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Sign Language Interpreting Services – Fort Worth/Dallas area
 

Signs2Go Interpreting and Support Services  http://www.signs2gointerpreting.com

PO Box 330713, Fort Worth, TX 76163

Phone: 817-294-SIGN (7446)       Fax: 817-294-7449

 

Hills Interpreting Services  http://www.hillinterpreting@yahoo.com

3428 Kalgary Ct., Fort Worth, TX 76179

682-597-6341 (Christy Foust)     817-721-8828 (Nellie Lowry

817-236-1442 (Fax)

 

Hired Hands, Inc. http://www.hiredhandsinc.com/

PO Box 55275, Hurst, TX 76054 

Phone/TTY: 817-236 DEAF (3323)    Fax: 817-236-5601

 

Texas Interpreting Services

4200 Heritage Trace Pkwy, Ste 116, Keller, TX 76244

Phone: 817-741-4441             Fax: 817-741-4333

Sign Language Communication

E-mail: signlanguagecommunication@gmail.com

323 Campo Dr., Grand Prairie, TX 75051

817-798-5696 (Vincent Wilson)   817-846-0290 (Annette Wilson)

 

Lathrop Interpreting Services  http://lis.vpweb.com

E-mail: lathropis@aol.com

Weatherford, TX 76086          V/TTY: 817-307-0470             Fax: 817-594-2395

 

Deaf Action Center  http://www.deafactioncentertexas.org/communications.html

3115 Crestview Dr., Dallas, TX 75235

Phone/TTY: 214-521-0407          Fax: 214521-3658

 

Merritt Interpreting Service  http://www.mis-interpreting.com  

3626 N. Hall Street, Suite 504, Dallas, Texas 75219

Phone: 214-969-5585     Fax: 214-969-5592

 

 
Sign Language Interpreter Training and Certification
 
“Being a sign language interpreter will enable you to facilitate communication from spoken English into American Sign Language and American Sign Language into spoken English in professional settings.” (Copied 11/21/07)
 
Because of the ADA, “there is currently a national and statewide shortage of interpreters. Moreover, the quality as well as the quantity of the interpreters that the market demands is increasing.” (Copied 11/21/07)
 
Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf (TSID) http://www.tsid.org
TSID is a non-profit organization for developing and strengthening the profession of interpreting in Texas.
 
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) http://www.rid.org
RID is a national organization of professional interpreters, advocating for increased quality, qualification, and quantity of interpreters through education, testing, and certification.
 
Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI) http://www.dars.state.tx.us/dhhs/bei.shtml

The State of Texas BEI evaluates interpreters to assess their skills and determine certification levels. The BEI maintains a roster of certified interpreters by skill level and handles complaints about interpreter ethics. 

 

 

 
Deaf Churches and Interpreted Services
 
Catholic Deaf Ministry – for a listing of Interpreted Masses at various churches, click the link: http://www.fwdioc.org/ministries/deaf/Pages/default.aspx    
 
 

Altamesa Church of Christ http://www.altamesa.org

Interpreted service at 10:15 a.m.

4600 Alta Mesa Blvd.

Fort Worth, TX 76133

Church Phone: 817-294-1260

Contact Person: David Seay

 

Arborlawn United Methodist Church http://www.arborlawnumc.org 

Interpreted service at 11:00  a.m.

5001 Briarhaven Rd.

Fort Worth TX 76132

Church Phone: 817-731 0701

Contact Person: Judy Williamson

 

Birchman Baptist Church http://www.birchman.org 

Call ahead to request interpreter

9100 Normandale St.

Fort Worth, TX 76116

Church Phone: 817-244-6590

Contact Person: Janay Tendly

 

Calvary Baptist Church

700 Woodard Ave.

Cleburne, TX 76031

Church Phone: 817-645-7758

Contact Person: Kipi Grabow

 

Christ United Methodist Church http://cumcfw.com

Interpreted service at 11:00  a.m.

3301 Sycamore School Rd.

Fort Worth 76123TX

Church Phone: 817-346-2400

Contact Person: Shannon Jenkins 

 

Eagle Mountain International Church

(Kenneth Copeland Ministries) http://www.emic.org

Interpreted service at 11:00 a.m.

14255 Morris-Dido Rd.

Newark, TX 76071

Church Phone:  817-252-2900

Contact Person:  Jean Sanders

 

Fielder Road Baptist Church http://fielderroad.com

Interpreted service at 9:30 a.m.

2011 S. Fielder Rd.

Arlington, TX 76013

Church Phone: 817-460-2234 (voice or TTY)

Metro Number 817-261-6732 (voice or TTY)

 

First Baptist Church, Burleson http://www.fbcburleson.com

Interpreted service at 8:10 and 9:30 a.m.

317 W. Ellison St.

Burleson, TX 76028

Church Phone:  817-295-2221

Contact Persons:  Tom and Debbie Hanley, Cecille Davis

 

First Baptist Church, Mansfield http://www.firstmansfield.com

All services interpreted. Sunday School interpreted.

