Learning about Hearing Loss:
BEGINNINGS for Parents of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing is a non-profit that helps parents and families understand hearing loss, and the diverse needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) offers brief, but detailed fact sheets on Hearing Impairments, including Deafness. Each fact sheet defines the disability, describes its characteristics, offers tips for parents and teachers, and connects you with related information and organizations with special expertise.
Local resources for families:
The Early Hearing Detection and Intervention website is a comprehensive look into newborn screening, why follow up appointments with your audiologist are important, and how to care for your deaf or hard of hearing child. Resources are offered and questions answered for parents with a new diagnosis for their child.
Or find them on facebook: Utah EHDI Family Support and Information. This Facebook page is a great local resource designed specifically for parents. The page offers parent to parent support, resources for families, and information on local activities. The page is run by the Parent to Parent consultants from the EHDI team, who also host a monthly webinar.
Their mission is to provide high quality direct and indirect education services to children with sensory impairments birth through 21 years of age and their families in Utah. They offer a range of supports for families. They also provide early intervention services through their Parent Infant Program (PIP) and Deaf Mentor services.
The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is a non-profit whose major goal is advancing Listening and Spoken Language for Individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing! Through advocacy, education, research and financial aid, AG Bell helps to ensure that every child and adult with hearing loss has the opportunity to listen, talk and thrive in mainstream society.
The division of services for the deaf and hard of hearing provides opportunities and programs to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing which enhance or maintain the skills necessary to fully participate in their employment, family and community.
Learn about Communication Options:
If you live in the state of Utah and have a deaf or hard of hearing child that is 3 or younger you can recieve this American Sign Language curriculum for free through the Utah EHDI website (see above)
The national AG Bell association works globally to ensure that people who are deaf and hard of hearing can hear and talk.