“Having a child who is deaf or hard of hearing will take more on your part as a parent. More time, more patience, and more work. It will be different from a hearing child. Different isn't bad, it's just different! Each child is unique and has a variety of needs. The demands of extra time could just as easily come from a child with a learning disability, or an extremely bright child. It doesn't in any way change or diminish all of the wonderful experiences of being a parent. Some of them might be different, but different is a good thing!"
For more testimonies like this, visit Boystown National Research Hospital’s Parent to Parent section: http://www.babyhearing.org/Parent2Parent/parenttalk/raisechild.asp
Locate a parent mentor in your area who can provide support to the parents new to special educations or those wanting additional support navigating all the procedures.
Understanding the Deaf Culture and the Deaf World
Explore some common life experiences that are shared by the Deaf community.