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Hands & Voices has developed this dedicated page to support our Chapters and Programs, including our Family Leadership in Language and Learning Family-Based Organizations (FBO) and stakeholders, throughout this turbulent time of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic. We know this is impacting all of us at many levels in our daily lives. We are grateful for the immediate response of resources being developed from our partners in supporting families who have children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

If you have additional resources you would like to recommend be included on our page, please email those to parentadvocate@handsandvoices.org

Family Support for parents and caregivers:

Project Connect - pandemic helplineA free telehealth line available anytime for people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, and others who on their support team.

AAP - Caring for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs During the Pandemic

Emerging Solutions: How to Keep You, Your Baby, and Your Provider Safe During COVID-19


ECTA - Supporting Children and Families

ASHA Voices: It's a critical period...COVID-19 and Early Intervention

We Wear Masks - A simple story to support children in understanding why they see everyone wearing masks.

American Academy of Pediatrics - How to care for kids with special health needs during the outbreak - Lots of COVID-19 articles and information.

Resources about Teletherapy Hearing First  

Books for Children with Hearing Differences  - Be sure to click the Books for... tab at the bottom to see the actual list of books.

Understanding Teletherapy Through Parent Experience: Experience with Teletherapy from a Mom That Has Been
There and Done That.

Instagram #operationaslstorytime

NCHAM - Tele-Intervention 101: Families

Coronavirus in ASL by Kids!

Talking to Kids about Coronavirus: ASL & English Resources ASDC  

Talking to Children about COVID-19 A Parent Resource from NASP  


Language and Literacy Tip Sheets  These Tip Sheets provide suggestions for parents and caretakers, for fun, everyday activities to enhance their baby’s development

Comcast Announces Comprehensive COVID-19 Response to Help Keep Americans Connected to the Internet

DISH, COX, join comcast and others easing broadband for at-home workers  

Did You Know? - Video Series from Hearing First  

Read Together - Learn Together from Hearing First   

Coronavirus Information and Resources from Family Voices


Hands & Voices Engaging in Your Child’s Education at Home - Now more than ever, parents need practical tips for supporting their child’s learning at home

Described and Captioned Media Program  – COVID-19 related videos for children

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Won't you sing along with me?  - Grades PS-3 helps to address some of the challenges and changes preschoolers and their families have been facing

Amoeba Sisters – Grades 7-12 explores the basics of how antibiotics, antivirals, and vaccines work

It's Okay to Be Smart - Myths about wearing masks – Grades 10-12

It's Okay to Be Smart - How well masks work – Grades 10-12 

 It's Okay to Be Smart - Effectiveness of washing hands  - Grades 10-12

It's Okay to Be Smart - Evolution of the COVID-19 virus and why we'll beat it – Grades 10-12

-Deaf Success in Fall 2020: Guides for Colleges, High Schools, and Families - National Deaf Center (NDC)

Lessons Learned About E-Learning – Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss

Kentucky Hands & Voices COVID-19 Education and Learning COVID-19 Document  - Considerations for families about learning options, accessibility and accommodations, and advocacy.

CA H&V Rethinking Deaf & Hard of Hearing Accessibility - COVID-19 - PDF fact sheet

CO Hands & Voices Effective Communication with Face Masks and Shields

EdResearch For Recovery


Masks & Face Shields - General Considerations

US DOE Q&A IDEA Part B Dispute Resolution Procedures

US DOE Q&A IDEA Part C Dispute Resolution Procedures

Considerations of Face Shields as Return to School Option

NDC - Your Questions, Answered - Masks

Ecta page - state guidance and resources on remote service delivery and distance learning  

Michigan Hands & Voices Captions for Zoom to Support Kids who are DHH  

NAD - Advocacy paper for families seeking accessible preK-12 education

NAD-Position Statement  - Educating PreK-12 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students During the COVID-19 Outbreak

US DOE urging-states-continue-educating-students-disabilities-secretary-Devos
New Fact Sheet that Provides Additional Information on How Distance Learning Can be Used to Meet Students’ Needs During COVID-19 National Emergency


Secretary DeVos Releases New Resources for Educators, Local Leaders on K-12 Flexibilities, Student Privacy, and Educating Students with Disabilities During Coronavirus Outbreak

COPAA Statement on Student Rights Under IDEA During the COVID-19 Outbreak

COVID-19 Information page from NDC  

COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel

Fact Sheet: Impact of COVID-19 on Assessments and Accountability under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act  

Elearning and Accessibility:  

NDC-Tips for Teaching DHHstudents online

Hearing Loss Tips during COVID-19 by Dr. Laffan

Knowledge Base by McNally/Childress - Videoconferencing and accessibility

Using Automatic Speech Recognition Apps During Covid-19

Online Learning Delivery Tips for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closings

Accessibility Tips for a Better Zoom/Virtual Meeting Experience from DHH RERC  

Teaching Remotely to DHH Students CEC

#DeafEdTip: E-Learning Accessibility Indiana CDHHE  

Captioning options for Videoconferencing and Learning Management Systems - From Dr. Tina Childress  

Remember Accessibility in the Rush to Online Instruction: 10 Tips for Educators. National Deaf Center NDC

Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities  Mission: To research how online learning can be made more accessible, engaging, and effective for K-12 learners with disabilities by investigating approaches that address learner variability within the range of conditions under which online learning occurs.

E-Learning & Coronavirus (COVID-19). - The Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss website.

