Deaf Advocacy and ASL Resources

The Independent Living Center provides a variety of services for consumers who are deaf or hard of hearing.  

Examples of Services available

  • Assistive Technology--TAP Telephones, TAP Internet, safety alert devices, among other devices
  • Advocacy
  • Information and Referral
  • Sign Language Resources and Information
  • TILC is an administration site for Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing's sign language interpreter written exam.



Described and Captioned Media Program--For free described or captioned media video loans
The LEAD (Leadership through Education and Advocacy for the Deaf)--TheLEAD Institute provides free mental health services for deaf victims of crime and their families, a 24-hour crisis line services to deaf and hearing individuals, advocacy for deaf individuals, and summer camp for deaf teens to educate them about substance abuse prevention and leadership skills.  
Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing--Resources for Missourians who are deaf or hard of hearing as well as for sign language interpreters.'s hospital resource page--For information about hospital responsibilities to the deaf under the ADA.

For more information about deaf advocacy or services, email Joanne Carlson, Core Services Manager, at 


American Sign Language (ASL) Resources

American Sign Language Online Practice--This site has an interactive practice program for finger-spellling, an ASL dictionary, and ASL lesson plans. 

ASL University--ASL University is an online curriculum resource for American Sign Language students, instructors, interpreters, and parents of deaf children. 

ASL Pro--ASL Pro is a great resource for online ASL dictionary links (including ASL for babies and religious signs) and learning tools.