Resources to Support the Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) Population
Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH)
Children and youth who are Deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) make up a very diverse population, making it difficult to make general statements about them as a group. Some of this diversity is rooted in factors like cultural, linguistic, social, medical, and physical variables. Because the Deaf or hard of hearing population is so diverse, it is critical to address the individual’s unique set of strengths and needs when planning to support teaching, learning and development. It is important to assist children and youth to develop the ability to exercise self-advocacy and self-determination and develop ways to access communication. This may include visual and signed language such as American Sign Language (ASL), acoustic communication through audiological interventions, and technologies such as hearing aids, cochlear implants, and amplification systems. A strengths-based approach also considers the ways in which children and youth who are Deaf or hard of hearing may best be able to access, understand and use information. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles, combined with a responsive, whole-person approach, can support effective teaching, learning, and inclusion while addressing individual needs and preferences. ~Quick Guide Supporting Children & Youth From Low-Incidence Populations
These resources are intended to provide professional learning for professionals working with children and youth in the deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) population.
Current Technologies and Resources for Students Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Tina Childress)
Archived Webinar of Deaf and Hard of Hearing PLC with Tina Childress May 2018
Keeping up with technology can be a daunting task, especially because it is always evolving. For someone with hearing loss, there are many options when it comes to (hearing) assistive technology and leveraging apps in a variety of settings. Whether the individual uses their residual hearing or is completely a visual/manual communicator, there are endless possibilities to connect with the world around them. Come and learn about CURRENT technology and useful resources that you can share with your colleagues and patients!
Tina Childress, Au.D., CCC-A is an educational audiologist in the mainstream and residential school settings, technology and social media aficionado, late-deafened adult fluent in ASL and a bilateral cochlear implant recipient. With her unique perspective and passion for sharing information through social media, she is a sought out international presenter and adjunct lecturer to families, adults and professionals on a variety of topics but especially Hearing Assistive Technology, apps, cochlear implants, advocacy and effective strategies for coping with hearing loss. Dr. Childress is active on many local and national Boards and Committees where she is a strong advocate for accessibility and disseminating resources.