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A site for parents of hard of hearing & deaf children.
In the News - News articles about hearing impairment, new technologies, and other related materials.
Articles & Commentary - Our editorial section. Articles written by us and by professionals in the field.
Resources & Information - Our largest section. Dedicated to helping you find the information you need. Everything from educational information, sources financial support, mental health support and more!
Facts & Figures - A brief "stat sheet" with information about just how common hearing impairment is, particularly in children.
Discussion Forum - What we hope will be hallmark of our site. An open forum where you can read and post questions about hearing impairment across a wide variety of categories.
For the Kids - Links to and information just for the kids themselves.

Advocacy for Your Deaf & Hard of Hearing Child

What are we missing?

Is there some current piece of legislation that affects the deaf / hard of hearing that we don't have here?

Please let us know so we can add it to share with others!

Don't miss the Help Kids Hear Discussion Forum! A great place for information, ideas and support!

Only one person is truly an advocate for your child and their needs - YOU!

We believe this is highly important - no one will stand up for your child and their needs other than you. In many situations, this isn't hard to do. But, unfortunately, there are times when it can be a battle.

This section is here to help you be an advocate for your deaf & hard of hearing child. From the mundane to the battles, we hope you will find something of use here.

 


Advocacy - General

Accessing Programs for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers with Disabilities

Advocacy Tips for Parents - A great document from Listen Up

The Council of Parent Attorneys & Advocates

Obtaining Assistive Technology from the Schools

Wrightslaw Game Plan for New Parents

 

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Individualized Education Programs (IEP)

Assistive Technology & the IEP

IEP Checklist - From Listen Up

IEP Checklist - From Hands & Voices

IEP Guide for Parents

IEP4U - Thousands of IEP goals you can use

The Pop-Up IEP - Good answers for statements you may hear from educators.

A Question of Automatic Eligibility: Does My Deaf/HH Child Need an IEP?

Sample IEPs - From Awesome Library

Sample IEPs - More

Transition Checklist - From Listen Up

U.S. Department of Education - A Guide to the Individualized Education Program

What Happens to a Child's Special Education Program When the Family Moves

Why & How to Tape Record an IEP Meeting

Writing Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) For Success

Your Child's IEP: Practical and Legal Guidance for Parents - A great article from Wrights Law

 

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Sample Letters & Documents

A Parent's Guide to Special Education and Related Services: Communicating Through Letter Writing

Student Advocacy Center of Michigan - Complaint to school district

Sample Complaint Letter - IEP Violation

Notice of Disagreement with IEP

Request to Examine Records

Request for Independent Educational Evaluation

Complaint to School District

Requesting a Change/Removal/Addition in Records

From Coping.org: Sample letters for parents:

  • General Guidelines for Letters
  • Asking For An Evaluation
  • Asking For An IEP Review
  • Asking the School to Change a Decision
  • Asking For An Independent Evaluation
  • Revoking Consent
  • Asking School To Change or Destroy Records
  • Asking For A Due Process Hearing
  • Asking for a Copy of Your Child's School Records

Wrightslaw: The Art of Writing Letters

 

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Help Kids Hear is a site dedicated to helping parents of deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) children. We are parents of hard of hearing kids and simply want to "give back" to the community. We welcome your comments, questions & suggestions. Please drop us a note at info@helpkidshear.org.