Title: 'Enhancing Our Knowledge of the Deaf Mentor Program'
Track: 7 - Family Perspectives and Support
Keyword(s): Families, Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Infants, Professionals
Learning Objectives:
  1. Becoming aware of what Deaf Mentor Program is about and remove any assumptions.
  2. Understanding of how Deaf Mentor is critical to include as interdisciplinary team approach.
  3. Learn about researches and data which supports the Deaf Mentor Program.


Deaf Mentor Programs are available nationwide, however, they are still not very well known. There is a definite need to promote understanding of what a Deaf Mentor Program is and why it is very important for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and their families along with the medical professionals they work with – to have this in their lives. The research has shown the POSITIVE impact it has toward Deaf and Hard of Hearing children, and their families. Deaf Mentor Programs are attempting to develop an interdisciplinary approach, with medical professionals, to promote knowledge of Deaf culture and the importance of using American Sign Language. The concept of the Interdisciplinary approach encourages a positive view of the professionals who work with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. Also, it reduces the stress and the abundance of overwhelming information that the families may receive. During this presentation, there will be Deaf Mentor Programs that are already established will share information about implications of having a Deaf Mentor Program in place and how it impacts everyone involved from the deaf child to the family to the interdisciplinary team.
Presentation: 1155BethHamilton.pdf

Handouts: Handout is not Available
Beth Hamilton - Primary Presenter
Texas State University & Lamar University
     Credentials: M.Ed
      Doctoral candidate. M.A. in Legal Studies, and paralegal certificate. M.Ed., Teacher Leadership and ITF certificate. B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Art, Communication and Human Studies) and Conflict & Resolution Mediation.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.