ERIC Number: ED407804
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-28
Communicating across Cultures: The Deaf Parent to Hearing Parent Project.
Myers, Lynda Rae; Hulsebosch, Pat
The Deaf Parent to Hearing Parent project was developed to utilize the resources of the Deaf community to support the knowledge, skills, and networks of hearing parents raising deaf children. First, six deaf parents of deaf children met for focus group sessions to brainstorm the knowledge, strategies, and skills they had gained from personal parenting experience. Following this a group of deaf parents received volunteer training which focused on: research on deafness, communication methods, theories on teaching reading, and facilitation skills. The training meetings also looked at the perspectives of hearing parents who find out they have a deaf child and the process of mourning that such parents experience. The deaf parents then developed four family-focused workshops for hearing parents. This program uses local community sites and the resources of the Deaf community. Initial evaluation suggests a positive response by hearing parents. Pairing of a hearing parent with a deaf parent mentor is also planned. Contains 19 references. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).