The CHS Youth & Family Connections statewide program provides children who are Deaf, DeafBlind, or Hard of Hearing, and their families: mentors, support services, advocacy, information and referral, early literacy support, and educational opportunities.

April Virtual Meet-Up:

Supporting DeafDisabled Youth

The number of students who are Deaf with other disabilities continues to increase in classrooms around the country. These students demonstrate many different skills and abilities. This presentation will discuss strategies that can be used at home and in the classroom to support these students with hearing and students with hearing loss with disabilities presented by Dr. Anna Tess.

April 23rd, 5:00-6:00pm CST.

Dr. Anna Tess is the Education Coordinator at the Foundation for Hearing and Speech Resources (FHSR). Before that, she was a school principal and teacher of the Deaf for 8 years. Anna has her doctorate in special education and two masters degrees in Deaf education and educational leadership. Being deaf herself, Anna is passionate about ensuring success for all children with hearing loss and their families.

Registration is free but required. Families and professionals welcome!

Register Here!

May Virtual Meet-Up:

Interactive Storytelling

Join author Kelly Brakenhoff and ASL performer Liz Tannebaum for an entertaining hour of storytelling, learning, and fun! Dive into the world of Duke the Deaf Dog through stories that bring the everyday experiences of the Deaf community to life.

What’s Happening?

• Engaging Readings: Immerse yourself in two delightful Duke the Deaf Dog tales, presented in both ASL and spoken English/Spanish.

• Meet the Stars: Get to know the author and ASL storyteller Liz as theygo behind the scenes into the creative process.

• Interactive Fun: Join in with simple ASL lessons tied to the tales and storytelling tips for parents!

• Q&A Session.

May 7th, 5:00-6:00pm CST.

This story hour is perfect for parents, educators, and Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing children looking to explore the connections between Deaf culture and the universal joy of storytelling.

Registration is free but required. Register early and receive special Duke the Deaf Dog digital downloads to start your adventure before the event!

Register Here!
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Imagine not knowing how to communicate with your child: not knowing what they want or need, not being able to reassure them with language. Research shows a child’s natural ability to develop language is strongest during the first years of life and families are their primary source of language. Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing children face immediate, significant barriers to communication in their daily interactions with family members, friends, and others.

Deaf Mentors provide families with natural language exposure and mentorship.

Help us pair Deaf Mentors with eligible families, donate today!

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