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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.
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.
All Parents and Families Articles
The benefits of learning sign language clearly outweigh the risks. For parents and families who are willing and able, this approach seems clearly preferable to an approach that focuses solely on oral communication.
The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center has released five Classroom Interpreting Guides. A Guide has been written for Students, Parent, Teachers and Interpreters. The Guide for students offers several strategies that students can use to help them learn and...
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...
Pepnet 2 has released the new, online, interactive program Map It: What Comes Next. This program was designed to meet the needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing as they transition to work, college, or training programs. Map It is comprised of three...
The 2015 ASDC Information Booklet is now available
The Center for Accessible Technology in Sign is a joint project dedicated to providing accessibility to learning via sign language.
The American Academy of Pediatrics introduces it’s new Books Build Connections Toolkit for families and professionals.
See Rachel Coleman’s, Founder of Signing Time and ASDC Board Member, story here.
IDRT launches new program myASL Tech
ASDC welcomes our newest Organizational Member, the Institute for Disabilities Research and Training, Inc. (IDRT). IDRT is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities, their families, and service providers through research and development, training,...