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Deaf Support Group for Parents, Educators and Caregivers
Most parents/caregivers of deaf and hardof-hearing children are themselves hearing and, in the majority of cases, are unfamiliar with the lives of deaf and hard-of-hearing children or adults. Parents/caregivers want to support their child as well as they can. Because they have so little prior knowledge about deaf and hard-of-hearing children, they depend heavily on the professionals to give them the information, support, and services they need.
Deaf professionals and Deaf community organizations should be integral parts of Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) systems.
Many local and state associations of the Deaf hold gatherings at which families are welcome, such as showings of Deaf-produced movies that star Deaf actors, ASL dinners, comedy/variety shows, Deaf festivals, and sporting events.
contact with the Deaf community helps families transition to acceptance of their child as a Deaf person Contact with the Deaf community expands the family’s pool of support. Interaction with the Deaf community paves the way for a whole new world of information and experiences that would not otherwise be available to the family.
Involvement in the Deaf community varies from person to person according to each individual’s needs and interests. People connect in a range of ways, including through social gatherings, sporting events, cultural arts, religious expression, organizational membership, and political action
National / Global Communities for Deaf APIs
Deaf Enabled Foundation
The National Deaf Children’s Society -, the leading charity for deaf children. We’re here for every deaf child who needs us – no matter what their level or type of deafness or how they communicate.
Sense International India
Under the leadership of the National Association of the Deaf, state associations of the Deaf have started to add an education advocate to their boards who is responsible for working with families of deaf or hard of hearing children, schools, and the legislature related to education issues or advocacy. More information on the NAD Education Advocate program can be found at