Why are tutoring and mentoring important? Because statistics show that:

"Deaf high school students typically graduate with a fourth grade reading level, which is below the level required for literacy i.e. 6th to 8th grade reading levels." (Mayberry, 2002).

"Deaf children are more than twice as likely to experience physical and sexual abuse compared to their hearing peers." (Gulati, 2003).

"Deaf children who cannot make themselves understood within their family are four times more likely to have mental health disorders and more likely to suffer mistreatment at school than deaf children who can communicate with their family members." (HealthDay, 2012).


HealthDay. (2012, March 16). Deaf people have more mental health problems, less access to care. U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved from

Mayberry, R. I. (2002). Cognitive development in deaf children: The interface of language and perception in neuropsychology. Handbook of Neuropsychology (2nd Edition), 8(2), 71-107.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). (2010). Quick statistics. Retrieved on November 9, 2013, from

Scheetz, N.A. (2012). Deaf education in the 21st century: Topics and trends. New York: Pearson.

Counseling Resources

Georgia Dept. of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities -

G.R.E.A.T. D.A.Y. Mental Health Resources for the Deaf Community -

Health Resources

Deaf MD -

Education & Advocacy Resources

American Society for Deaf Children -

Georgia Association of the Deaf -

Georgia Advocacy Office -

Georgia Council for the Hearing Impaired -

Atlanta Area School for the Deaf -

Georgia School for the Deaf - http//

National Deaf Academy -

Gallaudet University -

National Association for the Deaf -

National Technical Institute for the Deaf -