The SOC Mentor Program is a free program offered to families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing, ages birth to age 5. It gives families the opportunity to meet deaf and hard of hearing adults with different experiences and varying backgrounds. Mentors meet with each family on a regular basis, either at the family home or remotely, to provide them with a positive and hopeful perspective from their day-to-day, real-life experiences as a deaf person living in a hearing world.
Mentors are trained in American Sign Language (ASL) instruction and interact with children and families using ASL. Mentors will show family members how to use ASL through both informal interactions and more formal ASL lessons. They will also share information about deaf culture and introduce the family to the local Deaf community.