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Sensory and Communication Disorders

Organizations

American Foundation for the Blind. This national nonprofit organization advocates for people with low vision, providing support to families and educational programs for professionals and the public.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). ASHA is a professional, scientific, and credentialing association for audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists.

National Eye Institute (NEI). This institute of the NIH conducts research and develops public and professional education programs that help prevent blindness, reduce visual impairment, and increase awareness of services and devices that are available for people with low vision.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). This NIH institute conducts and supports biomedical and behavioral research and research training in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language.

Prevent Blindness America. This national charitable organization provides programs and services promoting eye health and safety.

Selected Resources

Statistical Snapshots from the American Foundation for the Blind. Several categories of statistical facts, figures, and resources about Americans with vision loss. Includes State-Specific Statistical Information.

The Prevalence and Incidence of Hearing Loss in Adults (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association).

The Prevalence and Incidence of Hearing Loss in Children (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association).

Statistics about Hearing, Balance, Ear Infections, and Deafness (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders). Compiled by the NIDCD.

Statistics About the Chemical Senses (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders). Statistics on disorders of taste and smell compiled by NIDCD.

Statistics about Voice, Speech, and Language (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders). Compiled by the NIDCD.

Statistics on Vision Loss and the Military and Policy Implications (American Foundation for the Blind).

Vision Problems in the U.S. [Internet]. Chicago: Prevent Blindness America; c2012. Searchable database of the prevalence of adult vision problems in the U.S and in each state. Interactive map of state summaries available.

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