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.
Use our new ASL Stories Directory to find a signed version of children’s books. Links to free videos of ASL retellings of stories for children of all ages.
Watch this video to get lots of useful tips about how to read and sign a story with deaf and hard of hearing children and boost their literacy skills!
Learn how to make a tactile experience book – a fun way to promote literacy for any child, but especially useful for deafblind children.
Updated 3/24/20 As our nation takes steps to slow the spread of the coronavirus, children may worry about how the situation will affect them - and you. Here are some resources from trusted sources, both in English and ASL, to help you get the information you need to...
Read our review of this powerful and beautifully illustrated book for children about the accomplishments of Deaf individuals from a variety of backgrounds.
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!