Now What?

A guide for families with deaf children

Blonde boy signing with wide open mouth face expression holding a ball on a green field.

There is no one right way.

Every child and family is different. Values, experiences, opinions, and resources vary from family to family. What works in one situation may not work in another. There are a number of ways to be successful raising a deaf or hard of hearing child. No one plan or formula will work for everyone. You must do what you believe is right for your child and family.

Start Here!

ASDC is comprised of a board of parents of deaf children as well as deaf adults and we have compiled for you the ASDC Information book.  Our gift to you will provide you with our combined expertise in one place.


Get to know other parents of deaf and hard of hearing children

All parents want what is best for their child. Meeting other parents and learning about their experiences can help you find out about options, resources and can serve as a means of support.

Get to know deaf and hard of hearing role models

Spending time with deaf and hard of hearing role models can help you understand what it means to be deaf.

Your deaf or hard of hearing child can achieve the same academic, social, and personal fulfillment as hearing children.  Did you know that most deaf and hard of hearing adults grew up in a hearing family?  Their experience, information, and perspective can help you as you navigate your families journey.

Recommended Reading

Increasing Literacy Skills with Your Deaf Infant
It is never too early to communicate with your child, especially if they are deaf or hard of hearing.

The Infant and Toddler Program
If your infant or toddler has been identified with a hearing loss, they may be eligible for services under the Infant and Toddlers Program of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Picking Educational Programs
Often parents want to know what the best program is, or whether a particular program is better than another one.

Additional Resources

Nashville STARS – ASL Lessons

Nashville students have been busy making sign language teaching videos!   The students have made several videos to date. Please help spread the word, they are really adorable and the students are working hard on them.       Lesson 1: The...