There are several great options to help you find a network of parent support in Texas. These programs were developed with a "by parents for parents" emphasis.
Statewide Parent Liaisons connect families to the resources, programs or people, who can best address your needs.
Free online American Sign Language (ASL) or Signing Exact English (SEE) classes for parents/guardians of deaf and hard of hearing students in Texas.
If you can't find the information or resources you are seeking on this website or if you just prefer to talk to someone, you can contact our statewide parent liaisons who will do their best to offer you a helping hand.
Texas has a variety of educational services and programs for deaf and hard of hearing children and their families.
Assessments & Evaluations for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students is a two part Parent Training Video Series, based on chapter 5 of the Hands & Voices Guidebook – Educational Advocacy for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
Having a young child who is deaf or hard of hearing can leave many parents feeling lost about where to turn next. This can be a very emotional time, and it can be challenging to find guidance and support.
El Centro de Recursos Educativos en Sordera cuenta con empleada como Enlace Estatal para Familias Hispanas en Texas quienes hablan español y que buscan recursos para sus niños sordos o Maria Munizhipoacústicos.
Come to Texas School for the Deaf for a Sign Language Boot Camp! Any skill level is accepted for parents so come as you are! In our ASL immersion experience, your signing is bound to improve. Morning, noon, and evening, you will be actively participating in workshops and fun activities all designed to up your skill as a sign communicator. Find out more about the session for Parents at the Communication Skills Workshop.
A special weekend hosted by the Educational Resource Center on Deafness at the Texas School for the Deaf in Austin. This annual program offers families from all over Texas a chance to meet other families with a deaf or hard of hearing child. Throughout the weekend parents and other adult family members attend educational workshops. Presenters include a variety of professionals as well as parents and deaf and hard of hearing adults. Child, youth, and teen care is offered in a "camp-like" atmosphere supervised by qualified staff. The program highlights the many opportunities for communication and education open to deaf and hard of hearing students.
The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing helps families, health care providers and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Through advocacy, education, research and financial aid, AG Bell helps to ensure that every child and adult with hearing loss has the opportunity to listen, talk and thrive in mainstream society. AG Bell is the premier nonprofit organization serving the oral deaf and hard of hearing community.
The American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC) is committed to empowering diverse families with deaf* children and youth by embracing full access to language-rich environments through mentoring, advocacy, resources, and collaborative networks. *ASDC uses the term “deaf” to be inclusive of various hearing levels, including those who are seen as, or identify as Deaf, deaf, or hard of hearing.