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Birth - Preschool
If you are new to the world of raising/educating a Deaf/Hard of Hearing child, or even just in a new stage of their life, you have come to the right place! Texas Hands & Voices has many resources to share with you! Please take a look at the links on our website and also consider requesting a Guide By Your Side Guide to help you on your journey! It is free!
Texas Specific links
Texas Hands & Voices GBYS has created an online document for Texas. We will be updating this as links change and new resources come available.
Don’t print this document - Click it! You will find many links to helpful websites and printable documents that explain services available for families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing as well as information about educational and communication opportunities.
Let us be your guide!
Early Childhood Intervention - ECI is a statewide program for families with children, birth to three, with disabilities and developmental delays. ECI supports families to help their children reach their potential through developmental services. Services are provided by a variety of local agencies and organizations across Texas.
Texas Connect **- The Texas Connect materials are designed as a resource for families of infants and young children who are deaf or hard of hearing and as tools for early intervention service providers who work with families.
Texas Department of State Health Services** - Our purpose is to ensure all children who are born with hearing loss or deafness are identified early and provided appropriate intervention services needed to prevent delays in communication and cognitive skill development.
Texas Education Agency (TEA) Deaf Services- The mission of the Texas Education Agency is to provide leadership, guidance, and resources to help schools meet the educational needs of all students. Under Deaf Services you can find additional information and links to help you navigate the early years of your child with a hearing loss.
Educational Resource Center on Deafness - Making it easier to find information and resources about educating deaf and hard of hearing children in Texas.
Links from H&V Headquarters
The Hands & Voices Communicator is a U.S./international newspaper that has many articles that are relevant for families raising children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Stories of families who have ‘been there’ and also information that is helpful to both families and professionals. Members of Texas Hands & Voices will receive the Communicator quarterly!
Here is a sampling of articles from the Hands & Voices Communicator:
- Early Identification and Intervention: The Journey Starts Here
- From the Heart: Impact of Newborn Hearing Screening on Outcomes for Children and Families
- Top Ten Ways you Know you Have a Child who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing
- One Family’s Journey: Uncommon Gratitude
CHECKLISTS FOR PRESCHOOL PLACEMENT
Parents can use one or both of these checklists as they visit preschool programs when their child is preparing to "graduate" from their early intervention program and enter preschool.
Communication Considerations - “if I’m a hearing person,how do I even know what I don’t know about raising and educating a child who is deaf (or hard of hearing)?” At Hands & Voices, we think that’s a very good question, and the answers are complex and evolving. So we’ve attempted to shed some light through a series called “Communication Considerations.”
Hands & Voices- is a nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families and their children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as the professionals who serve them. We are a parent-driven, parent/professional collaborative group that is unbiased towards communication modes and methods. Our diverse membership includes those who are deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing impaired and their families who communicate orally, with signs, cue, and/or combined methods. We exist to help our children reach their highest potential.
National Center for Hearing Assesment and Management (NCHAM)-The goal of NCHAM - pronounced "en-cham" at Utah State University is to ensure that all infants and toddlers with hearing loss are identified as early as possible and provided with timely and appropriate audiological, educational, and medical intervention.
- Learning about hearing loss - a roadmap for families
- Just in Time - Hearing related resources for families
- Communicate with your child brochure - in 6 languages!
Part C of the IDEA: What You Need to Know - IDEA - Individuals with Disablities Eduation Act is the Law that insures that children with a hearing loss will recieve services. If you child is Birth to 5 years old Part C is the section that they fall under. Have questions about how your child with a hearing loss is eligible for services. Read this article by Janet DesGeorge, Hands & Voices.
BEGINNINGS of North Carolina is a non-profit agency providing an impartial approach to meeting the diverse needs of families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing and the professionals who serve them. BEGINNINGS’ staff members provide valuable technical information, emotional support, resources and referrals to parents and professionals. Services are free to parents in the state of North Carolina.
My Babies Hearing - Babyhearing.org is brought to you by a team of professionals at Boys Town National Research Hospital. We are: Audiologists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Teachers of the Deaf, Geneticists, Doctors and Parents of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children.
A Parent's Guide to Hearing Loss- Choices avalible for families with children that have a hearing loss. This was developed through the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention).