The Deaf Mentor Program provides weekly home visits by a deaf adult who is trained in using the Deaf Mentor Program curriculum. The goals of the program are to support families in learning American Sign Language (ASL) and to help them learn about Deaf Culture. The three areas of focus are ASL for Families, Early Visual Communication, and Deaf Culture.
The roles of the Deaf Mentor are to interact with the family and their child using ASL while providing fun and educational language modeling, guide family members in understanding and appreciating Deaf Culture, and serve as a connection for families to participate in the Deaf Community. The program currently serves families in Douglas, Johnson, Leavenworth, Shawnee, Sedgwick, and Wyandotte counties with children who are deaf/hard of hearing, aged birth to three. The goal is to expand services to encompass families with children who are deaf/hard of hearing, aged birth to eight, statewide.