(V): 937-222-2434 (VP): 937-203-3853 (E): email@example.com
What is a Deaf Mentor?
A Deaf Mentor provides family-centered, home-based, and curriculum-led education to families with deaf children. It focuses on Visual Communication and American Sign Language. The deaf mentor provides support for families navigating the culture and experiences of deafness. It can also benefit the child in a mainstream setting learn about their own deafness in an all hearing environment. Topics such as self advocacy, self awareness, and identity.
When to start? In addition to Early Intervention Services (birth to age three)
As soon as a family learns of the child’s hearing loss and has questions that only a deaf person can answer
Whenever families/schools want more for their deaf/ hard of hearing/ deafblind child/student.
Every moment is a teachable moment!
Benefits of Deaf Mentors
Parents develop more optimism about their child’s future leading to more success for the child in education, youth employment, postsecondary choices, and independence.
Language skills improve when deaf mentors work with parents to create more accessible language at home.
Deaf youth develop more confidence, self worth, and identity.
Deaf youth build language skills from life long users of ASL, even if English is the chosen language.
Deaf role models can help build important connections to community resources.
For information about receiving Deaf Mentor Services email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 937-222-2434.