Family Resources

American Society for Deaf Children
Resources to Support Families of Children who are Deaf of Hard of Hearing

Children of Deaf Adults
CODA "celebrates the unique heritage and multicultural identities of adult hearing individuals with deaf parent(s)."

Clerc Center Online Community
Based at Gallaudet University, the Clerc Center Online Community "is designed to serve multiple audiences including parents and families with deaf and hard of hearing children, early childhood interventionists and development specialists, educational professionals, and healthcare providers. Its goal is to serve as a supportive community and the leading centralized hub where families and deaf education professionals can network with one another and secure expert resources and informed choices for their ongoing work with deaf children." Registration with an email address is required to use the site. 

Deaf Kids
Ideas to consider as you gather information and make decisions for your child and family from The National Association of the Deaf

Deaf Off Drugs and Alcohol (DODA)
Find 12 step AA or NA meetings for ASL and other signers and contacts for Al-Anon or Nar-Anon meetings.

Deaf Websites
A comprehensive collection of online resources on deaf culture, hearing loss, sign language, education, children and families, and more.

LEAD-K is a national campaign to promote language acquisition and kindergarten-readiness for Deaf and hard of hearing toddlers and youth aged 0-5. The LEAD-K Virginia chapter focuses on the campaign in the Commonwealth.

Read with ASL
On Read with ASL YouTube videos, American Sign Language descriptions of real-life images give "brain-friendly" input to help learners easily pick up meaning. On-screen sentences are reading comprehension opportunities. Voice-overs are ASL translations. Read with ASL videos encourage American Sign Language fluency and English reading comprehension with evidence-based language acquisition facilitation design.

Reading Involves Shared Experiences (R.I.S.E.) promotes "language acquisition and early literacy skills for deaf children by providing ... tools such as ebooks and YouTube videos." Please note the ebooks are available only on Apple devices. 

Signs of Fun
Signs of Fun provides links to family resources in Virginia and around the US as well as hosting day camps in Virginia for deaf and hard of hearing children, and their siblings, ages 3 to 18 years old.

Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The VDDHH promotes accessible communication so that persons who are Deaf and hard of hearing may fully participate in programs, services, and opportunities throughout Virginia.

VDDHH Smart App Packet
The VDDHH Smart App Packet offers a list of apps available to individuals who have a hearing loss and/or speech difficulties. Some of the listed resources may be accessed free of charge, while others may require fees. VDDHH does not assume responsibility of any fees associated with the resources listed.