Usher Syndrome

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • Hereditary Deafness-Retinitis Pigmentosa
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa and Congenital Deafness

Disorder Subdivisions

  • Usher Type I
  • Usher Type II
  • Usher Type III
  • Usher Type IV

General Discussion

Usher syndrome is a rare inherited disorder primarily characterized by deafness due to an impaired ability of the auditory nerves to transmit sensory input to the brain (sensorineual hearing loss) accompanied by retinitis pigmentosa, a disorder that causes progressive loss of vision. Researchers have identified three types of Usher syndrome and debated the existence of a fourth type. The age at which the disorder appears along with the severity of symptoms distinguishes the different types of Usher syndrome. Usher syndrome is inherited as an autosomal recessive genetic trait. The possible fourth type of Usher syndrome may be inherited as an X-linked genetic trait.

Resources

National Association for Visually Handicapped
22 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10010
USA
Tel: (212)889-3141
Fax: (212)727-2931
Email: staff@navh.org
Internet: http://www.navh.org

Foundation Fighting Blindness
11435 Cronhill Drive
Owings Mills, MD 21117-2220
Tel: (410)568-0150
Fax: (410)363-2393
Tel: (800)683-5555
TDD: (800)683-5551
Email: info@blindness.org
Internet: http://www.fightblindness.org

Deafness Research Foundation
641 Lexington Avenue, Fl 15
New York, NY 10022-4503
United States
Tel: (212)328-9480
Fax: (212)328-9484
Tel: (866)454-3924
TDD: (888)435-6104
Email: jpizarro@drf.org/
Internet: http://www.drf.org/

Retinitis Pigmentosa International
P.O. Box 900
Woodland Hills, CA 91365
Tel: (818)992-0500
Fax: (818)992-3265
Tel: (800)344-4877
Email: info@international.org
Internet: http://www.rpinternational.org

National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI)
P.O. Box 317
Watertown, MA 02472
Tel: (617)972-7441
Fax: (617)972-7444
Tel: (800)562-6265
Email: napvi@perkins.org
Internet: http://www.napvi.org

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
3417 Volta Place, NW
Washington, D.C. 20007-2778
United States
Tel: (202)337-5220
Fax: (202)337-8314
Tel: (866)337-5220
TDD: (202)337-5221
Email: info@agbell.org
Internet: http://www.agbell.org

National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street
at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230
USA
Tel: (410)659-9314
Fax: (410)685-5653
Email: nfb@nfb.org
Internet: http://www.nfb.org

American Council of the Blind, Inc.
2200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 650
Arlington, VA 22201
Tel: (202)467-5081
Fax: (202)467-5085
Tel: (800)424-8666
Internet: http://www.acb.org

American Society for Deaf Children
PO Box 3355
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Tel: (800)942-6084
Fax: (717)334-8808
Tel: (800)942-2732
TDD: (717)334-7922
Email: ASDC1@aol.com
Internet: http://www.deafchildren.org

American Foundation for the Blind
2 Penn Plaza, Suite 1102
New York, NY 10021
Tel: (212)502-7600
Fax: (212)502-7777
Tel: (800)232-5463
TDD: (212)502-7662
Email: afbinfo@afb.net
Internet: http://www.afb.org

Blind Children's Fund
311 W. Broadway
Suite 1
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Tel: (989)779-9966
Fax: (989)779-0015
Email: bcf@blindchildrensfund.org
Internet: http://www.blindchildrensfund.org

American Council of the Blind
2200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 650
Arlington, VA 22201
Tel: (202)467-5081
Fax: (202)465-5085
Tel: (800)424-8666
Email: mailman@acb.org
Internet: http://www.acb.org/

NIH/National Eye Institute
Building 31 Rm 6A32
31 Center Dr MSC 2510
Bethesda, MD 20892-2510
United States
Tel: (301)496-5248
Fax: (301)402-1065
Email: 2020@nei.nih.gov
Internet: http://www.nei.nih.gov/

NIH/National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (Balance)
National Temporal Bone, Hearing
and Balance Pathology Resource Registry
Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114-3096
Fax: (617)573-3838
Tel: (800)822-1327
TDD: (888)561-3277
Email: TBRegistry@meei.harvard.edu
Internet: http://www.tbregistry.org

Blind Children's Center
4120 Marathon Street
Los Angeles, CA 90029-3584
USA
Tel: (323)664-2153
Fax: (323)665-3828
Tel: (800)222-3566
Email: info@blindchildrenscenter.org
Internet: http://www.blindchildrenscenter.org

MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network
150 Custer Court
Green Bay, WI 54301-1243
USA
Tel: (920)336-5333
Fax: (920)339-0995
Tel: (877)336-5333
Email: mums@netnet.net
Internet: http://www.netnet.net/mums/

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Email: ordr@od.nih.gov
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/Default.aspx

Foundation Fighting Blindness (Canada)
890 Yonge Street, 12th Floor
Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3P4
Canada
Tel: 416-360-4200
Fax: 416-360-0060
Tel: 800-461-3331
Email: info@ffb.ca
Internet: http://www.ffb.ca

Madisons Foundation
PO Box 241956
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Tel: (310)264-0826
Fax: (310)264-4766
Email: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org
Internet: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org

Let Them Hear Foundation
1900 University Avenue, Suite 101
East Palo Alto, CA 94303
Tel: (650)462-3143
Fax: (650)462-3144
Tel: (877)735-2929
Email: info@letthemhear.org
Internet: http://www.letthemhear.org

American Academy of Audiology
11730 Plaza America Drive, Suite 300
Reston, VA 20190
Tel: (703)790-8466
Fax: (703)790-8631
Tel: (800)222-2336
Email: infoaud@audiology.org
Internet: http://www.audiology.org

Retina International
Ausstellungsstrasse 36
CH-8005
Zürich,
Switzerland
Tel: (0)44 444 10 77
Fax: (0)44 444 10 70
Email: c.fasser@e-link.ch
Internet: http://www.retina-international.org

Perkins School for the Blind
175 North Beacon St.
Watertown, MA 02472
Tel: (617)924-3434
Fax: (617)926-2027
Email: Info@Perkins.org
Internet: http://www.Perkins.org

National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)
The Teaching Research Institute
Western Oregon University
345 N. Monmouth Ave.
Monmouth, OR 97361
Tel: (800)438-9376
Fax: (503)838-8150
Tel: (800)438-9376
TDD: (800)854-7013
Email: info@nationaldb.org
Internet: http://www.nationaldb.org

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