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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 childrenAll 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 modelsSpending 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 ReadingIncreasing 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.
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Get ASL resources for celebrating MLK Day from the American Society for Deaf Children. See King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech in American Sign Language, ASL retellings of children’s stories about MLK, and more!
Deaf-blindness is one of the most complex disabilities encountered by families and educators. Fortunately, there are a number of government agencies and nonprofit organizations providing support and resources.
Join ASDC and Nadmi Casiano, America’s first Deaf Latina aerospace engineer, for a fun activity and inspiring presentation for kids 10 and up.
Join us to learn about the unique aspects of Deaf culture and gain a broader understanding of the diversity within the Deaf community.
Join us for our February ASL Story Time! Ursa Rewolinski will present our featured book, “I Am A Story” by Dan Yaccarino.
Join us for ASL Story Time! Host Richard Rose will be telling the story of Knuffle Bunny in American Sign Language. Plus get a fun Knuffle Bunny art activity that you and your child can create at home.
Get in the groove of learning ASL all year with our special offers for online class packages. Offers good through 12/31/20.
The National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) is sharing information about a free resource for families interested in using cued speech. Learn more about the Cued Family Program here.
A college student in Ohio is researching how Deaf identity is influenced by contact with culturally Deaf individuals. She has a short survey for young adults (18-25) who have at least one cochlear implant.
RIT/NTID’s American Sign Language and English Interpretation program has achieved national accreditation, making it one of only 16 accredited bachelor’s degree interpreting programs in the country.