Parents and FamiliesVisit 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 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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This week’s ASL video takes a deep dive into the word “able” and gives examples of its uses in English and ASL.
Come meet three Latino fathers who will share their story as parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Vengan a conocer 3 padres Latinos que compartirán su historia siendo padres de niños sordos o con pérdida auditiva.
Summer is the time to travel and explore new places! In this class we’ll help you brush up on your ASL signs for states, countries, vacation destinations, and more!
Join our beginning-level class on how to use classifiers to represent people, objects and spatial relationships in American Sign Language.
Únase al Grupo de Padres Latinos de ASDC. Join ASDC’s Latino Parents Group
Learn ASL! ASDC is offering affordable online ASL classes in July. Sign up today.
Learn how to tell fun and interesting stories in American Sign Language. Sign up for this four-session online class for the whole family!
Learn American Sign Language with ASDC! This week’s video features an ASL retelling of the book Counting Coconuts by Wendi J Silvano. Join a group of rainforest friends as they learn to count faster by counting in sets!
If your child is 10-15 years old and is new to American Sign Language, this class is for them!
Join us for ASL Story Time featuring the book “Boy” by Phil Cummings. The main character is deaf and uses his powers of observation to solve a conflict in his kingdom.