ASDC is committed to empowering diverse families with Deaf* children and youth by embracing full access to language-rich environments through mentoring, advocacy, resources, and collaborative networks.
All deaf children and youth shall have the opportunity to thrive in every aspect of their lives through the empowerment of their families.
ASDC Core Values
We believe deaf children are entitled to full communication access in their home, school, and community. We also believe that language development, respect for the deaf, and access to deaf role models are important to assure optimal intellectual, social, and emotional development.
We believe that consideration of communication opportunities for deaf children should be based on facts. Research consistently demonstrates that fluency in sign language and English offers deaf children (including those with cochlear implants) optimal opportunities for social and academic success, and thus both should be part of their language-rich environment.
We believe there should be access to identification and intervention by qualified providers, family involvement, and educational opportunities equal to those provided for hearing children. The goal should be to provide children what they need in order to become self-supporting and fulfilled adults.
We affirm that parents have the right and responsibility to be primary decision-makers and advocates. For this role, parents need education, access to information, and support.
* = inclusive of all children that are deaf or hard of hearing (please refer to Deaf in Our Eyes: ASDC’s Usage of the Word Deaf [PDF])