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The F.R.I.E.N.D. Academy

(Family Resources, Information, & Education for Navigating the Deaf/Hard of Hearing  Journey) 

Embrace the journey as a parent of a child with hearing loss and flourish within it.



You are overwhelmed. 

Parenting is difficult.  And, as a parent of a child with hearing loss, you've been thrown into a role you are not prepared for.

Professionals and outsiders expect you to have a clear path.

There is no handbook on how to parent YOUR child - and yet others expect you to have mastered the task.

You feel judged.

You feel confused.

People don't consider the impact that having a child with hearing loss has on the family.

You feel alone in this journey.


You need knowledge, resources, and guidance so you can equip and empower your child to grow up and be a successful and contributing member of his or her community, living a complete and fulfilling life, without limitations.

You don't know what you don't know.

You are doing the best you can with the knowledge you have. You know there is much to learn - but you don't know where to turn to get the information that will support YOU and YOUR CHILD.

Imagine a program that will provide you with tools to create YOUR road map to raising and empowering a child who is deaf or hard of hearing.

The F.R.I.E.N.D. Academy can help.

This community is all about bringing you together with other parents and professionals who can help you find the way, specific to the individual needs of your child and your family.  

Goodbye confusion and overwhelm.

  The F.R.I.E.N.D. Academy helps you effectively navigate your journey as a parent or caregiver with a child who is deaf or hard of hearing. 
As a member of the F.R.I.E.N.D. Academy, you are no longer alone.
You are part of a community of others who share a similar journey and who are able to help and support you along the way.






More than 20 trainings in our on-demand library.  Available on any device any time!


Available at your fingertips to answer the questions you have when you have them


Live trainings where you can connect directly with experts in the field of Deaf Education


Get support from other parents of children with hearing loss.   You are not alone!


Hang out with the community of parents and professionals to share and learn about resources available to help support your child

Frequently Asked Questions

F.R.I.E.N.D. stands for Family Resources, Information, and Education for Navigating the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Journey.

This program was created for parents and caregivers who are navigating the needs, rights and responsibilities of their child who has been diagnosed with a hearing loss.  The F.R.I.E.N.D. Academy travels alongside you and not only provides trainings, but also a community of others to help you navigate the journey and flourish within it!


Any family member of caregiver of any child who has been diagnosed with a hearing loss!  This program will support you from birth through graduation and beyond!

No.  The F.R.I.E.N.D. Academy will support you in every stage of your child's life, all the way through high school graduation and beyond.

There are two levels of membership in the F.R.I.E.N.D. Academy.  The F.R.I.E.N.D. Academy Basic  program provides on-demand trainings, resources, and tips and tools to apply information to you in your situation.  The F.R.I.E.N.D. Academy COMMUNITY includes these same trainings, plus a live training of each month and regular Power Hours.  These actiities provide community, support, and helps you individualize your specific needs as well as share your own experiences and resources with others. 

The F.R.I.E.N.D. Academy supports your journey regardless of communication mode. We believe in the ongoing process a parent or caregiver goes through in learning the needs of your child, including language, communication and access, and we are with you every step of the way. 

Interested in registering for the F.R.I.E.N.D. Academy but still have some questions? Book a FREE consultation call and we'll help start you on your journey!

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