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What is the Deaf Resource Library?

The Deaf Resource Library (http://www.deaflibrary.org) is a virtual library -- an online collection of reference material and links intended to educate and inform people about Deaf cultures in Japan and the United States; as well as deaf and hard of hearing related topics. While I have a bias towards cultural Deaf models, I have tried to include more material about hard of hearing issues as well.

The information is collected here as a service to the Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing communities. I gladly welcome contributions to this online library by e-mail (contributions <at> deaflibrary.org). However, I am unfortunately not able to respond to e-mailed questions about Deaf culture or Deaf society. I would kindly suggest asking the research librarian at your local college for assistance.

You'll get an auto-reply back when you send me e-mail, you might want to read it here first!

Another great source of everything to do about deafness can be found at the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center Information on Deafness web site. Please check it out if you think I'm missing anything.

Please, please notify me (brokenlinks <at> deaflibrary.org) if you notice any broken, moved, or outdated links. It's only with the help of others that I'm able to keep track of these many links. Please note that if it's not listed here or if the link is broken, I don't know where it moved to. Please try Google and if you find the link, please e-mail me it to me. Please note that I might not be able to update the site or respond to your e-mail immediately, but I'll do my best to remove dead links and add any new information that comes in.


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Who am I?

The Deaf Resource Library was created in 1995 and is being maintained by myself, Karen Nakamura. I'm an Associate Professor of Anthropology and East Asian Studies at Yale University. I've been studying disability culture, history, and political/social movements in Japan and the United States for the past decade. Please visit my academic home page at Yale for more information about my academic background and courses that I teach.

Deaf Bibliographies

These bibliographies were mainly for my own research purposes way, way back in 1995-98. I recoded the general bibliography to include a general reading list. I also strongly recommend visiting Amazon.com and typing in "Deaf" as a search topic. I haven't added to these bibliographies in the past several years decade, so they're a bit (quite? severely?) out of date.

Deaf Community Resources

These are some community resources for Deaf, hard-of-hearing, their relatives, friends, etc.

[ASL] About American Sign Language (ASL)
[JSL] About Japanese Sign Language (JSL)
[LETTERS] Letters to the Editor (me) about the Deaf Community
Includes a series about fire safety and interconnecting TTYs and modems
[MAGAZINES] Deaf magazines and newsletters from all across the U.S. (includes telephone (TDD) directories as well)
[COMPANIES] Mail order catalogues and companies that cater to Deaf/deaf/hoh communities, their family, friends, terps, and so forth
[DEAF-BLIND] About Deaf-Blind Issues and links to Deaf-Blind resources
[ACCESSIBLE HTML] Keeping WWW Pages Accessible -- a HTTP programmer's guide

Deaf related network resources

Quickie Index

National/State Organizations of the Deaf, for the Deaf

Deaf Culture / Cultural Deaf WWW Sites

Schools and Universities (U.S.)

Misc. U.S. Education Related Sites Schools offering Graduate Deaf Education Programs

I am much indebted to Monica Vance for sending this information -- Karen

Schools and Universities (Japan)

Schools and Universities (Other)


These are the only scholarships that I know of. (Please don't e-mail me asking if I know of any others because if I knew about them, I'd put them here). If you know of a scholarship that isn't listed, please e-mail and let me know.

Deaf/ASL Clubs and ASL Related

Organizations for the Deaf

Other World Wide Web resources

Linguistics / Sociolinguistics of Sign Languages

Please see my own pages on American Sign Language and Japanese Sign Language

ASL/Fingerspelling Guides

Note that most sign language teachers do not recommend learning fingerspelling by individual letters and also remember that fingerspelling is NOT the same as ASL

Resources for Deaf Kids (and their parents)

Resources for Deaf Gays, Lesbians, and Bisexuals

Churches/Ministries/Synagogues of the Deaf, for the Deaf

Interpreting / Relaying


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Technological Innovations

News Articles

Resources for the Hard-of-Hearing (HOH) & Late-Deafened

Cued Speech Info

Gopher pages and FTP sites

Mailing Lists, Newsgroups, and Online Magazines

Home pages of members of the Deaf community

Friends of the Deaf Community

Deaf-Owned Businesses

Bonus: Weird sites that have me crosslinked!

Boring Research Orientated Anthro URL's

The Deaf Resource Library is proud to be an AnthroTech Site of the Week. Here are some anthropology resources for all of you out there:

Little comments in italics are from the Peanut Gallery (me). The painting of two women is by Renoir. The Deaf Resource Library is a not-for-profit project that I've been running in my spare time since 1995 and I receive no outside funding for its maintenance.


[Web Access Symbol] This site deliberately Netscape/Explorer Unenhanced for maximum accessibility. To your right is the Web Access Symbol (for people with disabilities) since February 11, 2005.

This page last updated on Dec 21, 2014. Copyright (C) 1995-2014 by Karen Nakamura. All rights reserved.

Deaf Watch GOLD Award The Deaf Resource Library is a winner of the Deaf Watch Gold Award as well as AnthroTech Site of the Week and as a "Three Star Site" at the ABC's of Parenting.