We now have ASL classes now in three locations: San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, and San Diego!!
Learn more from Committee Member and DEAF Project Parent Mentor, Cora Shahid!
Releases draft of Position Statement on Access to Language for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. (available here as a PDF)
Did you know?
California Education Code Section 56426.1 provides specific guidance related to EARLY START and the services young deaf/hard of hearing children and their families should be receiving.
(a) Home-based early education services funded pursuant to
Sections 56427, 56428, and 56432 shall include, but not be limited
to, all of the following:
(1) Observing the infant's behavior and development in his or her
(2) Presenting activities that are developmentally appropriate for
the infant and are specially designed, based on the infant's
exceptional needs, to enhance the infant's development. Those
activities shall be developed to conform with the infant's
individualized family service plan and to ensure that they do not
conflict with his or her medical needs.
(3) Modeling and demonstrating developmentally appropriate
activities for the infant to the parents, siblings, and other
caregivers, as designated by the parent.
(4) Interacting with the family members and other caregivers, as
designated by the parent, to enhance and reinforce their development
of skills necessary to promote the infant's development.
(5) Discussing parental concerns related to the infant and the
family, and supporting parents in coping with their infant's needs.
(6) Assisting parents to solve problems, to seek other services in
their community, and to coordinate the services provided by various
(b) The frequency of home-based services shall be once or twice a
week, depending on the needs of the infant and the family.
(c) This section shall become operative on July 1, 1998.