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Indiana State Department of Health

CDHHE Home > Early Intervention Services > Deaf Mentor Program Deaf Mentor Program

The Deaf Mentor program connects a Deaf or Hard of Hearing adult to a family with a Deaf or Hard of Hearing Child.

What do the Deaf Mentor do?

- Meets with the family regularly in home or informal setting using the Ski-HI Deaf Mentor Curriculum as a guide to plan home visits.

- Teaches parents/family members American Sign Language (ASL).

- Shares life experiences as a deaf person.

- Introduces parents/families to the Deaf community.

- Acquaints family with Deaf community identity and its resources.

- Supports and enhances the child’s learning of ASL and English which promotes early language acquisition and learning.

- Focus on five areas in their home visits: Language/communication, Making the Child's home barrier-free, Deaf Culture, Literacy and Building better community.

What will Parents/Families get from a Deaf Mentor?

- Exposure to and learning to American Sign Language as well as learn about the development of communication skills (both auditory and visual).

- Learn how to connect ASL with their child’s language and literacy development.

- Access to a NATIVE American Sign Language user in order to learn how to communicate with their Deaf or Hard of Hearing child.

For more information about the Deaf Mentor program, call 317-493-0515 or email to cdhhe@isdh.in.gov.