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Resource Guide for Parents of Infants and Toddlers who are DHH

The Resource Guide for Parents is available through the California Department of Education.


The Story Behind the Resource Guide

In 2011 a group of 14 parents were invited by California Department of Education to develop a Parent Resource Guide for parents of deaf or hard of hearing infants and children. The guide includes information on a wide variety of topics and includes resources so that topics can be researched further. The committee members were selected from different organizations and agencies throughout California; 7 from Northern California and 7 from Southern California.

At the first meeting each member shared their own story, the group discussed the goal of the guide and through an in-depth process, came up with the topics that would be included as a resource for parents.  Sub-committees were created and responsible for researching and compiling a draft together for their portion. The Committee met face to face a total of 3 times over a year, and much of the work was accomplished between the meetings. At the face-to-face meetings the committee worked as a team to agree upon and mold the guide to a final draft which was then provided to CDE.

Below you will see a message from the California Parent Resource Guide Committee; we hope that this guide is a true resource to you and your family! If you would like to talk to another parent of a deaf or hard of hearing child, please do not hesitate to contact Parent Links, we would be happy to talk to you!



In 2011, a panel of parents convened at the California Department of Education (CDE) to create a document for parents of children who are Deaf or hard of hearing, that contains evidence-based and balanced information. It is our intent that this information will help you understand the services provided through an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) focusing on your child’s language development. Children who are Deaf or hard of hearing have a right to early language development programs, regardless of their hearing levels, with the ultimate goal of achieving skills needed to enter kindergarten ready to learn.

When you make informed decisions regarding your child’s education, it is important to know your rights as an IFSP team member within Early Start (ages birth-three), and later, as an Individualized Educational Program (IEP) team member (ages 3-22).
It is also important to consider all language opportunities and communication tools that are fully accessible and available to your child.

You are encouraged to see your baby as a whole child by seeing beyond his or her hearing level and to focus on kindergarten readiness. The Parent Resource Guide Committee has developed a resource guide that includes resources from national, state, and local organizations, camps, and Deaf agencies, which explain all of the opportunities available to your child. The CDE seeks to empower you to take steps in preparing for your child’s education by using this resource guide. Click this link to view the complete Parent Resource Guide.

The following parents of children who are Deaf or hard of hearing gave generously of their time, talents, and labor to make this Parent Resource Guide possible:

Diane Black, Bakersfield                                                Tony Ronco, San Diego
Michelle Bronson, Fresno                                                Terrylene Sacchetti, Santa Monica
Apryl Chauhan, Burbank                                                Darla Schwehr, Fresno
Angelica Gonzalez-Alvarez, Los Angeles            Cora Shahid, San Diego
Jessica Greenfield, Sacramento                                    Eileen Soriano, Los Angeles
Erin Lambert, Lake Tahoe                                                Jaclyn Vincent, Riverside
Kat Lowrance, Redding





For more details, contact Cora Shahid

updated: 1/26/16

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