Navigating the Journey:
Free Information and Resources to Support Families With Children
Who Are Deaf/Hard of Hearing (D/HH) or Blind/Visually Impaired (B/VI)

For families with children who are deaf/hard of hearing (D/HH) or blind/visually impaired (B/VI), there is a lot of information available. From the Internet, to information from doctors, the medical community, schools, and other service agencies, there is no shortage of information and resources. However, navigating through the information and knowing what resources are credible and valuable can be an overwhelming task for parents and families.

To help families build their understanding and connect important medical and educational information, the Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness at OCALI has created the MedEd Connections Resource Guides—one for deaf/hard of hearing (D/HH) and one for blind/visually impaired (B/VI).

The Outreach Center for Deafness and Blindness at OCALI is pleased to announce the launch of a new resource, the MedEd Connections Resource Guides. Developed in collaboration with multiple school districts andagencies across Ohio, and funded by the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children, the MedEd Connections Resource Guides are your one-stop source for unbiased medical and education information. From addressing common questions to understanding your rights and what agencies and services are available to you and your child, these guides put all of the important information together in one place at your fingertips.

“What we have found was that many people don’t know about all of the Ohio-based supports and services available and how to navigate all of the information out there,” said Christine Croyle, the Outreach Center’s Program Director.

By having valuable information about the resources, professionals, and service agencies available in one place, families can easily make better informed decisions about what’s best for their children.

“An important aspect of my job is spreading awareness about disability-related information and resources,” shares Michelle Motil, Family Support Liaison for the Outreach Center and one of the content creators for the guides. “There is a lot to learn and navigate. If I am able to learn it, I can then help families, which ultimately benefits the children.”

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