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Deaf Internet resources
Updated: Sunday 19 November 1995
 
This page represents some of the Deaf resources on the Internet, ordered by access method. If you notice omissions or inaccuracies please let me know.

Many thanks to Frank Mounts and BlueOnLft.

* Mailing lists

* Newsletters

* USENET Newsgroups

* Gopher

* Deaf Bulletin Boards (BBSs)

* Anonymous FTP

Additionally, there are several net-based clearinghouses for information about the Deaf.

* Disability Services at University of Minnesota

* Gallaudet University

* Gallaudet University Center for Assessment and Demographic Studies


Mailing lists

Mailing lists are a very solid, low-tech method of one-to-many communication. I've noticed that most of these have a rather high signal-to-noise ratio and are notable for the eccentric regular contributors.

ADA-Law is about disability-related legislation. To join, send a message with a blank subject line to LISTSERV@VM1.NODAK.EDU or LISTSERV@NDSUVM1. In the body of the message type "subscribe ADA-Law Firstname Lastname".

ASL is an echo of alt.society.asl USENET newsgroup. To join, send a message with a blank subject line to LISTSERV@MDF.FIDONET.ORG. In the body of the message type "subscribe ADA-Law Firstname Lastname".

AXSLIB-L dicusses general topics on accessibility for the disabled, focus on libraries. To join, send a message with a blank subject line to LISTSERV@SJUVM.STJOHNS.EDU. In the body of the message type "subscribe AXSLIB-L Firstname Lastname".

DEAFBLND is a list concerning deaf-blindness. To subscribe, send a message to Bob Moore at STR002@UKCC.BITNET.

DEAF-L is a discussion list for the deaf community and those associated with it. To join, send a message with a blank subject line to LISTSERV@SIUCVMB.BITNET. In the body of the message type "subscribe DEAF-L Firstname Lastname". To post to the list, send a message to DEAF-L@SIUCVMB.BITNET.

EASI is about Equal Access to Software and Information for the disabled. To join, send a message with a blank subject line to LISTSERV@SJUVM.STJOHNS.EDU. In the body of the message type "subscribe EASI Firstname Lastname".

GESTURE-L is designed for those interested in gestures, gesture systems and alternate sign languages. To subscribe, send a message with a blank subject line to LISTSERV@COOMBS.ANU.EDU.AU. In the body of the message type "subscribe GESTURE-L Firstname Lastname". To post to the list, send a message to GESTURE-L@COOMBS.ANU.EDU.AU.

L-HCAP is about disabilities in general; will occasionally have deaf/hoh info. To join, send a message with a blank subject line to LISTSERV@VM1.NODAK.EDU or LISTSERV@NDSUVM1. In the body of the message type "subscribe L-HCAP Firstname Lastname".

MRDEAF-L is about the mentally retarded deaf/hoh. To join, send a message with a blank subject line to majordomo@bga.com. In the body of the message type "subscribe MRDEAF-L".

SLLING-L is a sign language linguistics list. To subscribe, send a message with a blank subject line to LISTSERV@YALEVM.CIS.YALE.EDU. In the body of the message type "subscribe SLLING-L Firstname Lastname". To post to the list, send a message to SLLING-L@YALEVM.CIS.YALE.EDU.

TERPS-L is about the mentally retarded deaf/hoh. To join, send a message with a blank subject line to LISTSERV@ADMIN.HUMBERC.ON.CA or LISTSERV@HUMBER.BITNET. In the body of the message type "subscribe TERPS-L Firstname Lastname".

TFA (Telephone For All) is an international news service for people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or affiliated with the deaf community. To subscribe or submit news, send a message to RBWEINSTOCK@GALLUA.HALLAUDET.EDU.


Newsletters

Electronic newsletters are interesting descendent from the early political small press. One person, or a small staff, are able to research, compose, produce, and deliver a whole spectrum of editorial and reportage.

DEAF MAGAZINE is a weekly magazine distributed by electronic mail. To subscribe, send a message with a blank subject line to DEAF-REQUEST@CLARK.NET. In the body of the message type "subscribe DEAF Firstname Lastname". To post to the list, send a message to DEAF@CLARK.NET.


