CAPACITY GOAL ONE: Family Engagement
Goal Statement Families of deaf and hard of hearing children and youth will have access and a welcome entry to resources that support and merge with their cultural and family priorities.
Background It is well known that families shape the development of their children in the most fundamental and essential ways. For all parents, this responsibility can feel daunting at times. For parents of deaf and hard of hearing children the pressures can be heightened as they face navigating systems and service providers along with their personal questions of how they will successfully raise a deaf or hard of hearing child. Despite a sizable availability of supports in New Mexico, the 2014 Task Force expressed concern that a low percentage of families utilize available resources. New Mexico has many agencies specifically charged with parent and family support. The New Mexico School for the Deafâ€™s Early Intervention and Involvement Department, the Center for Educational Consultation and Training and all school programs provide family-specific programming. Hands and Voices NM, Parents Reaching Out (PRO) and Education for Parents of Indian Children with Special Needs (EPICS) provide support and advocacy for families of deaf and hard of hearing children. All of these agencies and organizations report they constantly grapple with how to better serve families in championing for their children.
Rationale The distribution of population in New Mexico, with significant rural areas, creates challenges in providing applicable resources for families of deaf and hard of hearing children. Programs serving these families have difficulty recruiting and hiring qualified individuals who are from our local communities to provide services. 23
New Mexico Task Force for Education for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Children & Youth