Learning from Deaf/Hard of Hearing Adults

Resources to inform the Parent Journey

What will my child’s future look like?
I’ve never met any adults who are deaf or hard of hearing. Where do I go?
Who will my child’s friends be?
How do I help my child feel strong and confident?
What is it like to grow up deaf or hard of hearing?

These are some of the questions we have encountered from parents of children who are deaf and hard of hearing children early in the journey. You likely have many more questions to ask.  Knowing the tremendous value in learning from adults who are deaf and hearing, families can explore these links with a wealth of diverse perspectives through stories, articles, websites and research on this page. 

Video Interviews

Luke Adams
Brian Evenstad
Christie Yoshinaga-Itano
Sara DesGeorges
Michael Casey
Stacy Abrams
Elle Mendiola
Melinda Stamp

Perspectives from Deaf/Hard of Hearing Adults:

Stories from D/HH Adults
Stories from D/HH Teens
Cochlear Implant Online-Speaking for Themselves
RIT-Stories from DHH Teens and Adults
Gallaudet-Stories from DHH Teens and Adults
North Virginia Cued Speech Association-Stories
AG Bell-Blogs from Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adults

Articles:

Empowering Deaf Adolescents
Social Emotional Development in Deaf Children

Research:

Research and Published Literature (NCHAM)
The Importance of Mentors and Role Models

Websites of Interest:

Books with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Characters
SKI-HI Deaf Mentor Curriculum

Other Resources

Tips for Meaningful Participation by Parents and Adults who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing Serving in Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Systems
Specifically, Advisory Committees and Learning Communities