Every year in September, we celebrate Deaf Awareness Month by sharing perspectives of Deaf and hard of hearing people who represent the cultural and linguistic diversity within the Deaf community. These are important perspectives to share. This year, ASDC would like to widen the conversation to include the perspectives of parents of children who are deaf and hard of hearing. In the US, 85-90% of all deaf children are born to hearing parents. For many of those parents, their child is the first deaf person they’ve ever met.

We are excited to share these videos from parents who have stepped forward to give you insights into their experiences to help you understand the joys and challenges in raising a deaf child. We hope you are inspired by their stories and gain an appreciation for the way they have lovingly and wholeheartedly embraced their unexpected journeys in parenthood.

Perspective: Raising a deaf child

Perspective & Tips: Raising a deaf teen

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