Deaf & Hard of Hearing Role Model Program gives parents a positive vision for their child’s future and opportunities to ask questions of an adult who has firsthand experience growing up DHH. DHH Role Models are also prepared to share their personal experiences and serve as a positive influence in the lives of youth and adolescents who are DHH. Role Models represent the full range of hearing levels, communication modalities (Listening Spoken Language, Cued Speech/Cued English, ASL), technology use, and education.
For families with children newly identified as DHH
Introduces your child and family to individuals from the DHH communities who use Listening Spoken Language (LSL), Cued Speech, American Sign Language (ASL), and technology options. Provides opportunities to address practical concerns in a less formal, more personal setting.
Self-Advocacy Skills for Youth who are DHH, Ages 7-21
- Introduces your child and family to a Role Model who is DHH and uses similar communication modalities.
- Offers the opportunity to discuss topics such as peer friendships, using technology, self-esteem and identity, and thinking about the future.
To inquire about any of the DHH Role Model services, please complete the application form. Someone will be in touch with you within 48 hours. Enrollment is dependent upon the availability of funds at the time of application.
Funding for the Program
Lifetrack’s Deaf Mentor Family Program is funded in part by the Minnesota Department of Human Services Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division (DHHSD) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).
Danelle Gournaris, MA, MS
Deaf Mentor Family Program Manager
709 University Avenue West
St. Paul, MN 55104