Title: 'How to Select a School/Program for your Deaf or Hard of Hearing Child'
Track: 10 - Policy, Advocacy and Legislative Issues
Keyword(s): school, parent guidance, transition, support
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify certain factors important in selecting a school or program for a deaf or hard of hearing child
  2. Prepare questions for school/program professionals in reviewing different school options
  3. Assess which school or program based on the provided criteria is the ideal placement for their child after evaluating all options.


When a child turns old enough to enter an preschool, parents of deaf and hard of hearing children often find themselves reviewing several programs or schools to determine the placement that they feel is best for their child. This presentation will share neutral and diverse factors and criteria in selecting a school/program based on research and long-term academic success. Parents will also be guided on how to ask questions and advocate for themselves in the school screening process. This presentation will assist parents in selecting a preschool program that is ideal for their deaf or hard of hearing child based on the factors and the school/program's characteristics. As a result, this will also help parents articulate their hopes and goals for their child's early education to early intervention professionals and school staff.
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Tawny Holmes - Primary Presenter,Author
National Association of the Deaf
     Credentials: M.A. in Family Centered Early Education, J.D. and Esq. J.D. Certification in Early Intervention Leadership
      Tawny Holmes is the Education Policy Counsel at the National Association of the Deaf. She graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law. In addition to her law degree, she has a Master of Arts in Family Centered Early Education. Ms. Holmes has worked three years teaching deaf and hard of hearing students. She is also a godmother of four deaf children.

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