Skip to main content

Family Engagement for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Children who are deaf or hard of hearing can grow into happy, successful adults. They may have to do things differently—but different can still be effective. With the support of family, educators, and the community, children who are deaf or hard of hearing can learn the skills they need to live their best lives.

Early Intervention

Do you suspect that your child may have a hearing loss is not developing typically? If so, consider consulting your child’s pediatrician and making a referral to receive support from Ohio’s statewide Early Intervention Services. Would you like to learn more about making a referral, or about how early intervention can support your child’s physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development? For children who are deaf or hard of hearing, early intervention can connect families to the professionals needed for language acquisition and communication skills.

Learn More
Man Cradling Baby
A Family Walking Through the Woods

Recreation and Leisure

Often, families are looking for recreation and leisure opportunities for their children who are deaf/hard of hearing. Recreation and leisure activities may improve mental health and well being, support social skill development, and improve academic performance. Learn more about adaptive sports and events near you.

Learn More

MedEd Connections Resource Guide

The Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness at OCALI has developed a resource guide designed to connect medical and educational information for families. Explore this guide which addresses common questions designed to build families’ understanding of the resources, professionals, and agencies available so that they may make informed decisions for their children who are deaf/hard of hearing at any point in their life journey.

Learn More
Girl Looking in Doctor's Ear
A Mentor Talking with Parents

Parent Mentors

Parent Mentors are parents of children with disabilities who are specially trained to support families experiencing similar circumstances. Locate a Parent Mentor in your area if you would like support with special education and related services.

Learn More

Social-Emotional Health

Children and adults who are deaf/hard of hearing can improve their quality of life and capacity to learn socially and academically by developing and maintaining good social and emotional well-being. Locate counseling support for you or a family member in an area near you.

Learn More
Walking on the Beach
Library Shelves

Family Engagement Resources for Family, Schools, and Communities

Access tools and resources developed by The Ohio State University to support family engagement in schools and communities. These free resources may benefit both families and professionals. Topics include early literacy, parent-teacher partnership and team models, child behavior, positive behavior and intervention support, and statewide family engagement connections.

Learn More

Stay in the Loop