Support comes in many forms, and families will have unique ways of addressing their support needs. You may find support just by sitting with a trusted friend who is a good listener…you might find support by hiring a babysitter so you can get a break. Most families tell us that contact with other families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing is among the BEST supports available.
An international nonprofit organization that families and professionals can join. The
A.G. Bell Association offers a support network and many states have active A.G. Bell chapters. National conferences are offered, with many parents in attendance.
This organization offers many resources focused on spoken language approaches and related issues. This organization publishes a journal called the
Volta Review, and a periodical called
This national organization of families and professionals provides a variety of supports, online articles, and resources. They are especially focused on giving children who are deaf and hard of hearing full communication access, particularly through the use of sign language.
American Society for Deaf Children hosts national conferences and publishes a periodical called the Endeavor.
This nonprofit group was developed through a grass-roots effort of parent leaders throughout the U.S. There are chapters in most states and in several locations worldwide.
Hands and Voices' mission is to support families with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing without a bias around communication modes or methodology. They provide families with resources, networks, and information to support the improved communication access and educational outcomes for their children.
GPOD is an international collaboration of parent groups serving families with a deaf or hard of hearing child throughout the world. They are dedicated to promoting improved systems and ensuring that families have access to
informed choice and opportunities for
empowerment of families.
My Deaf Child Program gives parents of deaf and hard-of-hearing babies (up to age 3) free access to an in-depth online American Sign Language course. Learn at your own pace from ASL experts.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC); Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Program (EHDI)
Center for Parent Information and Resources
National Center for Hearing Assessment & Management (NCHAM)