Building a Network for Families with Hearing Loss and Deafness
HealthyHearing.com is thankful for the holiday season. Because the holiday season is the time of year to give thanks and remember those in need, every Thursday for the next two months we will dedicate an article to feature different charities which provide assistance for those suffering from hearing loss or deafness.
In our last article we highlighted the work being done by Alison’s Hope for Hearing, which seeks to provide affordable options and financial assistance to individuals in need of hearing healthcare and technology.
American Society for Deaf Children
Founded back in 1967, American Society for Deaf Children started as a parent-helping-parent network. With the support of individuals and families all over the world, ASDC has branched into one of the go-to non-profits regarding information and support for families of deaf children.
ASDC operates on the principle that all children, either deaf or hard-of-hearing, are entitled to full communication access in their home, school and community. The organization also supports language development, respect for the deaf and access to deaf and hard-of-hearing role models. Ultimately, ASDC seeks to ensure that families with hard-of-hearing or deaf children are informed and able to provide their children with the tools they need to flourish in today’s society.
In addition to helping provide information to allow equal opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing children as the hearing world, ASDC serves as a support network for families and parents. From articles, testimonials and the latest research to proven communication methods beneficial to families, ASDC strives to make life easier for families coping with profound hearing loss or deafness.
ASDC also serves as a source of information regarding nationwide and community events designed for families with hearing loss or deafness. From camps to leadership seminars, ASDC provides families with one-stop access to a wealth of information.
Convinced you’d like to help families with hearing loss or deafness this holiday season? There are plenty of ways you can contribute! You can easily provide a monetary holiday donation through the website, or sign-up to become a member (whether on an individual, family or business basis) and receive additional yearly benefits, including a yearly subscription to an ASDC publication providing real-life stories, committee reports, studies and fun activities for children with hearing loss or deafness.
It is estimated that nearly 12% of youth, ages six through 19 are dealing with mild to severe hearing loss and deafness. Take a moment this holiday season to help a family ensure their children will have the same opportunities as everyone else.