Overlooked and unheard: Abuse of children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their experience with CPS and foster care

Author(s) Lomas, Gabriel I. and Harold A. Johnson
Title Overlooked and unheard: abuse of children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their experience with CPS and foster care
Source The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families,2012, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp376-383
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary This article examines the barriers deaf/hard of hearing (d/hh) children face in identifying and disclosing abuse in school-based environments and child welfare situations. The author suggests that the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act address audiological, linguistic and educational needs of children who are deaf/hard of hearing, but they do not provide essential information to carers and professionals about the increased risk of abuse these children face. The provision of appropriate child protection support is dependent upon timely and effective reporting of suspected cases of abuse. The challenges for investigators responding to reports are also discussed, including communication problems and finding appropriate counsellors to provide appropriate psychological support. A case study is provided to illustrate the communication barriers and prevention and intervention difficulties. The author concludes by suggesting education on risk factors, prevention, and intervention, with marriage and family counsellors is an important first step in supporting these children.
Keywords Disability; deaf; hard of hearing; children; disclosure; child abuse
Topic Disability