My success as a deaf adult is hugely credited to my parents. My confidence as an (deaf) adult was a direct result of their unfaltering high expectations, patience, work-ethic, and persistence in ensuring that I had equal access to education and the opportunity to receive quality education. This was important to them, and was drilled into me at a young age. Resources and information was critical to my mother in the early stages of identification, and she did it successfully without the internet or social media. These days, we have an abundant net of resources that is available to parents, and we need to encourage parents to take advantage of it, and to know how to filter through information that will be applicable to their family and home life. CA H&V is one incredible group that strives to do just that.
I tell new families that I meet: "Whatever expectations, hopes, and dreams you had for your child before they were born/identified, should not change. If you put the barrier there, it will just make it harder."
~ Deaf Adult - Profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears