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August 2017 EI&R News!

Early Identification and Referral

August 2017 EI&R News!

Early Identification and Referral

This page was last updated on Nov 17, 2017 at 11:58 am

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Hello Everyone!

I can hardly believe it’s ALREADY August!  Here’s a quick update from the Early Identification and Referral initiative . . .

1) Have you ever considered collaborating with nurse training programs in your state to help boost child find? This spring, NCDB had the privilege of working with Lyn Ayer (Oregon Deaf-Blind Project Director) to create an assignment about CVI to include in a nurse practitioner training program in Oregon. We hope you will check it out and consider working with the nursing programs in your state to help identify newborns.

2) Peer-to-Peer Discussion Groups are launching on August 23!  We are thrilled to announce that 12 state deaf-blind projects have signed up for the peer-to-peer discussion groups that NCDB will host this Fall.  Intended outcomes:

  1. Each state deaf-blind project will have a clearly defined action plan (based on the Self-Assessment Guide and Action Planning Process)

  2. Each state deaf-blind project will be able to implement suggested strategies from peer-to-peer support

  3. Each state deaf-blind project will gain knowledge regarding information in the early intervention framework (The Sooner the Better: A Framework for Training Early Intervention Practitioners on Deaf-Blindness) and how to tailor it to meet needs in their state

  4. Part C providers and families of infants and toddlers will gain knowledge and skills of early intervention strategies

  5. There will be a boost in the number of infants and toddlers identified and referred to each state deaf-blind project

    As these groups learn together, we will share their outcomes via our monthly initiative updates, so stay tuned!!!

3) As you think about additional ways to connect with agencies and providers in your state to boost child find, you may find the following sites helpful:

a) The "State" of Early Hearing Detection & Intervention in the United States (NCHAM)

This site has information about the EHDI system in each state (contact info, legislation, resources for parents, etc.) that is likely to be useful to state projects that aren’t very familiar with how the system works in their state.

b) EHDI-PALS

This is a site where you can search for pediatric audiology services in your area.

c) Parent Technical Assistance Centers

This page tells you where you can find your local parent center.

d) State Part C Coordinators (ECTA Center)

This site tells you where you can find Part C program contact info for your state.


Wishing everyone a great remainder of the Summer!


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