USENET newsgroups

USENET (the "User's Network) is a collection of thousands of bulletin-board-style groups, each devoted to another facet of the human condition. Most are distributed around the entire planet, some are gatewayed to mailing lists.

* alt.society.asl is known as the Deaf culture's "Place of Our Own"

* bit.listserv.deaf-l is a deaf/hoh/hearing-impaired echo of the DEAF-L list

* misc.handicap is devoted to all handicaps, with the occasional have deaf/hoh thread


Gopher

Gopher is a distributed information system something like a text-only World Wide Web.

* Cornucopia of Disability Information gopher (Buffalo)

* Deaf Education Information gopher at Kent State University

* Deaf gopher at Michigan State University gopher

* DEAF-L Listserv Archive gopher

* Disabilities and Computing Program at UCLA

* Disability Information gopher (University of Maryland)

* Disability Resources at Olivetti

* Disability gopher at University of Minnesota

* EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information) gopher

* Electronic Rehabilitation Resource Center gopher (St. John's U.)

* OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education) gopher

* Wisconsin Disabilities gopher (Trace)

The gopher server at hawking.u.washington.edu contains a section devoted to the deaf and hard-of-hearing which includes links to other gophers. Among the materials included are (with links to alternative sources of information): information on the legal rights of the deaf, archives and general information about the DEAF-L mailing list, career information, guidance for families and friends of the Deaf including misconceptions, education and parenting, legislative updates, deafness-related programs and files, including ASL tutorials.


Bulletin Boards (BBSs)

(Update of April 1991; does anyone have anything later?) The following are BBSs using the phone-TTY CM-4 modem in operation (accepting either TDD/baudot 45 baud or ASCII 110-300 baud), so you can call for news any time with your TDD or computer. If you wish to be listed here, or if the number has been changed, please let me know.

Deaf BBSs
 
Key: custom third party custom software
dial-a-news remote dial-a-news software
multi-line remote multi-line DAN software
inquiry/order multi-line DAN with inquiry/order line
 
Phoenix AZ 602-275-7320 vcd PC/DAN dial-a-news
Tucson AZ 602-620-1889 Tucson DAN dial-a-news
Vancouver BC 604-738-4644 Western Inst. dial-a-news
Los AngelesCA 213-667-9362 KCET-PBS TV/td dial-a-news
Los AngelesCA 213-838-9537 CHABAD drug rehab dial-a-news
Van Nuys CA 818-902-9840 eye festival DAN multi-line
Washington DC 202-966-6095 CAPCOM (6pm-8am) dial-a-news
Washington DC 202-472-5265 National park service dial-a-news
Washington DC 800-877-8845 GSA federal relay multi-line
Washington DC 202-708-9320 GSA federal relay multi-line
Atlanta GA 404-659-3323 GA PC/DAN dial-a-news
Chicago IL 312-508-5072 Chicago DAN dial-a-news
Silver SpringMD301-593-7033 HEX-AMRAD   custom
Rockville MD 301-251-1990 TEDI info line multi-line
SpringfieldMO 417-869-2879 Ozarks dial-a-news dial-a-news
SpringfieldMO 417-869-9967 Lakes country rehab dial-a-news
Raleigh NC 919-831-6579 Computer clinic custom
Hackensack NJ 201-489-3323 phone-tty pc/DAN inquiry/order
Marlton NJ 609-985-3323 South Jersey PC/DAN inquiry/order
Trenton NJ 609-633-9831 NJ Dial-A-News dial-a-news
Plainsboro NJ 800-333-4825 Merrill Lynch DAN inquiry/order
Port MurrayNJ 201-766-1245 Profiles listing dial-a-news
Brooklyn NY 718-624-5817 Catholic deaf service dial-a-news
Rochester NY 716-334-8042 Rochester Telecom custom
White PlainsNY914-347-3275 Dollardry dock bank multi-line
Houston TX 713-475-1064 Walt's corner dial-a-news
Great FallsVA 703-759-2488 TEDI PC/DAN multi-line

Anonymous FTP

Archives of text, programs, and other information. So-called because you log in (via ftp) using "anonymous" as your username and your email address as the password.

* Handicap BBS

* LINCS-BBS or perhaps LINCS-BBS. (Netcom keeps moving their FTP tree around.)


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