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American Society for Deaf Children
Transcript of American Society for Deaf Children
"The American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC) is committed to empowering diverse families with deaf* children and youth by embracing full access to language-rich environments through mentoring, advocacy, resources, and collaborative networks.
*ASDC uses the term 'deaf' to be inclusive of various hearing levels, including those who are seen as, or identify as Deaf, deaf, or hard of hearing."
Information for Parents and Families
Info about the ASDC
Recommended readings and resource links for parents of the newly-identified deaf child
Information and resource links about visual language and American Sign Language
Information for Educators and Providers
Articles on deaf education--history, models, schools, resources, etc.
Articles on services for the deaf
Resources for sevice providers
Information on ASDC conferences, past and future
Issues of the
, a thrice-yearly publication of the ASDC containing articles, reports, and ads for deaf resources
Lists of organizational and educational members of the ASDC
ASDC Website Reveals:
That the aim of the ASDC is to provide deaf children and their families with the support they need to experience happy, healthy childhoods
That the ASDC is committed to meeting the family/child at whatever level of support they require or desire
That the ASDC affirms the family's rights to decision-making
That the ASDC supports bilingualism (ASL and English) for deaf children and, in fact, all children
American Society for Deaf Children
About the Website Design
The ADSC began as a parent-to-parent organization, and its goal today appears to be to continue to provide parents with information and resources for informed decision-making.
Therefore, the website is designed for parents, teachers, and service providers of and for deaf children, and not for the children themselves.
Analysis of Website
Analysis of Benefits
The site is put together by people intimately acquainted with deafness
Information on the site appears to be accurate (based on my experience/reading on the deaf)
Has many links to deaf resources
Links include variety of media, such as articles, apps, news, videos, etc.
Members include many schools and professional organizations, whose links are easily accessible on the member page
Web design is attractive and easy to navigate
ASDC contact information is easy to find
Analysis of Weaknesses
Website has many links to other sites, but doesn't have a great deal of information generated by the organization itself (besides in issues of the
There is nothing on the site specifically for kids themselves, which would have been nice
Would I recommend it?
I would recommend it to
Parents seeking resources for their deaf child(ren)
Educators and providers seeking resources for their deaf students/clients
Anyone seeking resources about ASL
I would not recommend the website itself as a source of information about deaf children, Deaf culture, or ASL. It is a resource site, so it can be used to find resources, but it is not a satisfactory source of information itself.