- Get in the loop: Sign up your child in our USH Trust registry, the largest international registry exclusively for the Usher community. It will assure that you get the latest info on research and will also help to connect you with other families and the Usher community across the country and around the world.
- Connect with your state deaf-blind children's project. They will help you navigate services within your state
- Join our USH Blue Book (Google Forum), a private email group for families and individuals living with Usher syndrome with more than 600 members, worldwide.
- Sign up and participate in monthly online calls with the FamilytoFamily Communities Project (F2FC). Meet other USH families of school-aged children, and share information, resources, and support. To join, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Make lifelong friendships at our annual USH Connections conference. Presentations, group events, social.
- Watch Usher Syndrome From Their Perspective - a 20-minute video where kids with Usher syndrome and their parents discuss their thoughts and feelings about the Usher diagnosis.
- Read blog posts by our founder, Mark Dunning, describing the early days of the Usher Syndrome Coalition and his journey as a dad to daughter Bella.
- Figure out your "next steps" using this handy brochure for parents from the MN Department of Health
- View the webinar: Educational Considerations for Students with Usher Syndrome, where two moms talk about the accommodations their kids needed/received throughout their school years, including college.
- Read "Advocating as a Family" by Pam Aasen, mom to Ethan and Gavin and USH Ambassador to Canada
- Learn about The Parent and Professional Partnership, also written by Pam Aasen
- Just for Young Adults - This section of the Usher Syndrome Coalition website includes stories/suggestions from college-age students who are passing on their experiences to their younger peers.
- Our USH Partner, Ava's Voice, hosts USHthis Summer Youth Camp for campers with Usher syndrome, ages 11-14. Youth with Usher syndrome, ages 15-17, can apply to be counselors in training, and young adults with Usher, ages18 to 24 can apply to be lead counselors. Ava's Voice is an official partner of the Usher Syndrome Coalition. For more information about the camp, go to Ava's Voice FB page
- Information in ASL: The "first-ever" series of 25 short ASL videos about Usher syndrome, presented by Kevin Richmond, an adult with Usher. Also includes several scientific USH Talks translated into ASL by native Deaf signers.
- Transition Tips in ASL from the Disability Law Center
- Publications related to Usher:
- Counseling Students Who Have Usher Syndrome, Patty Lago Avery
- Thoughts on Transitioning by Amelia Westerfield
- Usher Syndrome in the School Setting, Miner and Cioffi
- Infographic about Usher Syndrome
- Other resources:
A group to support parents of kids with Usher Syndrome. We are specifically focused on finding information and treatment.
Family-to-Family Communities (F2FC) brings families together via distance technology to connect, share information and resources, and offer support to one another in the journey of supporting their family member with deaf-blindness. There is an F2FC group exclusively for parents of children with Usher syndrome.
A group for Mom's of adult children with Usher to share about their adult child with Usher syndrome--Mom to Mom.
Tools for Advocacy
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Resources for Children
Resources in ASL
A collection of videos that have been created primarily for school districts so administration, staff, and teachers are given the opportunity to learn survival American Sign Language (ASL) skills so they can start communicating with DHH students at their school.
The Rocky Mountain Deaf School offers an online treasure trove of children's books in ASL with voice, captions, and the book on screen.
Children's Books About Visual Impairment
Books about Hearing Loss, Hearing Aids and CIs for Children
by Debbie Blackington
by Rebecca Rissman
by Melanie Hawkins
"This book is not about hearing loss but rather the unique traits that make us look or feel a bit different. It can help us realize that no matter our abilities, strengths or weaknesses, each of us is precious, rare, and beautiful!"
by Ashley Machovec
by Walt Disney Company
Evren & Kara Ayik wrote this book to uplift children with rare diseases following Evren’s graduation from high school. Evren’s advocacy work for people with Acid Sphingomyelinase Deficiency (ASMD) began in 2017 when he was invited to speak at the FDA in Maryland and in several other states about life with ASMD. He plans to become a special education teacher and now attends California State University, Fresno. His mother, Kara, has been an educator for over twenty years.