Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss began in 2011 with the goal of creating an ‘umbrella website’ for teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing and others who care for or educate children with hearing loss. Supporting Success was built on the concept of making practical information readily available, resulting in the current resource-packed website, products, Teacher Tools Takeout materials marketplace, and our Supporting Success Courses. We want to help YOU to help children who are deaf or hard of hearing to succeed.
Core Goals of Supporting Success are:
- Provide persons who work with students who are deaf or hard of hearing, and their families, the resources to fulfill our mission “to improve the futures of children with hearing loss.”
- Maintain a growing bank of free informationrelevant to supporting child development and student success, including free Update newsletters[inappropriate link] with topical information sent to over 15,000 subscribers twice monthly
- Provide products for sale that have been specifically selected to support the success of students with hearing loss, offered at a price equal to, or lower than, all other sources
a. Develop and publish resources when gaps are identified through Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss Publications
b. Provide information and instructional materials specifically for use with students who are deaf and hard of hearing via Teacher Tools Takeout marketplace
- Provide relevant and practical professional development specifically for teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing and others who support school success of these students via SupportingSuccessCourses.com and professional presentations upon invitation to school districts, regional programs, and relevant conference venues. We also offer Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss Virtual Conferences specific to the interests of itinerant teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing, at as low a cost as possible, with practical presentations to improve teacher knowledge and instruction
- Strengthen knowledge on student rights for improved advocacy for the purpose of improving student eligibility, communication access in school (including Streamer speech-to-text captioning and MyASLTech.com) appropriate levels of specialized instruction to allow students the opportunity to achieve at the rate and to the level of their class peers. Coming soon – Q & A for YOU!
There are differing opinions that have changed over time regarding how to refer to the population of persons with hearing loss. The term “children with hearing loss” was purposely selected. The terms “Deaf” and “hard of hearing” do not necessarily coincide with audiometric hearing thresholds. As children enter adolescence who have functioned as hard of hearing there are a significant number who choose to identify with the Deaf community. The terms “Deaf” and “hard of hearing” relate to ‘personal identity’ and reflect cultural preferences. It is up to the individual to define their own identity.
Research from 2003 indicated that 56% of hard of hearing teens (11, 13, 15 years) identify themselves as having a “hearing problem” and not as having a disability (hard of hearing or hearing impaired). For these children, their preference is to be identified as neither deaf, Deaf nor hard of hearing. Also, families of children who are early identified and receive early amplification and intervention are increasingly choosing listening and speaking as the preferred communication modality they use with their child (over 90% in some places). With this in mind, it is reasonable to assume that the numbers of children who do not identify themselves as either deaf or hard of hearing will increase.
The choice of “children with hearing loss” for this website is not meant as a slight to the Deaf community who feel that they have experienced no ‘loss’ nor is it meant to reinforce a medical approach to ‘fixing’ persons with hearing loss. In view of the phenomenon of increasing numbers of children identifying themselves only as persons with a ‘hearing problem’ and in recognition that the terms Deaf and hard of hearing are personal identity and cultural choices, it is a sign of respect for this personal choice that the term “children with hearing loss” is used throughout this website.
Kent, B. (2003). Identity issues for hard of hearing adolescents aged 11, 13 and 15 in mainstream setting. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education 8(3), 315-324.