Parents make the decision to homeschool for many reasons. Some decide to homeschool their children early. Others choose to homeschool after miserable experiences with the school system.
Educating children with disabilities presents a number of challenges, regardless of who takes on the task. While I think that homeschooling is the ideal placement for most deaf or hard-of-hearing children, I recognize that each child, and each circumstance is completely different. There are many factors to consider when making educational decisions for our children.
A major influence is the reality that many support services are only available through the school system, or may be too expensive for most families to provide on their own. I think it is unfortunate (a mild understatement), that our freedom, and right, to choose the best educational setting for our children is limited by availability of services. State laws and local practices do vary, and it may be possible to homeschool with support from the school system.
Discussion of common concerns parents have about homeschooling.
Suggestions for answering questions, handling delicate situations and setting good boundaries with family and friends regarding homeschooling.
A discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of homeschooling a deaf or hard of hearing child.
Special legal issues facing parents homeschooling children with disabilities.
A resource guide to issues specific to homeschooling children with hearing loss.
Tips and resources for getting started with homeschooling.
State Laws & Support Groups
A state-by-state guide to homeschool laws, including laws specific to special education.
Finding emotional and social support.
Action is aided by courage, by the moment, by impulse, and the hardest thing in the world is making a decision. - Franz Grillparzer
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