Programs for Children and Teens

REACH

(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.
 

TEEN SCENE

 (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.
 

TRANSITIONS

  (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.

TUTORING

(Middle and High School) help with homework and school projects is provided before and after school.

PARENT NETWORK/KIDS KLUB

(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

Programs for Adults and Families

ADVOCACY, INFORMATION & REFERRAL

(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.

 

AMPLIFIED TELEPHONE AND EQUIPMENT DISTRIBUTION

 (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.

COUNSELING

 (All  Ages) Individual and family counseling are provided to FCD participants  by professionals with expertise in signed communication and issues  relating to hearing loss.

FAMILY LITERACY SESSIONS

  (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.

SIGN LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION

(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. 

EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

(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.