1800 E. Broad St.

Mansfield, TX 76063

Church Phone:  817-473-1161

Contact Persons:  Don Miller, Jackie Taylor, Peggy Cobb

 

Fort Worth First Seventh Day Adventist Church http://www.fwfsda.org

7051 McCart Ave.

Fort Worth, TX 76133

Church Phone:   817-294-5729

Contact Person:  Dana Harold

 

Great Commission Baptist Church http://www.gcbcfw.org 

Interpreted service at 9:30 a.m.

7700 McCart Ave.

Fort Worth, TX 76133

Church Phone: 817-346-1869

Contact Person: Terrance Howard

Contact Phone: 817-433-0007

 

Legacy Church of Christ http://www.legacychurchofchrist.org

Deaf pastor and congregation have their own meeting

8801 Mid Cities Blvd.

North Richland Hills, TX 76180

Church Phone: 817-485-6749

Contact Person:  Terry Heidecker, Deaf Minister

 

McKinney Memorial Bible Church http://www.mckinneychurch.com

Call ahead to request interpreter

4805 Arborlawn Drive at S. Hulen St

Fort Worth, TX 76109

Church Phone:   817-921-5200

Contact Person:  Sammie Sheppard

 

New Life Deaf Fellowship http://www.n-l-d-f.com

6917 Brentwood Stair Rd. near I-30 and E. Loop 820

Fort Worth, TX 76112

Church Phone:   866-644-6748 (VP) or 817-457-5587 (TTY)

Contact Person:  J. Aric Randolph, pastor

 

NorthPointe Baptist Church http://www.northpointebaptist.org/

147 E. Hurst Blvd. (Hwy 10)

Hurst, TX 76053

Church Phone:   817 282-0035

Contact Person:  Kay Anderson

 

Richland Hills United Methodist Church http://www.rhumc.net

7301 Glenview Dr.

Richland Hills, TX 76180

Church Phone:   817-284-9371

 

St. Barnabas United Methodist Church http://www.stbarnabasumc.org/

Interpreted service 10:50 a.m.

5011 W. Pleasant Ridge

Arlington, TX 76016

Church Phone:   817-483-1667

Contact Person:  Connye Hart

 

Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church

2823 N. Houston St.

Fort Worth, TX76106

Church Phone:   817-6265592

Contact Person:  A. B. Lampkin

 

Southwood Baptist Church http://www.southwoodfw.com/

2633 Alta Mesa Blvd.

Fort Worth, TX 76133

Church Phone:  817-294-5822

Contact Person:  Ronda Davis

 

Trinity Baptist Church http://www.tbctexas.org/

2212 N. Davis Dr.

Arlington, TX 76012

Church Phone:   817-460-7940

Contact Person:  Benjamin Davis

 
Networks, Associations, and Agencies
 
Texas Deaf Network http://www.deafnetwork.com
Texas’ largest deaf network and newsletter” offers a wealth of information and links.
 
Texas Association of the Deaf (TAD) http://www.deaftexas.org
A membership organization for persons who are D/deaf or hard of hearing, providing information and advocacy on various issues affecting the lives of people who are D/deaf or hard of hearing.
 
National Association of the Deaf (NAD) http://www.nad.org
NAD promotes deaf awareness, culture, language, and heritage; promotes networking, advocacy, future leadership development, and communication access; influences public policy; and provides information and referral.
 
Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) http://www.dars.state.tx.us/dhhs/index.shtml

State agency for providing and coordinating services, including communication access, interpreter certification (BEI), Hearing Loss Resource Specialist program, Deafness Resource Specialist program, telephone access (STAP), senior citizens services, college tuition waiver, and consumer training and education.

 

Fort Worth Regional Day School for the Deaf Alumni Association  http://www.ftwrdsdaa.org.

Annual picnic and networking for former students, faculty, and staff of FWISD RDSD.

 

 

 

 

Education Resources for Deaf Students and Their Parents
 
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing http://www.agbell.org/
AGBell offer information and advocacy on Auditory-Oral education for deaf and hard of hearing children.

American Society for Deaf Children http://www.deafchildren.org/               ASDC began as a parent-helping-parent network. It is now a national, independent non-profit organization providing resources for parents of deaf children. Its publication is The Endeavor. 

Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) http://www.tsd.state.tx.us/                      TSD offers accredited academic programs and extracurricular activities to deaf and hard of hearing students, ages 0-22. Focuses on academics, personal development, and relationships.

