Emergency Resources Now Accessible

  • "9-1-1 Call If you Can.  Text If You Can't"
  • Call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline ANYTIME 24/7/365 to speak to a trained counselor at:
    • 1-800-273-8255 (Voice)
    • 1-800-799-4889 (TTY)  or  741741 (text)
    • If you are a Veteran, call 1-800-799-4889 (Voice), or text to 838255 to speak to a counselor.
  • Alcohol Anonymous (AA) (Online Intergroup)

Emergency Preparedness

About Relay North Dakota

  • TTY users call 1-800-366-6888
  • Voice users call toll free 1-800-366-6889    Check out this web site which covers all the modern and convenient features offered by Relay North Dakota, including several new and exciting services. Amongst these are Voice Carryover brought to you by VCO Direct, and Internet Relay Service brought to you by North Dakota TRS eliminates barriers and opens the lines of communication to all North Dakota residents.

State Agencies

City of Devils Lake and Area

Educational Agencies/Schools

American Sign Language (ASL)

  •  Live ASL dictionary shows a variety of ways to sign a word depending upon its context or meaning.
  •  Shows how a word is signed in various countries of the world. Also shows the manual alphabets from different countries as well as the signs for each country.
  •  Deaf Performing Arts Network
  •  American Sign Language and Beyond
  • ASL & Foreign Country Signs  This website serves as a resource for those seeking to learn the signs for various countries around the world.
  •   Online ASL Sign Dictionary (a person actually demonstrates how to produce the sign you want. Includes demonstrations of commonly used phrases and idioms as well as baby and religious signs)
  •  Practice ASL Online {to fully use this site you may have pay a small membership fee}
  •  Signing Savvy (Your Sign Language Resource)
  • Sign With Me    Baby or infant sign language is the use of Sign Language to communicate with infants and toddlers. Sign language is a perfect transition to verbal speak because hand-eye coordination develops earlier than verbal abilities.
  •   What's the SIGN for?  Sign for a word will be demonstrated from various locations in the US and Canada.
  •  "Hands and Wrists:  Learning American Sign Language"  This website is filled with links to additional resources about ASL divided into the following areas:  (1) What is American Sign Language; (2) Communication Needs for the Deaf; (3) Sign Language Practice Websites; (4) Additional ASL Resources

Deaf Culture

"One possible definition of U.S. Deaf culture (and there must be many!) is a social, communal, and creative force of, by, and for Deaf people based on American Sign Language (ASL). It encompasses communication, social protocol, art, entertainment, recreation (e.g., sports, travel, and Deaf clubs), and worship." (Source:

Local/National Associations of the Deaf

  • The North Dakota Association of the Deaf, Inc. (NDAD), a statewide political advocacy organization serving the deaf and hard of hearing citizens in the state of North Dakota (
  • CSD (also known as Communication Service for the Deaf, Inc.) is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing broad-based services, ensuring public accessibility and increasing public awareness of issues affecting deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Through global leadership and a continuum of quality communication services and human service programs, CSD provides the tools conducive to a positive and fully integrated life (
  • Your gateway to the deaf community (
  • The Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans (MCDHH) is a Governor appointed Commission that advocates for equal opportunity for Minnesotans who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing.

Helpful Sites

Legislation and Regulations

Special Education State Guidelines

No Child Left Behind

Informational Links

Telephone Equipment Distribution (TEDs) Program

  • INFORMATION on obtaining specialized telephones and equipment

Additional HELPFUL Links:

  • ClearCaptions:  Telephones "Get the whole conversation"
  • C-Print (RIT/NTID):  Using speech-to-text as a communication access and support service option.
  • IPAT - North Dakota Interagency Program for Assistive Technology:   Brings assistive technology into the lives of all North Dakotan's that need it, no matter age, needs, or disability.
  • Typewell: Using advanced abbreviation software a trained Typewell transcriber captures spoken content and generates an immediate meaning-for-meaning transcript in clear English text. Commonly used by individuals with hearing loss or who need additional support.

Video Relay Services Providers (VRS)vrs

  • Sorenson is a free, 24-hour service that enables users to place and receive calls through a professional American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter via a videophone and a high-speed internet connection.
  • Plus Sorenson nTouch Videophone's new features
  • Purple Communications provides Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals and business owners a means to communicate over video desktop and mobile devices with hearing individuals in real time using American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters. This service is free to our Deaf and hard-of-hearing customers.
  • The Z (ZVRS) allows deaf and hard of hearing individuals to have telephone conversations with hearing people. Using a videophone with real-time video connection, an interpreter relays the conversation between the two parties available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Find a complete list of VRS providers on the FCC website
  • Virtual VRI:

Post-Secondary Resource/Support Guides

  • College Guide for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students:  Great resource to prepare and assist deaf and hard of hearing individuals planning to attend post-secondary educational institutions.
  • Resource Guide for College Students with Disabilities:   College is a great time with new experiences, new friends, and lifelong memories. It should be accessible to everyone, and students with disabilities should be able to enjoy an education with any assistance, accommodation, or access they may need. There are many legal rights students with disabilities have, so students who are going to college should prepare and investigate in advance in order to have the best experience.
  • Supporting Students with Hearing Impairments: Tools, Technology and Key Resources to Cultivate Academic Success:   Accredited Schools Online is a comprehensive accreditation resource that provide prospective students and families with the tools needed to make well-informed decisions about their education including Elementary, Middle Schools, High Schools, College, Graduate and Vocational Schools.
    • As you know, deaf or hard of hearing students face a host of unique challenges in the classroom and on campus. With this guide, we've attempted to highlight those struggles as well as provide helpful advice and showcase resources which may aid the student. Some key elements of the guide include:
      • Tech tools for students with hearing impairments
      • How schools create more audible environments
      • Scholarships for students with hearing impairments
  • Financial Resources and Discounts for Students With Disabilities
  • Social Work Education Guides - focus extensively on helping job seekers, professionals, and students understand the changing landscapes of these programs and their impact on careers and employment.