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Youth and Family Connections – Notebook

Connections: Resources and Information for Illinois Families with Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Children

This notebook compiles and condenses resources and information for families with children who have been identified as Deaf, DeafBlind, or Hard of Hearing. It covers a range of information to help families as they start their journey with deafness.

Created by Youth and Family Connections, the notebook is FREE for families and available in English (Spanish version coming soon). All sections are available online below with the full version available as well.

1. Introduction

  • First steps
  • Stories from parents
  • Anticipating questions

2. What Is Deafness?

  • How hearing works
  • Kinds and degrees of deafness
  • Audiologists and audiograms
  • Your team of healthcare providers

3. Communication and Culture

  • Critical language acquisition period
  • Communication modes and methods
  • Language building
  • Early literacy
  • Deaf culture and American Sign Language

4. Education

  • Early Intervention
  • Education options
  • IFSP and IEP Support
  • Education rights for DDBHH children
  • Advocating for your child

5. Hearing Technology

  • Hearing aids
  • Cochlear implants and bone-conductive systems
  • Environmental awareness
  • Hearing assistive technology

6. Resource List

  • State Resources
  • National Resources
  • Online Resources

If you would prefer a paper copy, request one here, and it will be mailed to you. This is FREE for families with Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing children. Professionals can request a copy for $20.

With questions or for more information, support, or referrals, contact Youth and Family Connections (in English or Spanish) at 773-248-9121 or email CHSYouth@anixter.org.

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