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.

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Together, We CAN! Join ASDC Today

Together, we can create a language-rich, diverse, inclusive, and empowered world. As a member of ASDC, you join a fantastic team of parents, families, and professionals dedicated to giving our Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing kids the support and resources they need to learn,...

New Fall Workshops and Webinars Added!

We've added more workshops and webinars to our Fall 2023 lineup! Each month, ASDC hosts Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing mentors, advocates, professionals, and educators who share their experiences and knowledge on various topics with our community. Our Fall Topics include:...

Join our Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the American Society for Deaf Children is excited to announce that we are seeking two new members for our Board. YOU are invited to apply! The deadline is September 1, 2023   What do Board Members Do? ASDC Board Members serve for two...

Register Today for the 5th Annual Scarlett’s Park Conference in the Silent Garden

Scarlett's Park in the Silent Garden is an annual conference focusing on Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults with special needs. Each year, distinguished lecturers from the United States are invited to share their knowledge and expertise with our community....