COVID-19 Resources for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Families
Update from Beginnings SC on 08/16/21: We wanted to share an update regarding our operations during COVID-19. Since this spring, we've resumed our in-person services including home visits, trainings, and hearing screenings. With the Delta variant becoming more widespread, we are currently making decisions on a case-by-case basis. We can serve families in-person if everyone is comfortable doing so or virtually. Hearing screenings are continuing as normal with child care centers completing a COVID-19 pre-screening questionnaire. Our staff are fully vaccinated and will wear masks during in-person services. We are here for you. Please give us a call at 803-216-1171 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance, especially with back to school. Stay safe!
These resources are deaf and hard of hearing specific, though some may include information that pertain to non DHH folks.
Beginnings SC Resources:
Blog posts: https://beginningssc.org/how-are-you/ and https://beginningssc.org/circleofsupport/
Keep the learning happening! Use our Books with Beginnings and Language Labs for some ideas!
Tips For Parents & Caregivers for COVID-19 School-at-Home
Back to School During the Coronavirus: A Guide for Students Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Their Team
At School During the Coronavirus: A Self-Advocacy Story for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (made for littles!)
Back to School During the Coronavirus Guide in ASL (Interpretation by Tonya Smith)
Teaching Deaf & Hard of Hearing Kids Virtually (Presentation by Mariann Carter of Carter Hears! during the 2020 Virtual Back to School Bash
Resources from other agencies:
Need someone to talk to immediately? Here is a hotline for DHH families.
Hands & Voices COVID-19 Resource List
South Carolina Schools Resource Page
National Association of the Deaf Resources
National Deaf Center COVID-19 Information: Great for older high school students and college students
Convo Relay COVID-19 Community Resources Tons of resources for the DHH Community
Resources about Access:
D/HH Accessible eLearning Resources:
Streamer: free captioning for academic institutions
Teaching remotely to DHH students--From the Council for Exceptional Children
Questions and Answers about distance learning for parents of DHH children from HearingLikeMe.com
Communication Considerations (read: access) during virtual meetings: (this one is for Zoom, but much of it can be adapted in other online platforms)
ASL eBooks and Resources for Deaf Kids
Bilingual ASL-English Deaf Education Library from Boston University
Kids’ stories in ASL from DPAN-the Deaf Performing Arts Network
As always, you can email any of the Beginnings SC staff, call 803-216-1171 or click below to get in touch if you have specific questions and/or concerns.