Odyssey magazine

2019 issue - Parent-School Advocacy

The 2019 issue of Odyssey takes a look at advocacy, a critical component necessary to support the education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The issue explores how families, professionals, and schools are working together to encourage parent advocacy as well as the strategies they have used, the challenges they have faced, and the outcomes they have achieved in their quest to gain necessary services and supports for their deaf or hard of hearing children or students.

This issue includes 18 articles written by a total of 25 professional and parent authors on such topics as:

  • Supporting families in program transition and the hard truths of early language
  • Importance of deaf and hard of hearing students learning to self-advocate
  • Impact of family advocacy on deaf and hard of hearing students' lives
  • Parent Advocacy app, a new tool to assist families of K-12 deaf and hard of hearing children in navigating IEP meetings, 504 meetings, and other meetings
  • How a parent of a Deaf Plus child challenged the system to get her son needed services
  • Learning about advocacy experiences of families of color-multiple perspectives guiding the Clerc Center's research process
  • Reflections of a VR counselor-tips for families whose children are transitioning out of high school
  • Parent's journey of advocating for a deaf child who identifies as transgender
  • Hands & Voices Advocacy, Support, and Training (ASTra) Program

We invite you to share with us on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtags of #ClercCenter and #DeafEd how these articles have impacted you, or to reach out to us at Odyssey@gallaudet.edu with your thoughts.

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2019 Odyssey Featured Articles

Supporting Families in Program Transition and the Hard Truths of Early Language: What Should We Say to Parents?

By Amanda Howerton-Fox and Jodi L. Falk

Of Serpents and Doves: My Experience Learning to Work with the Educational System

By Traci Penland

Education Advocates: A New Frontier of Advocacy

By Tawny Holmes Hlibok

Learning to Self-Advocate: Why Active, Early Parental Involvement is Key

By Steven J. Wright

Parents and Appropriate Assessment: Critical to the Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

By Ashley N. Greene-Woods and Natalie J. Delgado

A Family’s Advocacy: Reflections of a Deaf Son

By Oscar Ocuto

How to Best Support Families and Caregivers Who Are Disconnected, Alienated, and Underserved so They Can Become Involved and Effective Advocates

By Mary Ann Kinsella-Meier

Parent Advocacy App: Assisting Families of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children in Grades K-12

By Mary Henry Lightfoot

Deaf Plus: A Mother Reflects on Her Son’s Experience

By Ukawia Johnson

Learning About Advocacy Experiences of Families of Color: Multiple Perspectives Guiding the Research Process

By Susan J. Schatz and Lori Lutz

Reflections of a VR Counselor: There’s a Job for Everyone!

By Sitara Sheikh

Advocating for a Child Who Identifies as Transgender: A Parent’s Journey

Q&A with Carl Wayne Denney

To Advocate or Not to Advocate? There is No Question: Why Parents Must Advocate for Their Child’s Educational Needs

By Christopher Hayes

The Importance of Quantity and Quality of ASL with Young Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

By Todd LaMarr and Lisalee D. Egbert

Educators Empowering Families

By Christy M. Neria, Stephanie M. Young, and Delcina M. Colantuono

Deaf Students with Disabilities: A Functional Approach for Parents and Teachers

By Sara Schley and Jessica Trussell

Hands & Voices’ Family/Professional Model for Effective Advocacy: Reflections on Training

By Janet DesGeorges

Deaf Education: Let Advocacy and Collaboration Pave the Way

By Rachel Coleman

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