What is the O.U.R. Children's Safety Project?
The O.U.R. Project represents a major effort to reduce the incidence and impact of child maltreatment via awareness, understanding, and proactive engagement. Deaf and hard of hearing children face a greater risk of abuse and neglect than children with typical hearing. While this is not a comfortable topic for most families, it is certainly an important one. Hands & Voices is partnering with Harold Johnson and KidPower to learn to Observe, Understand, and Respond to our children to keep them safe.
What is Delaware Hands & Voices doing?
In Delaware we are working to bring families and professionals the training and materials they need to help keep our kids safe. In February of 2014 we brought Harold Johnson to Delaware's Still Listening to get the conversation started. Six months later we hosted KidPower Vermont for 3 days of free workshops for families and professionals, and then in the fall we had a question and answer based webinar with Dr. Johnson again. We intend to continue offering workshops and other opportunities to keep the conversation going and advance training for both families and professionals in our state. We also offer KidPower books, including the KidPower Safety Comics, free of charge for Delaware families with deaf and hard of hearing children.
What can I do?
Safety starts with informed families teaching their children how to be safe. You can use the KidPower guides, comics, and videos online with your own children to teach them what to do before they need to know it. You can read Harold Johnson's wiki and watch his presentations from his website. You can work on getting safety included in your child's IFSP, IEP, or 504 plan.
If you would like to attend a workshop in the future, we would love to have you! You can sign up for our emailed newsletter to get a monthly update with notices for upcoming workshops and other events by joining. Membership is free! If you would like KidPower Safety Comics to use with your own children, contact us to request them.
If you or a child you know needs help, call 1-800-4-A-CHILD, the national child abuse hotline. You will be connected to a professional counselor who can help you figure out what to do next. Learn more: https://www.childhelp.org