(Raising Expectations & Achievement of Children with Hearing Loss – Elementary School) Cultural and linguistic enrichment opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing elementary-aged kids, their siblings, and children who have parents with hearing loss. Included is an after-school program, special events on days when school closes early or is not open, and summer camps and activities.
(Middle and High School ) A club that emphasizes socialization, community service and the development of independent living, decision making, problem solving and leadership skills. Activities for this student-led group occur both during the school year and over the summer.
(High School and Beyond) Support for deaf and hard of hearing young adults in making the change from being students in their parents’ homes to living on their own, whether they choose to continue their education or enter the work force. Includes regular sessions during the academic year, starting in middle school, to prepare teens for the life decisions they will face after finishing high school. Employment services are also provided through Vocational Rehabilitation.
(Middle and High School) help with homework and school projects is provided before and after school.
(All Ages) A parent-governed group meets regularly to foster peer support, share experiences and information. Supervised activities that build self-esteem and cultural identity, as well as improving communication skills, are provided for children during adult sessions. Additional recreational activities provide opportunities of socialization and building relationships for families.
For additional questions about any FCD program, call 727-501-2323
(All Ages) Our Parent Support Specialist helps parents in finding and accessing resources in the community. Resources may include: Informational counseling on hearing loss, child development, education, amplification, and communication.
Assistance is also provided to anyone in the Tampa Bay area in locating and accessing services and information related to hearing loss.
(Over age three) Amplified telephones and other equipment is distributed at no cost to qualified Florida residents with hearing loss. Call 727-399-9983 for additional information.
(All Ages) Individual and family counseling are provided to FCD participants by professionals with expertise in signed communication and issues relating to hearing loss.
(All Ages) Individualized sessions, at homes or locations convenient for participants, develop literacy skills and learning strategies for parents and children, improving parenting techniques, sign language skills, and student academic foundations. Links for families to information and services related to deafness is also provided.
(All Ages) Parents and other care givers learn how to use American Sign Language signs to improve communication at home and increase language development in deaf and hard of hearing children. Formal class sessions and home instruction are set up to meet the requests of participating families.
(Vocational Rehabilitation Clients) Employment specialists work with adults who are deaf or hard of hearing in preparing for and finding employment. Support is provided in the workplace for up to 90 days following placement. Employment training is also provided.