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Project ACCESS

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Project ACCESS provides a variety of services to support children with hearing loss and their families. Together, we're raising awareness about hearing loss so children who are Deaf or hard of hearing may have ACCESS to educational programs, community events and social gatherings.

Services include:

  • Signing Circle Time – teaching young children, their siblings and parents/caregivers, basic signs through songs, stories and play. This exposure and practice helps provide ACCESS to language and early communication skills necessary for social and literacy development.
  • Hear Me Out! – helping individuals with hearing loss gain awareness into their own hearing loss and the impact it has on their experiences in the classroom, in social situations and in their community. The program empowers children and teens with hearing loss to self-advocate, improving the quality of their education and social relationships.
  • American Sign Language (ASL) Class for Parents and Professionals – educating others through offer ASL classes, helping others learn basic sign vocabulary and vital information about the Deaf culture. Weekly sessions focus on themes and activities that practice day to day conversation skills.
  • Regular Parent Get-Togethers – Giving parents an opportunity to ACCESS other parents who are experiencing similar challenges. This Parent Group meets regularly to talk, commiserate, advise and celebrate the challenges and successes of parenting a child with hearing loss. Additionally, parent group participants often lend a hand with special events that help to promote our mission and the services offered through Project ACCESS.