The Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, a nonprofit organization that serves both Vermont and some of New Hampshire, has launched what they're saying is the first program for people who are both deaf and autistic.
An interesting point in the article is that the organization is also now able to research ways to communicate with anyone, deaf or hearing, who communicates best using non-auditory language. In Temple Grandin's book, she writes about autistic children who find it very difficult to speak or listen to others speaking. I wondered at the time if sign language would help them. This organization is going to find out.
(via About.com Deafness)