Friday, July 28          8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday, July 29      8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday, July 30        8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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Ramada Tropics Resort & Conference Center
5000 Merle Hay Rd
Training Room A/B
Des Moines, IA 50322

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ASK Resource Center

Deaf Mentor Training

Deaf or hard of hearing adults are encouraged to sign up for this FREE three-day workshop to become trained as a Deaf Mentor! This exciting new program is being developed in Iowa by ASK Resource Center (ASK) as part of our Family to Family Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Project.

Registration is now closed 
We will hold another Deaf Mentor Training in Iowa before the end of the year;
email Ashley Gill to be added to the waiting list.

Register Now!

Friday, July 28 - Sunday, July 30
Starts at 8:30 am each day
Ramada Tropics Conference Center, Salon A/B
Des Moines, IA 50322
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A Deaf Mentor is a deaf or hard of hearing adult that assists families in creating a supportive home environment for young children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Deaf Mentors provide help on a volunteer basis and receive stipends from ASK for their time and travel once they are accepted to the program. Deaf Mentors make regular visits to the home to interact with children who are deaf or hard of hearing, and their family members, using American Sign Language (ASL) and other types of communication supports available. Deaf Mentors also help the family understand and appreciate deafness and deaf culture. Deaf Mentors help enable the child to learn both ASL and English, as well as through other modes of communication, and to be exposed to both "hearing" and "deaf" cultures. To learn more about what a Deaf Mentor is and does, read the Deaf Mentor Job Description.

This three-day training workshop is provided at no cost and each participant will receive a free copy of the Deaf Mentor Training Curriculum.

  • Light breakfast and lunch provided each day.
  • View the detailed Training Agenda; participants are required to attend the full training in order to be considered for the Deaf Mentor program.
  • Training is led by members of the Deaf Mentor National Training Team.
  • Mileage and lodging stipends are available and will be paid via reimbursement check after attending the full training. Funding is limited, so please only request what is absolutely needed in order to attend the training.
LODGING     Group rate discount ends July 17!

If you are traveling from out of town, reserve your room at the Ramada Tropics Resort by Monday, July 17 to receive the group rate of $152.00 per night. Reservations can be made at www.ramadatropicsresort.com or by calling (515) 278-0271; access the group rate using "Ask Resource - Deaf Mentor."