From staff reports
CLARION – Riverview Intermediate Unit 6 hosted a Student Self –Advocacy and Transition event for students with hearing loss and their parents/guardians.
The Counsel of Hearing Impaired Parents and Students (CHIPS) Program, coordinated the program to bring together students from ages 3-17 with varying degrees of hearing loss and communication modes. Throughout the day, participants experienced a variety of small group sessions designed to provide time to develop new friendships and awareness of how hearing loss affects access to communication.
Participants learned about hearing loss; gained valuable strategies and information on how to be a better self-advocate or how to advocate for your child with hearing loss; and networked with other participants that have a hearing loss in the family. They also learned about assistive listening technologies, explored career options and initiated the beginning stages of planning for after high school.
For more information on the CHIPS program or other specialized programs offered by RIU6, visit www.riu6.org or call (814) 226-7103.