Gallaudet University www.gallaudet.edu
Gallaudet University is the world leader in liberal education and career development for deaf and hard-of-hearing undergraduate students. The University enjoys an international reputation for the outstanding graduate programs it provides deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing students, as well as for the quality of the research it conducts on the history, language, culture, and other topics related to deaf people. In addition, the University's LaurentClercNationalDeafEducationCenter serves deaf and hard-of-hearing children at its two demonstration schools and throughout the nation by developing, implementing, and disseminating innovative educational strategies.” (Copied 11/21/07)
 
National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) http://www.ntid.rit.edu/
“Rochester Institute of Technology and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf offer you a superior career-based education that’s affordable with outstanding support and access services and a rich campus life.” (Copied 11/21/07)
 
Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (SWCID) www.howardcollege.edu
SWCID, part of HowardCollege in Big Spring, is the only community college program just for deaf and hard of hearing students in Texas.
 
Texas State Technical College Waco http://www.waco.tstc.edu/programs/index.php
TSTC Waco offers over 100 associate’s degrees in technical fields, along with special accommodation for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Accommodations include interpreters and note takers. Areas of study include: agriculture; information technology and telecommunications; engineering and manufacturing; health and science; business, commerce and service; and transportation and aviation. Hands-on learning by experience is emphasized.
 

By a parent for parents, Listen-Up offers a vast array of links and other resources on deafness, hearing loss, and education. While some of it is outdated, it is still useful.

 

Online Speech Pathology Programs      http://onlinespeechpathologyprograms.net/speech-sites/

”Many children grow up with speech and language developmental delays, which can extend into adulthood if untreated, making it difficult to do well in school and in the workplace. Communication is a crucial part of daily living, and speech disorders, from stuttering to apraxia of speech, can significantly hinder a person’s ability to excel. Speech-language pathologists study for years to uncover the origins of speech development delays, and how to get past them. Many speech-language pathologists and parents of children with apraxia of speech have taken to blogging to share resources, teaching tips, and technology recommendations for making speech development easy and fun." Find them here. 

 

  

Research on Hearing Loss and Deafness
 
Gallaudet Research Institute (GRI) http://gri.gallaudet.edu/
Associated with Gallaudet University, “GRI researchers gather and analyze data concerning the social, academic, and perceptual characteristics of deaf and hard of hearing populations, primarily to provide information needed by educators in the field. Staff are skilled in various research methodologies including surveys, test norming & assessment, ethnographic studies, clinical studies, and information management.” (Copied 11/21/07)
 
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/
One of the Institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), NIDCD conducts and supports “biomedical and behavioral research and research training in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language” and related health issues. (Copied 11/21/07) 
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Telephone Access - STAP

Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program

 

Public Utility Commission of Texas:

http://www.puc.state.tx.us/relay/stapc/what.cfm

PUC’s general information on STAP

 

http://www.puc.state.tx.us/relay/about/staphist.cfm

STAP History

 

http://www.puc.state.tx.us/relay/stapc/stap_faq.cfm

PUC’s Frequently Asked Questions on STAP

 

 

Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)

Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services:

http://www.dars.state.tx.us/dhhs/stap.shtml

STAP main page, with links to application forms and other information

 

http://www.dars.state.tx.us/dhhs/device/devices.shtml

Types of users, devices available – help with selecting equipment

 

http://www.dars.state.tx.us/dhhs/dhhsfaqs.shtml#stap

DARS/DHHS Frequently Asked Questions on STAP

 

 

 

Associations and Agencies
 
Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) http://www.hearingloss.org/
The Hearing Loss Association of America is the nation’s largest organization for people with hearing loss. The Hearing Loss Association of America exists to open the world of communication for people with hearing loss through information, education, advocacy and support.” (Copied 11/21/07) Much information and many helpful links are provided on their website.
 
Hearing Loss Association of Fort Worth (HLA-FW) http://www.hla-fw.net/
HLA-FW is the Fort Worth Chapter of the national organization Hearing Loss Association of America. The chapter meets on the second Saturday of each month at the Goodrich Center. Meetings are made accessible through amplification, an assistive listening system, and real time captioning. Links to the chapter newsletter and other resources are provided on their website.
 
HLAA DFW Mid-Cities Chapter http://hlaagrapevine.com/
A new chapter of HLAA began in Grapevine, Texas, in January 2007. It is currently meeting at Tarrant County College NE Campus in Hurst, Texas. It meets on the first Saturday of each month, with refreshments 10:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m. and program 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. CART (real-time captioning) and assistive listening devices are provided for the meetings.
 
Association of Late Deafened Adults (ALDA) http://www.alda.org/
ALDA is a national association of persons who have become or are becoming deaf as adults. It has chapters, conventions, publications, and online lists on various topics.
 
“The SayWhatClub is an on-line group of circa 400 late-deafened, hard of hearing and deaf/Deaf adults and other interested folks who provide support and encouragement to each other through e-mail. Our goal is to provide a friendly, good-humored place to exchange conversation, information, advice, deep thoughts, humor, tall tales, and chit chat. It is our hope that members will get to know each other and develop an on-line ‘community feeling.’” (Copied 11/21/07)

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