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

Last Modified: 06/01/2015

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Adult Involvement Learning Community

Deaf/ Hard of Hearing Mentor Learning Community Members

NCHAM recognizes the value of connecting families and their deaf or hard of hearing child with deaf or hard of hearing individuals. Such individuals are typically adults who interact with the family and provide various types of assistance through one-on-one interaction. A variety of terms are used to describe such individuals:

  • "deaf mentors"
  • deaf "guides"
  • "role models" and
  • "partners"

What is D/HH Adult Involvement? NCHAM uses "D/HH Adult Involvement" because:

  1. It captures a broad range of service delivery models.
  2. It is inclusive of supports offered to children who are hard of hearing as well as deaf.
  3. Deaf/HH adult involvement can use a variety of communication modalities and a variety of assistive devices.