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NCHAM: National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management, Utah State University

Last Modified: 07/25/2018

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adult Involvement With Families of Deaf or Hard of Hearing Children

a mom and her son practicing signing with an early intervention specialist

Adults who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH) can provide families with valuable support from the perspective of lived experience. There are many different ways to involve adults who are D/HH in supporting families, but this kind of support usually involves one-to-one interaction. Depending on the activities and type of support offered, adults who are D/HH in these roles may be referred to by one or more of the following terms:

  • Mentors
  • Role Models
  • Guides
  • Partners

Additional information about involving adults who are D/HH in EHDI programs is available in the following areas:

  • Information about Programs and Resources. NCHAM maintains information about programs that offer opportunities for families to interact with adults who are D/HH as well as information about resources, tools and support for managing such programs. To locate a program near you or find information about an existing program in your state, visit our searchable database. Please contact us to let us know about additional programs that are not included in the current list.
  • Learning Community for Involving Adults who are D/HH in EHDI Programs. NCHAM facilitates a Learning Community to improve programs that aim to involve adults who are D/HH in EHDI programs. Learn more about the Learning Community here.

NCHAM also collaborates with the Family Leadership in Language and Literacy (FL3) Project which is working to enhance the involvement of adults who are D/HH in EHDI programs.