Partners in the FL3
H&V strives to bring together organizations and groups of differing views to work collectively on issues and topics that pertain to families with deaf and hard of hearing children. Hands & Voices is joined in this project by the National Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) and the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet, as well as several other pre-existing collaborators and partners.
NCHAM serves as the National Technical Resource Center for the implementation and improvement of comprehensive and effective Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) systems. As a multidisciplinary Center, their goal 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.
Web Site: http://www.infanthearing.org/
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet
The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University provides information, training, and technical assistance for parents and professionals to meet the needs of deaf and hard of hearing children. The work of the Clerc Center is guided by the Education of the Deaf Act, which sets forth our mission: To raise the achievement of deaf and hard of hearing students ages birth-21 nationwide by supporting the families and professionals who work with these students. This support is in turn guided by public input gathered from educators, professionals, and families working with deaf and hard of hearing children.
HRSA Maternal and Child Health
HRSA’s Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program enables states, territories, families, and providers to develop complete and coordinated systems of care so that newborns, infants and young children who are deaf or hard of hearing are identified and get the care they need when they need it. Early involvement can help these children meet age-appropriate language, social, and other developmental milestones.
Across the U.S. and its territories, they support efforts to:
- Develop early hearing detection and intervention systems.
- Recruit, educate, and train staff and health care providers with current knowledge, evidence-based practices, and EHDI system goals.
- Establish and foster family-to-family support that is important after a child has been identified as deaf or hard of hearing.