Local and State Resources
1. http://www.michigan.gov/mdcr/0,4613,7-138-28545—,00.html – Michigan Division on Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing
Offers information regarding the law for dear, deafblind, and hard of hearing community. It also gives information to interpreters and potential interpreters regarding the requirements for interpreting.
2. http://www.grandrapidsoraldeaf.org/ – Grand Rapids Oral Deaf Program
Provides information about the Oral Deaf program in Kent County, including curriculum and additional services provided at the school.
3. http://nvps.net/dhh-program/ – Northview Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program
Provides information about the Total Communication Program in Kent County, including support services and interpreter requests for school events.
4. http://www.familyhopefoundation.org/ – Family Hope Foundation
This site offers resources and information, plans family events, and offers scholarships for children’s therapies. They also offer information on advocacy support and specific disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, ADD/ADHD, autism, and developmental disabilities.
1. https://www.signingsavvy.com/ – Signing Savvy
This website is a resource for ASL users or learners. There is a dictionary to look up the signs for specific words. There is a word of the day and sentence of the day, with videos demonstrating the signs. You can schedule a chat with an ASL expert. A membership is available for purchase, but it is free to access the dictionary and word/sentence of the day.
2. http://www.handspeak.com/ – Hand Speak
The is a resource for ASL users or learners. There is a dictionary to look up the signs for specific words. There is a word of the day. There is also information about Deaf culture, translating phrases, fingerspelling, and ASL with kids.
3. https://thelisteningroom.com/ – The Listening Room
“Here you will find a host of free, fun activities and resources to support the development of speech, language, and listening skills in people of all ages with a hearing loss. The Listening Room features three sections with content created specifically for their respective age groups: Infants & Toddlers, Kids, and Teens & Adults.” An account is required by it is free to join. This site is provided by Advanced Bionics and Phonak.
4. http://www.parentcenterhub.org/repository/transitionadult/ – Center for Parent Information and Resources
This page answers questions about school to work transition and how to prepare for it and what should be included in the IEP.
5. https://www.speechbuddy.com/blog/iep/technology-benefits-special-education-classrooms-and-beyond/ – Speech Buddies
This site is a speech and language site. Parents can search for an SPL in their area. Depending on the SPL, a child needing speech and language therapy can meet with the SPL selected either in their home, at an office, or virtually.
6. http://www.oneplaceforspecialneeds.com/main/library_special_needs_apps.html – One Place for Special Needs
This site offers a list of apps for Android and iPad, iPhone, and iPod devices. The skills that the apps address ranges from apraxia to fine motor skills to visual processing skills.