Resources

Here are links to other websites and opportunities that may be of interest to parents of D/HH children, our members, and deaf educators:

Start Here for Newly Diagnosed Children with Hearing Differences:

  1. A video exploring deaf and hard-of-hearing resources is linked here. It highlights the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NCDHH), Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI), Medicaid, Nebraska Hands & Voices, Guide By Your Side, Nebraska Regional Programs, Early Development Network (EDN), and additional resources. 
  2. A Resources Handbook is available to all parents, and it includes a wealth of information regarding resources available to children who are deaf and hard of hearing and the families who raise and support them.

Then, check out the following resources as time allows:

Hands & Voices

Iowa School for the Deaf (ISD) – Join ISD Sports

National CMV Foundation seeks to help prevent congenital CMV infection, which is linked to hearing loss and disability in 10% of newborns whose mothers tested positive for recurring CMV.

Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NCDHH)

Nebraska Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI)

NCHAM (infanthearing.org)

Nebraska Regional Programs for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

The Hands & Voices Virtual Waiting Room –

A new resource is available for families….Welcome to the Hands & Voices HQ Virtual Waiting Room.  This site was created for families with children who have been referred to or are in the care of an audiologist and who are receiving those services through technology or “telehealth.”  Much of this information is useful for families who are preparing for onsite visits. Instead of sitting in an actual waiting room at a clinic, some families are in homes or a remote location include waiting to connect with an audiologist through the internet.  This connection provides potentially a safer and more convenient way to get important and quality services.  What families may lack, however, is some of the information and resources that often are built into an in-person waiting room experience.  And that is what H&V has recreated here:  unbiased information, resources, and connections for families as they embark or continue the journey with their child.  Parents, please spend some time, look around, grab a cup of coffee or tea and explore all that is possible for your child and family. Professionals, please share this new resource with the families you serve and consider adding the link to your website!
 
What Parents Will Find:
  • A video about the importance of next steps when your child is referred for more testing after a hearing screening
  • A guidebook for parents about audiology and telehealth
  • Information about tele-audiology options
  • Questions to ask your audiologist, understanding your child’s audiogram, help making decisions with communication and more
  • Connections to family-to-family support from trained parent leaders
  • Explanations of help offered by a variety of professionals in addition to your child’s audiologist
  • Resources to promote health and well-being for you and your child
  • A link to email a Hands & Voices trained parent who can answer your questions and direct you to additional resources

Funding Toolkit

College Advice for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center of Gallaudet University provides links to online learning modules for educators as well as “Info-to-Go” resources for anyone interested in supporting students who are D/HH.  It is a compendium of information on the history and approaches of deaf education over the last 200 years, legislation outlining the rights of those who are D/HH, and resources for families advocating for kiddos who are D/HH.

The UNL Barkley Speech Language and Hearing Clinic has provided our families who live in the central and western part of the state another option for audiological testing at various ESUs in that area. Sara Peterson is a Deaf Educator who will be working with you; she is great with babies and parents.  The information is immediately sent into UNL who processes the information. This is a great opportunity which targets birth-to-three year olds who are referred by way of the newborn hearing screen test.  See the flier for more details. Please see its pdf: https://www.dropbox.com/s/dyutrfoa8xzpvj3/Barkley_Tele-Audiology.pdf?dl=0.

National Hands & Voices Resources

Engaging in Your Child’s Education at Home, a tips sheet

Now more than ever, parents need practical tips for supporting their
child’s learning at home. Hands & Voices has responded by creating a
Parent Tips Sheet “Engaging in Your Child’s Education at Home.” This tool can also be found on the H&V COVID-19 page and the ASTra Educational Advocacy website.