FFC: Resources

The Family-Focused Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children recommends these helpful resources for you and your child.

Parent Support Networks

Texas Hands & Voices – Texas Hands & Voices is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families and their children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as the professionals who serve them.

Hands & Voices (National) – Hands & Voices is a parent driven, non-profit organization dedicated to providing unbiased support to families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Honoring Parental Empowerment (HoPE) Parent Partnership Program – The HoPE Parent Partnership Program is a program is designed to assist Texas families in the early stages of learning that their infant or toddler has a hearing loss.

Texas Parent to Parent – Texas Parent to Parent is committed to improving the lives of Texas children who have disabilities, chronic illness and/or special health care needs by empowering families to be strong advocates through parent-to-parent support, resource referral and education.

American Society for Deaf Children (national) – American Society for Deaf Children is a national, independent non-profit organization whose purpose is providing support, encouragement and information to families raising children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Education

Early Childhood Intervention Parent Handbook (children 0-3 years) – Texas Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) programs serve families with children birth to 36 months with developmental delays or disabilities. ECI provides family support and specialized services to strengthen the family’s ability to access resources and improve their child’s development through daily activities.

• English 
• Spanish

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Parent Manual – This manual informs parents and students about special education services in Texas.

Texas Project First – Created by parents, for parents, this site is a project of the Texas Education Agency and is committed to providing accurate and consistent information to parents and families of students with disabilities.

General Information

Boys Town National Hospital - My Baby's Hearing – This site was created to answer parents' questions about infant hearing screening and follow up testing; steps to take after diagnosis of hearing loss; hearing loss and hearing aids, language and speech; and parenting issues. 

Deaf Culture – This site was created to bring you as many perspectives on the deaf and hard of hearing experience as possible. While the primary focus is to promote awareness of deaf culture, it is all-inclusive and covers a wide range of topics.

Education Resource Center on Deafness (ERCOD) – The Educational Resource Center on Deafness (ERCOD) brings the resources of the Texas School for the Deaf to the state. ERCOD works collaboratively with a variety of agencies, programs and schools across Texas to create a network of information, services and support designed to meet the needs of deaf and hard of hearing students, their families and the professionals who serve them.

John Tracy Clinic Distance Learning Program – This program offers parents of children ages birth to five with hearing loss a chance to independently pursue language learning with their children according to their own pace and specific interests.

Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH) 2007 Position Statement – This position statement from the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing discusses the principles and guidelines for early hearing detection and intervention programs.

BEGINNINGS for Parents of Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Inc. – BEGINNINGS provides emotional support and access to information for families with deaf or hard of hearing children from birth through age 21.

Hands & Voices – Hands & Voices, a non-profit, parent-driven national organization, supports families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.  

Handspeak: sign language resource – Handspeak is an online sign language dictionary and tutorial.

Texas Connect – The Texas Connect provides resources designed for families of infants and young children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as tools for early intervention service providers to use when working with families.