Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind Resources

  1. American Society for Deaf Children – Provides resources to empowering diverse families with Deaf/Hard of Hearing children and youth by embracing full access to language-rich environments through mentoring, advocacy, and collaborative networks.
  2. California Hands & Voices is a parent-driven organization for families with children who D/HH by providing resources, networks, and information to improve communication access and educational outcomes.
  3. Deaf Latinos y Families provides resources and ASL classes to Latino/a/x families and guides them through adapting the Deaf Culture and ASL into their lives.
  4. LEAD-K Family Services focuses on connecting families with their local school district, Early Start home visit teachers, parent mentors, Deaf coaches, and other supports as outlined in an Individualized Family Support Plan.
  5. Center on Early Intervention on Deafness maximizes communication potential through education, family support, and community audiology services for children and adults who are deaf and hard of hearing.

  1. California Department of Education: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Division, provides technical assistance to and monitoring of local educational agency (LEA) operated programs serving Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and Hard of Hearing students, including information on Senate Bill 210 and language milestones
  2. NorCal Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing: A non-profit organization that provides advocacy, employment services, and specialized services, including a day program for Alta Regional Center consumers who are deaf or hard of hearing based in Sacramento. Also provide support for survivors of sexual violence, independent living skills to community education, and interpreting services. Manages the statewide LEAD-K Family services in providing services to deaf and hard-of-hearing newborn babies.
  3. CSDF Outreach Resource Center: California School for the Deaf, Fremont provides outreach services and resources.
  4. Thrive! – CSD Riverside (ca.gov) California School for the Deaf, Riverside Outreach Resource Center
  5. Supporting Success for Children with hearing loss aims to make resources and practical information readily available to the public.
  6. John Tracy Center provides education programs for children (age birth to 5) residing in Southern California.
  7. Dayle McIntosh Center Independent Living Skills training available for deaf individuals.
  8. National Association of the Deaf is the nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by and for the deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States.
  9. Sign Language Use for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Hearing Babies: The Evidence Supports It – EnglishSpanish
  10. Sign Language Center provides virtual ASL classes and one-on-one tutoring sessions for all levels of learning.
  11. Deaf Access Service Program Providers:https://www.cdss.ca.gov/deaf-access/deaf-access-program-dap-service-providers

  1. California DeafBlind Services: https://cadeafblind.org/
    • Serves individuals from birth through age 21 who have combined hearing and vision problems, with or without additional disabilities.
  2. San Francisco State University & California Deaf Blind Services Intervener Training: https://cpage.sfsu.edu/intervener

Family Support Providers: https://cadeafblind.org/family-support-providers-fsps/

Family Support Groups:

There are many ways families can find helpful support in online spaces. Since October 2022 our Family Engagement Specialist, Myrna Medina, has led a monthly Support Group for Spanish speaking Families with children who are deafblind. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 PM PT and will continue through June 2023 and resume again in September 2023. If you’d like to join one of these meetings, please contact Myrna (myrnam@sfsu.edu) to register and receive the meeting room link. The Western Region CHARGE Syndrome Family Liaisons host a monthly online Support Group for parents and caregivers of children with CHARGE syndrome who live in Western US States and Alaska and Hawaii. These meetings are held the final Tuesday of the month from 7-8 PM PT. Register here to receive the meeting room link. Many Family Resource Centers (FRCs) around our state also facilitate successful, effective family-to-family support networks and we would be glad to assist you in finding a support network to fit your needs. Please contact Myrna Medina (myrnam@sfsu.edu) or Julie Maier, Program Coordinator, (jmaier@sfsu.edu) for assistance.

Pro-Tactile ASL:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zCzsmg7kdY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GrK3P15TYU

National Resources:

https://www.parentcenterhub.org/deafblindness/

https://www.perkins.org/nec/resource-directory/

https://nfb.org/resources/deafblind-resources

  1. DHHS – CA Department of Rehabilitation: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services offers support for people with disabilities, included Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind obtain jobs, develop or promote in their current jobs, live on their own, and enjoy a life equal to others.
  2. California Telephone Access Programoffers free, specialized phones and equipment for Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
  3. Hearing Aid and Cochlear Implant Assistance ProgramsA list of organizations that may offer financial assistance toward the purchase of hearing aids.
  4. Provider Director for Neurodivergent Deaf Individualsis a directory of providers in the United States.
  5. Ear Communityprovides a supportive community for individuals born with Microtia and Atresia, Treacher Collins Syndrome, and Goldenhar Syndrome.
  6. Helen Keller National Centerfor Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults.

Family Involvement in ASL Acquisition


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Last modified: January 19, 2024