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.
A Guide for Interpreters Working with Students who use Cochlear Implants
Students with Cochlear Implants – Guidelines for Educational Program Planning
Texas parent, Jim Kennedy, recently published an article about Considerations for Educating Children with Special Needs.
New ASL Rhymes and Rhythms video
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.
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
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,...
The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc., (RID) Standard Practice Paper provides specific information about the practice setting and is intended to raise awareness, educate and encourage sound basic methods of professional practice.
Schools for the Deaf can provide language-rich, high- quality educational and leadership opportunities where deaf and hard of hearing students and their families receive the services and support they like their hearing peers – are entitled to and so clearly deserve.