Title: 'Issues Hearing Parents Face with Our Deaf/Hard of Hearing Child’s Education and Their Life'
Track: 7 - Family Perspectives and Support
Keyword(s): Communication, Education, Families
Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will be able to see similarities and differences in their own situations or those of their patients and understand the thought process we all go through searching for what we need for our Deaf/Hard of Hearing children.


A majority of children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing are born to hearing parents. No parent is immediately an expert on their newborn baby and there are periods of adjustment and learning for everyone, but adding the variables that come with a Deaf/Hard of Hearing child can be overwhelming and isolating. We are two of those parents. We were co-workers and close friends before we had our children. We both have late-diagnosed Deaf/Hard of Hearing children with different etiologies. We have each used different modes of communication to enable our children to learn and communicate. We have enrolled our children in a variety of school situations. We have moved school districts and have even moved across the country to find what we need for our children. We have lived through and talked through these decisions together and we know how important it is to acknowledge and discuss them. We will provide that forum for families by drawing on our own experiences and encouraging families to talk about theirs.
Presentation: 1290LisaWeiss.pdf

Handouts: Handout is not Available
Lisa Weiss - Primary Presenter
Colorado Hands and Voices
     Credentials: Parent
      Lisa lives in Denver, Colorado. One of Lisa's three sons is deaf as a result of auditory neuropathy. Despite hearing screening in the hospital shortly after his birth and consistent follow up with audiologists and speech therapists, Lisa's son was not identified with auditory neuropathy until he was almost three years old. Lisa has been using Cued Speech for ten years with her son who has bilateral cochlear implants, is learning to sign, and communicates using spoken language. Lisa currently serves as a board member of Colorado Hands and Voices, the Interpreter Advisory Board for the Colorado Department of Education, and as a Commissioner representing the parent community for the Colorado Commission of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Financial - Receives Salary for Employment from Colorado Department of Education.  

Nonfinancial - Has a Personal relationship for Board membership.   Has a Political (Commissioner) relationship for Other volunteer activities.   Has a Personal (Advisory Board Member) relationship for Board membership.  
Susan Fingerle - Co-Presenter
Hands and Voices
     Credentials: Parent
      Susan Fingerle has an 11 year old son who is Hard of Hearing.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - Has a Personal ( as a parent) relationship for Board membership.   Has a Personal (as a parent) relationship for Board membership.   Has a Personal (as a parent) relationship for Board membership.