Kids & Young Adults
Look around! We have lots for you to do and see, places to go, and things to consider.
In this section you will find: (click on any topic)
- About Hearing Loss– Especially for Kids
- Life After High School– Information to help you prepare!
- Post–Secondary Programs in Michigan
- Post–Secondary Programs especially for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students outside of Michigan
- Places to Go & Things to Do
Click one of the topics above to jump to that section or scroll down the page and browse.
Growing up without Hearing
If you hear well, you might wonder what it’s like for a brother, sister, or friend. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, read this article and see if you agree.
Read about hearing and hearing loss at OtiKids’ Kids Corner. You can also read stories written by children with hearing loss from all over the world and you can play games in the Fun with OtiKids section.
Kids Klub is the place for kids with hearing aids. Play games, learning more about hearing and hearing aids, and how to talk to friends and parents about hearing loss. A site for kids and their parents too by the folks at Unitron Hearing.
Books for Kids
Herbie Hears the Horn
by Susan Chorost, Susan Stock
Patrick Gets Hearing Aids
by Maureen C. Riski and Nikolas Klakow
Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS)
MRS will help you plan for life after high school. Whether you want to continue your education or get a job, MRS can help. If you do not already have an MRS counselor, talk to the Transition Coordinator or a Counselor at your school. And visit the MRS website for more information.
iTransition is a free, online transition curriculum to help students who are deaf or hard of hearing prepare for life after high school. There are four separate trainings with activities to help students learn about themselves, their career goals, and the skills they need to be successful in the future.
For College Success
What do you need to know ahead of time to be a success in College? This program will show you all the ins and out of financial aid, campus life, getting the supports you needs, and lots more!
Transition Website for High School Students
This resource guide is written to help you make some decisions about the future, especially in the areas of career and education. What do you want to do? Do you need a college education to achieve that goal? Will you need more than a Bachelor’s Degree? Are there colleges in your area that offer such a program? How might your disability affect the kind of work you do? Working through this guide with the help of your parents and teachers should help you answer many of these.
Self Knowledge is POWER!
This article talks about the tools needed for success in the world of hearing people!
One Student’s Story...or is it?
“I can’t believe the difference this has made in my life. You can’t imagine what a relief it is to me to drive home after a day of classes and be headache–free. For the first time, I feel I can be successful in my coursework...or even a career.” Sound interesting? Read on…
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act, all colleges and universities are required to make accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Even so, some colleges have more experience than others, or have more access to interpreters, CART providers, and other accommodations. Some of Michigan’s colleges attract more deaf and hard of hearing students than others for a variety of reasons.
When choosing a college, first consider your career goals. What do you want to do, and which colleges will give you the education you need to do that?
Second, consider support services. If the college you wish to attend has less experience in serving deaf and hard of hearing students, you might need to advocate for yourself. This is a valuable skill to learn! This article may help.
Third, consider community. If a strong Deaf Community is important at the college you attend, your best bet is a community college that has an Interpreter Training Program (click here to see our list), or one of the larger universities in the Lower Peninsula.
If you are not interested in college, but want a good career and hands–on learning, consider MCTI.
Michigan Career and Technical Institute (MCTI)
At MCTI you will learn the skills to get a job in computers, cabinet making, automotive technology and many more career fields!
The purpose of PEPNet-Midwest is to increase and improve secondary and postsecondary educational opportunities for individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in the Midwest.
College and Career Programs for Deaf Students
This book is your guide to most of the U.S. colleges that have special programs or offer special services for deaf and hard of hearing students. It will help you answer the question: Which one is right for me? It gives general descriptions of many of the programs available. It lists the career areas of study that are offered, and shows which special services are provided.
Gallaudet is a liberal arts college in Washington D.C. Gallaudet offers undergraduate and graduate programs for deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing students. Gallaudet also conducts and publishes research on Deaf and Hard of Hearing issues.
Junior NAD is a Youth Program of the National Association of the Deaf.
Kids of Deaf Adults organization
Currently, out of order – please, visit later if it is still a problem.)
Interpreted Theater in Michigan
A schedule of interpreted performances.
This site is for Kids and Youth from all over the world!
Deaf Friends International: Junior Online Magazine
Write a story or poem and have it posted on this website. Take some time to read what is important to deaf and hard of hearing kids all over the world!