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

Welcome! PS 347 The American Sign Language & English Lower School

Join us in giving  PS347 The American Sign Language and English Lower School a warm ASDC welcome as they join our family of Member Schools supporting D/HH students in language accessibility, learning, and inclusion. Located in New York NY, PS 347, or "47" as they like...

Mental Health in Schools: How Do We Encourage our Children & Each Other to Keep Going? Join the conversation on 11/3/22 at 8 pm (ET)

Join Signed By Stories and ASDC  for an important, live-streamed conversation on November 3rd at 8 pm (ET) as we discuss Mental Health in Schools: How Do We Encourage Our Children & Each Other to Keep Going? Tune in and learn how you can play a role in making...

Donor Acknowledgements – September 2022

Thank you to ASDC’s September 2022 Donors! Your support and contributions help us connect families through American Sign Language. Individual Donors Anonymous (4) Kristie Bell Julie Eveland Paula Hunt - James Danielle Johnson Andrea Kwan Edgar and Lynda Layland Nykee...