One of the most important things to us is that we are a NON-BIASED nonprofit. Sure, it is difficult. What does non-biased mean? We are not talking about prejudice or racist or prejudging.. we are talking about non-biased. We are not saying we are not politically correct or will stay away from a topic. We are NON-BIASED.
We are here to serve YOU -whether you are hearing, deaf,hard of hearing ,Deaf, a parent , a child or a friend. We are not here to serve ourselves and be rockstars-we only exist if we can serve. We know that the population of people with hearing loss are mixed and varied-some sign, some talk, some sign and talk, some lipread, some use computers,etc. We do NOT believe it is our job to tell you how your child should communicate. We feel it IS our job to share all options with your family. We are here as a resource. We are here to see you and your family grow. However, we are not the ones raising your children. Parents are raising their children-in the hearing or deaf or Deaf or HH world. At the end of the day, we can suggest that we think A or B might be successful for your family,but it is up to you what you choose.
This picture is a perfect depiction of who we are. We had a Family Fun Night out at the Milwaukee Admirals' Hockey Game. I spoke on the ice with an interpreter,giving equal access.. and one of our families signed the National Anthem.. There are families who can hear/are deaf/are hard of hearing and who sign and who speak here supporting our nonprofit and part of our family. You can't tell by looking at this picture who is who and what the mode of communication is. You can only tell they are having fun and that is our goal at the end of the day:) I think we met it that night!
Allison Schley has been in the field of deaf and hard of hearing education for 20 years. She founded a nonprofit for families with hearing loss. She most recently wrote a children's book, entitled Forever Friends. This book shows the how a deaf dog and deaf boy teach the world that all kids are good and being deaf is okay.