Parents and Families

Visit this area often to see information for parents and families

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.

Recommended Reading

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

ASL Video of the Week 11/23/22: Bear Says Thank You

When Little Bear has a BIG project, he needs lots of help from Mama Bear. He remembers to thank her all along the way, right up to a sweet surprise. Thank you for using your manners, Little Bear! Written by Michael Dahl.Illustrated by Oriol Vidal.Interpreted and...

HOLIDAY CARD ART – ANNOUNCING OUR WINNERS!

The results of our Holiday Card Art Contest are IN!  A huge SHOUT-OUT of THANKS to all who submitted artwork.  It was a tough decision - and wow - do we have some extremely talented young people in our world!   Congratulations to our winners: Anthony - Age 3...

HOLIDAY CARD ART WINNERS – TBA 11/15/22

Tune in on Tuesday, November 15 @ 11 am EST!   We're so excited to be announcing our 2022 Holiday Card Art Contest Winners! Join us on November 15 via our FB channel! Cards will be available for purchase beginning November 18th!

ASDC Spirit Shirts Are Here!

ASDC Spirit Shirts Are Here!

They are here!! ASDC Spirit Shirts! The American Society for Deaf Children Spirit shirt promotes ASL pride in our ASDC community, parents, teachers, and deaf and hard-of-hearing children. Join us in creating awareness about the importance of ASL! About the online...