Below are resources that we have accumulated over years of working with families and professionals. This is a living list; we regularly add to it. We hope you find this a good starting point for obtaining help and support.
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Resources
- Alexander Graham Bell Organization. Here at AG Bell we are working globally to ensure that people who are deaf and hard of hearing can hear and speak. We are here to provide support, information, resources and more to help guide you on your journey. We want all families to be informed and supported, professionals to be appropriately qualified to teach and help children with hearing loss, public policy leaders to effectively address the needs of people with hearing loss, and communities to be empowered to help their neighbors with hearing loss succeed. Whether you are a parent who has just learned that your child has hearing loss, or you are a young person with hearing loss yourself, there are many others in our community like you.
- American Society for Deaf Children. Since 1967, ASDC has been supporting parents of children who are deaf and hard of hearing. We believe that deafness is not a disability, but language deprivation is. That’s why it’s our mission to ensure that every deaf child can learn sign language from the very start.
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)-EHDI Advocacy Page. ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 166,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students. This page contains state, federal and national resources to assist in advocacy efforts for Early, Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI).
- ASL (American Sign Language) Community Classes are held for the community at Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind for individuals interested in learning American Sign Language (ASL) basics. The classes are held in eight week sessions, three times a year: fall, winter and spring. Each session meets once a week in the evening.
- ASL (American Sign Language) Courses with Start ASL. After over a decade of being unable to find a comprehensive way to learn American Sign Language online, the Start ASL team created a full curriculum that includes everything you need to learn the language completely and with total flexibility.
- ASL Directory of Stories makes it easy for you to find hundreds of free videos of ASL retellings of your child’s or student’s favorite books. Research shows that reading and signing stories together helps promote essential literacy skills for ALL children: deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing. Use the ASL Stories Directory to quickly find stories by age or by the book’s title.
- Baby Beats App for EI. Advanced Bionics are pleased to announce that the BabyBeats™ early intervention resource is now available as an app In the App Store and Google Play
- CDC Hearing Loss for Children. Hearing loss can affect a child’s ability to develop communication, language, and social skills. The earlier children with hearing loss start getting services, the more likely they are to reach their full potential. If you are a parent and you suspect your child has hearing loss, trust your instincts and speak with your child’s doctor. Don’t wait!
- Colorado Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (COEHDI) system is a joint effort between the Colorado Commission for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind (CCDHHDB) and Early Intervention (EI) Colorado under the Office of Early Childhood. It envisions the COEHDI system as having five distinct components requiring special focus.
- Colorado Hands and Voices is dedicated to supporting families with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing without a bias around communication modes or methodology. We’re a parent-driven, non-profit organization providing families with the resources, networks, and information they need to improve communication access and educational outcomes for their children. Our outreach activities, parent/professional collaboration, and advocacy efforts are focused on enabling Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing children to reach their highest potential.
- Colorado Home Intervention Program (CHIP) is a collaborative model of early intervention services, is designed specifically to provide services for families who have children who are Deaf and hard of hearing, ages birth to three years old. This family-centered program includes collaboration with the local Community Centered Boards (CCBs) to meet the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) needs and goals through visits from a parent facilitator who work for the CCBs.
- Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind (CSDB) is a Preschool-12th grade residential school with post high school education, located just east of downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado. The school serves more than 700 students and their families on campus and statewide who are deaf, blind, or both. CSDB also provides outreach services to support students, families, and school districts throughout Colorado and coordinates the Colorado Home Intervention Program (CHIP) that serves deaf and hard of hearing students from birth to three years old within their home.
- Colorado Shared Reading Project is a free, weekly program through Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind for children birth through 8 years old who are deaf or hard of hearing to help families learn to sign popular children’s books in order to increase literacy and communication skills which can be provided in-person or virtually.
- Connecting Families of Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Plus is a pamphlet created by the EHDI Parent to Parent Committee in an effort to connect families of children who are Deaf or hard of hearing plus.
- Ear Community is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that offers a warm and supportive community for individuals who were born with Microtia (missing or underdeveloped ears) and Atresia (absent or underdeveloped ear canals resulting in hearing loss). Our organization also helps individuals who have Craniofacial Microsomia, and Goldenhar Syndrome.
- The Early Hearing Detection and Intervention, National Technical Resource Center (EHDI NTRC) is serviced through the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) at Utah State University and is funded by Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The purpose of the EHDI NTRC is to provide support to EHDI programs in states and territories also funded by HRSA. The EHDI NTRC helps EHDI programs ensure that children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) are identified through newborn, infant, and early childhood hearing screening and receive the diagnostic and early intervention services they need.
- The Early Hearing Detection and Intervention, Pediatric Audiology Links to Services (EHDI PALS) is a web-based searchable national directory. It helps families, healthcare professionals, and state public health organizations to find pediatric audiology expertise for children ages birth to five. The website provides information about childhood hearing to support families and professionals through the process of screening, diagnosis, and intervention. This site links you to information, resources, and services for children with hearing loss. At the heart of EHDI-PALS is a national web-based directory of facilities that offer pediatric audiology services to young children who are younger than five years of age.
- Family Voices is a family-led organization with chapters in every state that connect families to peer support, including under served populations along with providing information, education, training, support and referral services.
- Fingerspelling.xyz is a web-based app that helps people improve their ASL, American Sign Language, finger-spelling.
- Gallaudet University. Offers family supports to early language and early intervention for babies who are DHH, provides strategies on how to read to children who are DHH, produces “Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education”, theme-based magazine focusing on best practices in educating DHH children.
- Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH) The Committee’s primary activity has been publication of position statements summarizing the state of the science and art in infant hearing, and recommending the preferred practice in early identification and appropriate intervention of newborns and infants at risk for or with hearing loss.
- Listen Foundation provides for and assists children who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families, with access to a proven speech, language, and listening therapy method to help them achieve a life of independence. This method is called Listening and Spoken Language Therapy, or LSL.
- Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. In collaboration with families and professionals throughout Maine, we provide transformative learning, language-focused education, and opportunities for social-emotional growth, empowering Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals birth to 22 to reach their full potential.
- My Baby’s Hearing. Everything you need to know about parenting a child who is deaf or hard of hearing. Learn about newborn hearing tests and early childhood intervention. Developed by Boys Town National Research Hospital. Answers questions about infant hearing screening and follow up testing, hearing devices, language & speech, and parenting issues.
- National Cued Speech Association. Provides resources for using cued speech – a visual mode of communication in which mouth movements of speech combine with “cues” to make the sounds (phonemes) of traditional spoken languages look different, offers links to special cued speech instructors, focuses on the role of cued speech in promoting language and literacy.
- National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), conducts and supports research in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech,and language. This page contains information about hearing loss, hearing screening, ear infections, communication methods and devices, and prevention of hearing loss.
- Parent’s Guide to Hearing Loss. Information from the CDC featuring programs and services about understanding hearing loss and how hearing is tested; finding professionals with expertise in serving babies with hearing loss; fitting a baby with a hearing device, and family support groups. Find national organizations and state contacts.
- Tracking Listening Children monitoring programme is a resources developed to help parents. This tracking tool is designed to highlight the major milestones in the development of spoken communication from diagnosis through to four years of age and beyond. This comprehensive programme outlines the steps a child will take on his way to reaching his full potential in spoken language. TLC is a checklist of progressive skills along the path to developing spoken communication .
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