The following list of resources include both Kansas School for the Deaf (KSD) and outside resources. For additional assistance don't hesitate to contact a staff member of KSD or a Parent/Staff Organization (PSO) Member.
Should All Deaf Children Learn Sign Language?
"Every year, 10 000 infants are born in the United States with sensorineural deafness. Deaf children of hearing (and nonsigning) parents are unique among all children in the world in that they cannot easily or naturally learn the language that their parents speak. These parents face tough choices. Should they seek a cochlear implant for their child? If so, should they also learn to sign? As pediatricians, we need to help parents understand the risks and benefits of different approaches to parent–child communication when the child is deaf. The benefits of learning sign language clearly outweigh the risks. For parents and families who are willing and able, this approach seems clearly preferable to an approach that focuses solely on oral communication." Click here to download the entire abstract.
From Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University: Setting Language in Motion -- Family Supports and Early Intervention for Babies who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing http://www.gallaudet.edu/clerc-center-sites/setting-language-in-motion.html
The Parent/ Staff Organization (PSO) of KSD is in place to provide an opportunity for staff and parents to work together to meet a variety of school needs. PSO focuses on:
President of PSO: