Family Resources

Are you a parent, grandparent, a family member, or a caregiver of a Deaf child? You’re in the right place. On this page, you will find articles and resources on communicating with and raising a Deaf or hard of hearing child, a list of in person ASL classes, language and literacy resources, classic children’s stories in ASL, list of summer camps, and organizations which provide information resources for parents and caregivers.

For a list of ASL classes, click here.

ASL Stories Collection

Savannah is a nine year old Deaf performance artist. View a video sample here and watch more on Youtube or Facebook Video.
Topic: Education
Source: Video
ASL Storytime Videos (RSD)
The ECC at Rochester School for the Deaf make available ASL Storytime videos in ASL. They do not contain English subtitles.
Source: Video
RMDS ASL Storytelling Videos
View ASL Stories, produced by Rocky Mountain Deaf School, that include math themes.
Source: Video, Website

For Parents

The Maryland Hearing Aid and Language and Communication Loan Bank
The Maryland Hearing Aid and Language & Communication Video Loan Bank is a Statewide resource for families of children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing
Topic: Advocacy
Source: Website
ASDC Snapshots: I Just Found Out My Child is Deaf
FAQs for "I Just Found Out My Child is Deaf"

The information on this web page come to our site courtesy of the American Society for Deaf Children
Topic: Advocacy
Source: Website
Parents and Families
ASDC is comprised of a board of parents of deaf children as well as deaf adults and we have compiled for you the ASDC Information book.
Topic: Advocacy
Source: Website

Early Intervention

EHDI Annual Meeting
The EHDI Annual Meeting is for professionals in state EHDI programs, parents of children with hearing loss and deaf and hard of hearing adults.
A Family Guide to Early Intervention Services in Maryland
Learn about laws related to early intervention, the three early childhood outcomes for school readiness, and how the early intervention system works.
Early Intervention Services for Children Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing: a Technical Bulletin
The MITP provides a statewide, community based interagency system of comprehensive early intervention services to infants and toddlers.

Literacy

Tell Me About Your Day: Sharing Stories in ASL at Home
ASDC shares tips for introducing ASL Stories with children at home.
Source: Website
DCMP: Sign Language Storytelling Videos
This series helps all children appreciate the richness of visual language and teaches hearing and deaf children basic ASL vocabulary.
Center on Literacy and Deafness (CLAD)
National Research and Development Center on Literacy and Deafness (CLAD) aims to identify child and instructional factors that affect reading growth
Source: Website

Schools

Maryland State Department of Education School Systems Links
Are you looking for services for your Deaf or Hard of Hearing child in a public school system? Do a search through your school system's website.
Topic: Education
Source: Website
Maryland School for the Deaf
The MSD website features information on family education & early childhood, academic, student affairs, athletics, and support service programs.
Topic: Education
Source: Website

Summer Camps

Info to Go: Summer Camp List
Planning to enroll your child into summer camp? View list here.
Topic: Services
Source: Website
ASDC: 2020 Summer Camp List
Planning to enroll your child into summer camp? View list here.
Topic: Services
Source: Website

Organizations

American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC)
The American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC) provides mentoring, advocacy, resources, and collaborative networks to families with Deaf children.
Connections Beyond Sight and Sound
Connections Beyond Sight and Sound supports children and young adults with deafblindness in their homes, schools, and communities through services.
Hands & Voices
Hands & Voices is a non-profit, parent-driven organization dedicated to supporting families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Additional Resources

Autism Services at MSD
Maryland School for the Deaf, with support from MSDE, offers services to deaf and hard of hearing students who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Source: Website
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University
Provides information, training, and technical assistance for parents and professionals to meet the needs of children who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
Source: Website
Family Resource Support Center at Maryland School for the Deaf
The goal of the program is to provide any Maryland family, professional, or service agency, support with raising a deaf or hard of hearing child.
Source: Website