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Deaf & Hard of Hearing — Family Services

Deaf & Hard of Hearing — Family Services

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LSS’ Deaf & Hard of Hearing — Family Services offers unbiased parent-to-parent support, instruction in American Sign Language (ASL), opportunities to develop relationships with successful Deaf and Hard of Hearing adults and training in educational advocacy. 

These services are recognized as playing a critical role in the Minnesota Early Hearing Detection and Intervention System.

Deaf Mentor Family Program

Deaf Mentor Family Program (DMFP) are offered to families who have a Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) child. While the focus is on younger children, the DMFP are available to any child ages birth to 21. During home visits, families learn ASL and other communication techniques unique to DHH children. In this relaxed setting, family members are encouraged to ask questions about ASL, Deaf culture and daily life as a DHH individual.

Minnesota Hands and Voices

Minnesota Hands & Voices is a community of support for families with children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH). As parents of children who are DHH themselves, the employees share the same journey and commitment to helping a child meet their full potential. Parent Guides assist families by providing information about the full range of options, support, family to family connections, educational workshops and networking opportunities.