_Tracy@asdk12.org
d. Schools: Russian Jack Elementary School, Clark Middle School, East High School
2. Alaska Advisory Board for the Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DEB)
a. Purpose: “We are an advisory board for the education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students across Alaska. We are a diverse group of educators and government officials with a wide variety of educational philosophies. We work together to promote the best practices in Deaf education for the students we serve.” Retrieved on May 15, 2015 from https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alaska-Advisory-Board-for-the-Education-o…
b. DEB Chair: Courtney Westmann
3. Alaska Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)
a. Objective: “The primary objective of AKRID is to provide professional development for interpreters; exchange ideas, opinions, and experiences concerning interpreting; act as a body to advance professional and ethical standards for interpreters; and advocate for professional recognition of interpreters, (Article 2, AKRID Bylaws).” Retrieved on May 15, 2015 from http://alaskarid.org/page-1642185
a. “Alaska Relay is a free public service that enables people with hearing or speech loss who use a teletypewriter (TTY) or other assistive device to communicate with standard telephone users.
The conversation is relayed between the two parties by a specially trained Alaska Relay Communications Assistant (CA). Alaska Relay is available 24 hours a day 365 days per year.” Retrieved May 15, 2017 http://www.alaskarelay.com/relay-services
5. Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell)
a. The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) is a national organization that offers support, resources and information for children and adults with hearing loss and the professionals that support them.
AG Bells’ mission: Advance Listening and Spoken Language for Individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.” The organization does this through chapters located throughout the United States, and international affiliates and partnerships.
The Alaska Chapter of AG Bell formed in 2017 through the efforts of local families who believe that the most successful path forward for their deaf and hard-of-hearing children to thrive and learn is through listening and talking. They can connect you with families that can share personal stories, exchange information, and provide support. The Alaska chapter can also direct you toward resources provided at the national level, including financial aid and scholarships, parent advocacy programs, leadership opportunities for teens (LOFT), and up to date information on hearing loss, education, advocacy initiatives, listening and spoken language and family support.
The Alaska Chapter of AG Bell meets on the first Monday of the month in Anchorage. Please join us from 6-8 pm at the Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC), Conference Room 2 (across from the café), 4315 Diplomacy Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508.
Our meetings are family friendly and we are determined to be accessible to families and adults throughout the state of Alaska. Please contact us if you would like to know more or attend our meetings.
b. AK Chapter Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/agbellalaska or email AKchapter@agbell.org for details and monthly updates.
AG Bell National Chapter website: www.agbell.org
6. Assistive Technology of Alaska (ATLA)
a. Mission Statement: “To enhance the quality of life for Alaskans through assistive technology.” Retrieved on May 15, 2015 from http://www.atlaak.org
7. Audiology Businesses/Clinics
a. Alaska Center for Ear, Nose, and Throat – Hearing
Office Address: Providence Alaska Medical Center
(In the “T” Tower)
3841 Piper Street, Suite 230
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
b. Alaska Native Medical Center – Audiology Clinic
Office Address: 3801 University Lake Drive, second floor
Office Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
Phone: (907) 729-1400
c. Northern Hearing Audiology
Anchorage Office and Corporate Headquarters
4200 Lake Otis Parkway, Suite 302
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
Toll Free Statewide: 1-888-391-1326
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Walk-In hearing aid repair services available M, T, TH & F 12-1 PM.
935 Westpoint Drive
Wasilla, Alaska 99654
Monday – Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
a. Purpose: “The Bridges Navigator Program is a statewide program that provides a range of resources and services designed to improve long-term employment and housing options to Alaskans who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. This program is run by Alyeska Vocational Services, funded via a grant provided by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.” Retrieved on May 15, 2015 from http://www.bridgesnavigator.org/about.html
b. Office: Wellness Community Center
3500 East 20th Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
9. Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI)
a. Contact: Annette L. Callies
Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI)
Women’s Children’s and Family Health (WCFH)
Department of Health and Social Services
3601 C Street, Suite 322
Anchorage, Alaska 99503-7123
10. Gallaudet University Regional Center
a. Purpose: “Through partnerships with host institutions, the Gallaudet University Regional Centers share Gallaudet’s undergraduate and graduate programs and Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center’s resources and expertise through training programs, workshops and conferences, youth programs, technical assistance, and consultation.” Retrieved May 15, 2017 from https://www.gallaudet.edu/office-of-national-outreach/regional-centers
11. Listening and Spoken Language Program – Anchorage School District
a. Williwaw Elementary School – HOH Program
12. SESA – Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program
a. Purpose: SESA specialists provide consultative services to school teams for students who are from the ages of 3 to 22 years of age who live in a rural area of Alaska with hearing loss.
b. Contact: Olivia Yancey, MDE
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education Specialist
Special Education Service Agency
3501 Denali Street, Suite 101
Anchorage, AK 99503
(907) 334-1332 (Direct Line)
(907) 202-9437 (Video Phone)
(907) 563-8284 (TTY)
(907) 562 – 0545 (Fax)
13. Stone Soup Group – Parent Navigators
a. Purpose: “Parent Navigation is a statewide service that assists parents and family members of a child with special needs from birth to age 26. Learning that you have a child with special needs can be overwhelming in a number of ways. Parent Navigators are there to help assist family members as they “navigate” through the options and resources available by offering specialized information, support, trainings and resources based on each child’s unique needs. Parent Navigators are connected to community resources and will help families make informed decisions, ensuring that, as a family, they are receiving long-term quality, coordinated care and support.” Retrieved on May 18, 2015 from http://www.stonesoupgroup.org/Parent_Nav.html
b. Contact: Phone (907) 561-3701/ Toll Free: (877) 786-7327
c. Website: http://www.stonesoupgroup.org/Navigators.html