Observe, Understand & Respond:
the O.U.R. Children's
Safety Project

Video Introduction

We don't like to think about it, but our kids who are deaf or hard of hearing are at a higher risk for both abuse and neglect. Like any children, they are at risk.  As children who might not always be able to communicate easily and fluently, or understand the nuances of conversation with neighbors, caregivers, or strangers, they are at an even higher risk of being victims of someone, somewhere... 

If we can stop that cycle with even one child, one family... our efforts are more than worthwhile. 

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Hands & Voices is working closely with researcher Harold Johnson, formerly at Michigan State University, to understand the scope of this problem, partner with supporting agencies (who often need to learn more about deafness), and teach ourselves how best to Observe, Understand, and Respond to our children. To keep them safe. To keep them free to grow up in the innocence of childhood.

We are challenging one another to spread the word about this important topic.  Parent Guides from CO Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side are participating in a pilot project, keeping logs of the questions that arise, and sharing thoughts as they learn more about this topic.

There’s a lot more that we can be doing beyond wringing our hands in frustration.  Below are resources that will be useful to parents in developing skills that will prepare us to share effectively with their own children. But don’t just stop at your own child or student, here are some things that you can do to help others be prepared:

  • Pass-It-On: Share the articles, posted below, and its related resources, with at least one other parent, and then ask them to “pass-it-on.”
  • Share the Story: Have a conversation with your child about abuse and neglect (see attached “Helping Parents Talk to Children” below) then share the story of how it went so that other parents can learn from your experience.
  • Recognize the Best and Challenge Everyone Else: Ask the professionals who work with your child what they are doing to protect your child from abuse and neglect, then share the resulting reactions, information, resources, programs, and questions so that we recognize the best and challenge everyone else.
  • Join us on our wiki, i.e. http://deafed-childabuse-neglect-col.wiki.educ.msu.edu/

Resources

IFSP/IEP

Articles on O.U.R from the
Hands & Voices Communicator

 

Audio Recordings/Transcripts of Previous O.U.R. Special Guest Speakers/Presentations

Deaf Children, ACEs, and the School to Prison Pipeline: Problems and Solutions

January 9, 2018
Presenter:   Dr. Gabriel Lomas

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The Radical Middle: How Professionals in Deaf Education are  Making a Commitment to Working Better, Together

November 14 207
Presenter:   Michella Maiorana-Basas, Ph.D.

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Summer Safety for Hands & Voices Families

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Presenter: Irene van der Zande

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Personal Reflections from a Mom:  A Story of Love

April 11 , 2017
Shannon Elam, AuD, CCC-A

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Promoting the Health and Safety of Young Children with Special Needs

March 14 , 2017
E. Paula Crowley, Ph.D

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They won’t remember”: Myths about child, abuse, neglect and very young children

February 14 , 2017
Catherine Corr, PhD.

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Knowing Your Child/Student Understands Their Rights and kNOws When to Say No!

January 10th
Caroline Guardino, Ph.D.

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“Turning Victims into Survivors: One Former Teacher of the Deaf Tells Her Story”

February 13, 2018
Presenter: Karen L. Kritzer, Ph.D.

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“Why Do I Need to be Trauma-Informed?

March 13, 2018

Presenter: M. Elizabeth Ralston, Ph.D.

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“Three Steps to a Stronger O.U.R. Project : With Examples from Michigan and other Chapters “

April 10, 2018

Presenters: The O.U.R. Project team, HQ Staff and our community of learners

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---Follow up to March 13 Discussion “Protecting our Children: Before and After Potentially Traumatic Events”

May 8, 2018

Presenter: M. Elizabeth Ralston, Ph.D.

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