Parent & Family Programs

Spring 2021

For Parents, Families, and Caregivers of Children and Youth who are Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

Spanish translation available when requested 5 days before the event.

Contact Anne Darr,

Traducción al español disponible cuando se solicite 5 días antes del evento.

Contacto Anne Darr,

Sign language interpreters and real-time captioning provided.


Community Accommodations: To Request an Interpreter or Not?

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Presented by Lindsay Chandler, Lead Interpreter, Plano RDSPD

During this session, Lindsay Chandler will discuss the processes and struggles of requesting sign language interpreters for activities outside of a child's school day. It is ALWAYS a child's right to have access to communication. Topics of discussion include the following:

  • How to approach businesses about needing a sign language interpreter,
  • How to help the business throughout the process of requesting an interpreter, and
  • How to resource creatively when requesting a sign language interpreter.
Andrea Raye, owner of American Sign Language Interpreting Services in the DFW area, will add insight into this process as well. Parents and students will leave this session with a feeling of empowerment and a list of resources.
Communication Accommodation

Managing Childhood Hearing Loss: Audiological Needs of Children

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Presented by Morgan White, AuD., CCC-A

Account Manager, Children's Hospitals and Schools, Midwest Region


This presentation is designed to help parents understand the importance of consistent amplification use and to empower parents' confidence in manipulating the various technologies available to children with hearing differences. Dr. White will review the importance of wearing hearing aids/cochlear implants routinely for maximum speech and language development, and she will discuss strategies to improve retention and compliance. Participants will spend time reviewing basic hearing aid care and maintenance, manufacturer warranties, and simple troubleshooting steps to ensure proper functioning.

Managing Childhood Hearing Loss

Mental Health and Safety for DHH Children and Youth

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Presented by Laurie Vassalo and Jacob Thornton, Dallas RDSPD

"Alexa, can you please fast forward to 2022?" How many times, as parents or guardians, have you found yourself saying, "This isn’t the world I grew up in! I don’t recognize the world we live in today?” Most likely, we all have.

In this one-hour session, Mr. Thornton and Ms. Vassalo will facilitate a discussion on topics that school-aged, deaf/hard-of-hearing students are faced with every day including the following:

  • What does this world look like from the perspective of students who are deaf/hard-of-hearing?
  • How can we support students as they experience the stressors of a constantly changing world?

Mr. Jacob Thornton and Ms. Laurie Vassallo are Licensed Professional Counselors who provide mental health counseling services to deaf and hard of hearing students in the Dallas Regional Day School Program for the Deaf.

Participants must register in advance.

Registration Link

PRESENTATION VIDEO: The link to the video of this presentation will be available soon. Please contact Anne Darr to request the link.

How the Deaf Action Center Serves the Family

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Presented by Janira Benitez, Deaf Action Center, Dallas

This program will focus on local resources available for families, youth, and children through the Deaf Action Center in Dallas. Parents will learn about the Youth Education Transition Services (YETS) referral process and the important role parents play throughout this process. The Deaf Action Center is a resource for parents, youth, children, adults, and educators.

Participants must register in advance.

Registration Link

Parent info for a D/HH child


Please contact Anne Darr

Consultant, DHH Services

ESC Region 11


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