Family Outreach Advocacy

GLAD’s Family Outreach Advocates work with deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, and deaf disabled youth, plus their parents and/or legal guardians, to create positive outcomes and ensure a higher quality of life.

Family Advocacy

Support youth and their parents/legal guardians during interactions with schools and other organizations.


We advocate with families of deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, and deaf disabled children (DHH) during meetings, including:

  • Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) / Individual Education Plan (IEP) / 504 Plan
  • School Meetings
  • Regional Centers

We educate about resources and laws that apply to children, such as:

  • LEAD-K / AB1836
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)


  • Accompanies parents and/or legal guardians to IEP and IFSP meetings
  • Develops relationships and establishes resource networks
  • Provides educational workshops
  • Refers families to Centers and other programs


  • Receive one-on-one consultations and assessments
  • Increase family’s ability to support child academically
  • Connect to other families
  • Support group for parents and/or legal guardians
  • Learn about rights of DHH children and parents and/or legal guardians

Deaf Coach

Strengthen child’s language development, self-advocacy skills, and family relationships.


We are trained in American Sign Language (ASL) instruction and interaction with DHH children and their families. We work to:

  • Involve family members in our ASL sessions with the child
  • Educate families
    about Deaf Culture and Communities through events, workshops, and resource fairs



  • Provide regular support sessions at home, library, and/or our office
  • Teach the family how to use ASL in daily routines and activities
  • Helps the family understand Deaf culture, including facial expressions, body movement, and visual learning importance
  • Navigate the family into the Deaf community


  • Build child’s self-advocacy skills
  • Provide culture information
  • Strengthen family relationships at home
  • Support group for children and youth to connect
  • Support child’s language development


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