Hands & Voices FL3 Project
About the FL3 Project
On April 1st, Hands & Voices entered into a three year cooperative agreement with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to support the development of statewide newborn and infant hearing screening, evaluation, diagnosis, and intervention (EHDI) programs and systems by promoting the inclusion of families, parents and caregivers of deaf or hard of hearing infants/children identified through the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program as leaders in their statewide EHDI system.
This new program is called Family Leadership in Language and Learning (FL3) and its goal is to ensure that United States subsidized EHDI systems incorporate certain elements that support the families, parents and caregivers of deaf or hard of hearing infants/children identified through newborn hearing screening in optimizing language, literacy, and social-emotional development.
Several activities have been proposed and will be developed over the course of the project. A highlight of some of these include:
Activities for Families & Family-based Support Organizations
Activities for EHDI Coordinators
Activities for Professionals in the Field
An Interview: The importance of families connecting with Deaf/Hard of Hearing Adults with Janet DesGeorges and Karen Putz
Co-Production of Services: Family/Professional Partnerships in EHDI Systems (Webinar from July 26th, 2017)
Fostering Family Engagement and Leadership in EHDI Systems: explores parent/professional partnerships and family engagement in EHDI systems with a direct focus to family leaders. (Webinar from August 31st, 2017)
“This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UJ1MC30748-01-00 for Family Leadership In Language And Learning for $1,500,000.00. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.”