ProvidersInformation to help providers working with Deaf children
ASDC believes that medical, audiology, and educational professionals serving deaf children and their families have a responsibility to:
- Be informed about the successes of deaf persons from all walks of life, including those who use American Sign Language, as their primary language and those who do and do not use cochlear implants.
- Recognize the benefits of early language, including sign language, and work to ensure that deaf children’s language development, whether signed, spoken or both, progresses at a rate equivalent to that of their hearing peers.
- Refer parents to a wide range of information sources, including deaf individuals, families with deaf children, schools for the deaf and local, state and national parent and deaf adult organizations.
We need to erase:
- Misconceptions that sign language will harm a deaf child’s language development.
- Misconceptions that supporting visual language means excluding spoken language approaches.
Do you work in the field of Deaf education? Don’t miss the 2020 Education and Advocacy Summit at Gallaudet University.
Educators, take a deep dive into understanding the world of your deaf students whose parents are non-native English speakers living in rural communities in America. Learn how to best support these students within the context of their home, school, and community.
Do you work in the field of early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI)? Read this important update on best practices!
Gallaudet University has opened its enrollment for their 2020 Summer Youth Camps.
Did you know? There is a network of projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education that provide technical assistance to families and educators serving students who are deaf and blind. Learn more!
Get a free ASL numbers chart that show the hand shapes for numbers 0-20 in American Sign Language. Free from the American Society for Deaf Children. Please share!
Get a free ASL alphabet chart that show the hand shapes for letters A-Z in American Sign Language. Free from the American Society for Deaf Children. Please share!
The American Academy of Audiology is the world’s largest professional organization of, by, and for audiologists. Search their database of over 12,000 audiologists to find one near you. http://memberportal.audiology.org/Directories/Find-an-Audiologist?protected=false
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This webcast will give early interventionists a foundational knowledge to engage in dialogue with parents and professionals about the neurolinguistic benefits of early exposure to visual language for all babies.