How does a child who is deaf, hard of hearing or nonverbal due to other conditions such as Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy or childhood Apraxia learn to communicate?

Sign language skills can provide a much-needed solution and help families better communicate with their children. The Whole Family Project provides sign language instruction for a nominal fee to families who have a child living in the home, from birth to age 12, with a hearing or speech disability who would benefit learning visual communication. Adults are not eligible for this program.

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The Whole Family Project also maintains a library of additional resources that can be checked out through the family tutors.

What service is this?

Established in 1999, The Whole Family Project is a program of The Whole Person. The Whole Family Project employs tutors with a wide variety of sign language experience and backgrounds. Tutors may be interpreters, family members of a deaf individual or deaf themselves. Our qualified tutors work with individual families, tailoring their lessons to meet the unique communication needs of each family.

Responsibilities of Families in The Whole Family Project

Help us help your family.
Ensure that your family understands the rules so that we can optimize your family’s experience.
Please ensure that you understand the following responsibilities that your family should follow.

  • The family’s responsibility to the program is to meet once a week unless other arrangements are made with the tutor (such as cancellations for weather, sickness, vacation, etc).
  • The family agrees to be on time and prepared for weekly sessions, just the like the tutor is prepared and on time.
  • The family agrees and understands that at least one parent much be present at every session. No session will be taught without a parent in attendance.
  • The family also understands and agrees to practice the vocabulary taught each week. They will keep a log of words and will use as many as they can and as often as they can each week.
  • The family understands this is a 2-year program, but that they can withdraw at any point.

NOTE: Families who wish to participate in The Whole Family Project will be asked to pay a nominal fee for these services.

The Whole Family Project draws upon the resources of The Whole Person for other services such as referral, advocacy and community education.

Individuals fluent in sign language are encouraged to inquire about tutoring possibilities.

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