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Family Camp in California for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and Their Families

By Cheryl Heppner, 4/26/2012

Thanks to the Consortium for Communication Access via Captioning (CCAC) we learned about the DHH Family Camp (Camp Marston) in San Diego, California.  It’s a place where families with deaf or hard of hearing children get together to play and learn from each other.
There’s a YouTube video approximately 2 ½ minutes long that is captioned.  In this video, parent Melanie Doyle talks about her son, who was going to a school where he was the only child with hearing loss.  She shares her realization that he needed a network of support from others – and that she needed one from other parents as well.
Joan Denney, who used free captioning software for the video from Overstream (,
told me that some of the teenagers at the camp did a lot of interviews with each other and with the parents.  Joan is the mother of a deaf child, and she hopes to release a longer version of the video soon.  She and her daughter have attended the camp for 12 years, and this year her daughter will be a counselor there.
Here’s the video of the DHH Family Camp: