Our Family Support section connects you to resources that directly serve students and their families.

DHH Resources

Hands & Voices

Hands & Voices provides many free, downloadable resources for families and professionals. The organization also coordinates trainings and state-level support programs such as Guide By Your Side (GBYS), which pairs a trained “parent guide” with a parent of a child recently identified as having a hearing loss.

The Holley Institute: Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Programs

The Holley Institute offers summer programs for children, families, and adults at the Carls Family Village in Brooklyn, Mich.

National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM): Family Support and Partnership

NCHAM offers information on language and communication options, timelines, developmental milestones, and more. The site also features a "Just in Time" Tool to help families identify state agencies that provide support.

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)

The HLAA provides assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families to learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss.

Classroom Interpreting Parent Guide

Gallaudet University created a series of guides for families and educators who work with students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. This guide helps parents understand their child’s needs as well as the need for an interpreter in the classroom. To receive the guide, fill out a quick survey and the guide will be emailed to you.

Learning About Hearing Loss: A Roadmap for Families [PDF]

This NCHAM resource provides a timeline that guides families through the screening, diagnostic, and early intervention enrollment journey.

BEGINNINGS for Parents of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

The mission of this North Carolina nonprofit organization is to “empower parents of children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing through education and support.” The organization provides many free resources for families, professionals, and children.

Michigan Alliance for Families

Michigan Alliance for Families offers workshops, webinars, and disability-specific information for families.

Special Education Mediation Services (SEMS)

SEMS provides facilitation and mediation services to help families and school districts resolve disagreements.

Early On Michigan

Early On offers early intervention services for families with children ages birth to three.

MDE-LIO Resources

Resource Library

MDE-LIO’s resource library includes books and materials for parents that are available for loan.

Procedural Safeguards Video (Captioned)

Learn about the Procedural Safeguards for special education in this captioned video.

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Outreach Support

MDE-LIO provides guidance and support to families and school districts regarding a variety of topics.

Early Childhood Resources

Discover resources that can help you navigate your child’s early years.

Michigan Deaf/Hard of Hearing Service Directory [PDF]

MDE-LIO's service directory provides an overview of the programs and services each Michigan intermediate school district (ISD) offers for students who are DHH.