FOSTERING JOY – Inspiring stories from DHH Individuals and Parents:

Hidden Figures

Learning from Deaf/Hard of Hearing Adults - Videos and Stories  


Other H&V Headquarters Created Supports

A letter to the community from H&V HQ 

New HQ Guideline - Accessibility of Online/Phone Meetings 

Considerations for Families with DHH Children during COVID-19. Questions, answers and considerations for families with DHH Children during COVID-19


Children's Safety

American Academy of Pediatrics - Keeping Children Safe During COVID-19 Pandemic

O.U.R. Project Safety Tool Kit for Parents


Other Info

Joint Letter to Promote Family Strengthening and Virtual Primary Prevention During COVID-19 and Beyond

COVID-19 self-symptom checker in ASL

AAP Parenting Website - COVID19 Articles

Division for Early Childhood -Resources to Support EI/ECSE During COVID-19

Deaf/ASL Community and Hospital Access during Covid-19

Hearing Loss and Hospitalization during Covid-19  

COVID-19 MCHB Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 EHDI Resources NCHAM - Specifically for New Mexico, North Carolina and Utah. Other general information available as well.


United Way 211 free and confidential service that helps people across North America find the local resources

A. G. Bell COVID-19 Resources

Safe & Clear mask

Safe and Clear mask

AMPHL Safe 'N' Clear Mask  


CDC Coronavirus Info Page  

CDC Series of COVID-19 resources in American Sign Language (ASL)  

NAD Information for Healthcare Providers to Understand ADA Compliance with Patients who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing  

A Message from the NAD About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

DCMP can help ensure that educational videos are accessible for students learning at home

Resources in Spanish

Apoyo e Información para los Padres y Cuidadores de Familias con niños con Pérdida Auditiva

(English – Family Support for Parents and Caregivers)

Fostering Joy - Family Tip Sheet

Depensando Accesibilidad para Estudiantes Sordos e Hipoacúsico a salones después del COVID-19 (PDF)– CA H&V Rethinking Deaf & Hard of Hearing Accessibility – COVID-19

Experiencias de una Madre con la Tele-Terapia
English Title: Experience with Teletherapy from a mom that has been there and done that.

Nosotros usamos mascarillas - Una historia sencilla para ayudar a los niños a comprender por qué ven a todos con mascarillas
English Title: We Wear Masks

PBS -recursos-de-prek-12-para-cierres-de-emergencia - Recursos de PreK-12 para Cierres de Emergencia diseñados por el programa Educativo PBS.
English Title: Resources for Students PreK-12 during emergency closings due to COVID19 from PBS Learning Media

Oirpensarhablar - actividades-en-casa-para-ninos-con-perdida-auditiva - Actividades para hacer en casa para niños con pérdida auditiva del sitio de internet Oír, Pensar, Hablar.
English Title: Learning activities for DHH Children while being at home

Información sobre el Coronavirus (COVID19) de parte del Centro de Control de Enfermedades del Gobierno Americano
English Title: CDC link about COVID 19

Video en Español con subtítulos que explica el Coronavirus y como cuidarse
English Title: Video in Spanish with CC that talks about the COVID19 and how to stay safe

Historia corta ilustrada, escrita por autores Mexicanos y Colombianos que le explica a los más pequeños lo que es el Coronavirus y porque es importante quedarse en casa
English Title: Short story wrote by Mexican and Colombian authors to explain COVID19 to children

Apoyos visuales y dibujos que nos ayudan a explicarles a los niños la importancia del distanciamiento social
English Title: Visual supports in Spanish to explain social distancing to children

Consejos para reducir el riesgo de contagio del COVID19
English Title: COVID 19 – Tips to reduce the risk of spreading the virus

Información sobre la Educación Escolar:

(English – Education)

Gráfico para prepararse para su Conferencia de Caso con la Escuela de su hijo/a
English Title: Infographic for virtual Case Conference meetings

Gráfico que ofrece una Agenda de muestra para su Conferencia de Caso con la Escuela de su hijo/Av
English Title: Sample Agenda to follow for virtual Case Conference meetings

Vroom es un programa con herramientas y actividades gratuitas basadas en la ciencia que permiten que padres y cuidadores les brinden a los niños un buen comienzo en la vida y un futuro aún mejor. Para niños de 0 a 5 años.
English Title - Vroom is a global program for parents to have the potential to create a bright future for their children. Our free, science-based tips and tools help parents and caregivers give children a great start in life today—and an even better future. For Children 0 to 5 years of age.

Programa de videos con subtítulos y descripciones escritas que cuenta con cientos de videos educativos en español para mantener el hábito del aprendizaje en la casa
English Title: DCMP – Spanish videos

Recursos sobre la Pérdida de Oído y como ayudar a nuestros niños de parte de la Universidad Gallaudet y su Centro de Aprendizaje, Le Clerc Center
English Title: Resources for Families from Gallaudet/Clerc Center

Historias cortas leídas en español para fomentar el amor a la lectura en nuestros niños. Leídas a un ritmo pausado para que hasta los más pequeños y los que están aprendiendo Español las entiendan
English Title: Short stories read in Spanish

Actividades Educativas para hacer en casa para niños en la Primaria
English Title: Educational activities for children in Elementary school


Eight Reasons to Say Yes to Early Intervention:  Supporting Families During the Time of COVID-19

This H&V FL3  presentation describes a new resource that has been developed for families to show the positives of early intervention. The “8 Reasons” infographic can serve as an important tool, now more than ever in supporting families understanding the importance of Early Intervention. 


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