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Family Support & Resource Center

A statewide support service for families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
In conjunction with a statewide support service, MSD houses this MSDE resource center on Columbia and Frederick campuses. The goal of the program is to provide any Maryland family (including MSD families), professional, or service agency, support with raising a deaf or hard of hearing child. The center offers information resources, hosts monthly workshops and special events, and coordinates with service agencies statewide.
The Family Support and Resource Center Encourages: 
Families as Lifelong Educators: Families observe, guide, promote and participate in the everyday learning of their children at home, in school, and in their communities.
Family Engagement in Transitions: Families support and advocate for their child's learning and development as they transition to new learning environments from Birth to Age 21.
Family Connections to Peers and Community: Families from connections with peers and mentors in formal or informal social networks that are supportive and/or educational and enhance social well-being and community life.
Families as Advocates and Leaders: Parents and families participate in leadership development, and in community and state organizing activities to improve children's development and learning experiences.
Positive Parent-Child Relationships: Beginning with transitions to parenthood, parents and families develop warm relationships that nurture their child's learning and development. 

Information and Resources
  • Supplies families and professionals with information about national and state resources
  • Helps families resolve concerns and make informed decisions regarding their child's education
  • Provides families with support, resources, and information about language learning opportunities for their deaf and hard of hearing child
  • Provides practical workshops designed to meet the needs of parents and educators are offered throughout the year. Topics include IEP, transition, school records, internet safety, support groups, and much more.
Lending Library
  • Provides families and professionals with a lending library of a variety of publications and videos
Newsletter and Email News
  • Publishes a newsletter several times a year full of topics of interest to families and professionals
  • Sends emails with upcoming events to keep families and professionals informed
For more information regarding Family Support and Resource Center, please contact:

Cheri Dowling | Coordinator, Family Support and Resource Center
Voice: 443-277-8899
VideoPhone: 410-696-7435
Parents helping parents... it's a simple concept that works.
Fact Sheet
Autism Support Group
MSD offers an Autism Support Group open to MSD parents and those across the State of Maryland, who have a deaf/hard of hearing child with Autism. The group is designed to be a welcoming environment for families and caregivers of children who are deaf with autism spectrum disorders to meet, share experiences, ask questions, and receive support.
Upcoming Events Sponsored by Family Support & Resource Center
Experiences from a Deaf Adult
A workshop featuring a panel of deaf adults
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
6:00 - 8:00pm 
MSD-Columbia Campus
All Kids Can Succeed: Effective Interventions for Behavioral and Social Challenges
A Conference for Parents, Family Members, Caregivers and Professionals Interested in Helping a Child with Behavioral and Social Challenges
Saturday, April 21, 2018 
8:30am - 4:00pm 
Washington County Technical High School - Hagerstown, MD
Supporting Deaf Children with Autism: A Hands-On Workshop
This workshop will provide participants with detailed examples and practice activities on how to best support deaf children with autism spectrum disorders.
Thursday, April 26, 2018
6:30 - 8:30pm
MSD-Columbia Campus
2018 Maryland Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Annual Conference
Working Together to Improve Maryland's EHDI System
Thursday, May 3, 2018
8:30am - 4:00pm
Governor's Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing - Crownsville, MD
Family Learning Weekend
Powerful Parents: Pulling It All Together
May 19 - 20, 2018
Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel - Columbia, MD
Cheri Dowling
Coordinator, Family Support & Resource Center
V: 443-277-8899
Family Support & Resource Center
P.O. Box 894
8169 Old Montgomery Road
Ellicott City, MD 21044