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The Deaf Mentor program connects a Deaf or Hard of Hearing adult to a family with a Deaf or Hard of Hearing Child.
What do the Deaf Mentor do?
- Meets with the family regularly in home or informal setting using the Ski-HI Deaf Mentor Curriculum as a guide to plan home visits.
- Teaches parents/family members American Sign Language (ASL).
- Shares life experiences as a deaf person.
- Introduces parents/families to the Deaf community.
- Acquaints family with Deaf community identity and its resources.
- Supports and enhances the child’s learning of ASL and English which promotes early language acquisition and learning.
- Focus on five areas in their home visits: Language/communication, Making the Child's home barrier-free, Deaf Culture, Literacy and Building better community.
What will Parents/Families get from a Deaf Mentor?
- Exposure to and learning to American Sign Language as well as learn about the development of communication skills (both auditory and visual).
- Learn how to connect ASL with their child’s language and literacy development.
- Access to a NATIVE American Sign Language user in order to learn how to communicate with their Deaf or Hard of Hearing child.
For more information about the Deaf Mentor program, call 317-493-0515 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.