Information for providers and medical professionals who support a child who is deaf or hard of hearing.
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What pregnant mothers and their families should know about the newborn hearing screening and childhood hearing loss.
What is the newborn hearing screening process in Maine?
Why is this support important and how can I refer families?
What do patients need to know about their medical home?
How can I prepare families for their child's audiology visits?
Why is Early Intervention important and how can I refer families?
How is Maine ensuring that children who are deaf or hard of hearing are ready for kindergarten?
What are the laws impacting children who are deaf or hard of hearing? Access considerations for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
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Learn about Maine-based organizations that support families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
The Child Development Services system is an Intermediate Educational Unit that provides both Early Intervention (birth through two years) and Free Appropriate Public Education (for ages three through five years) under the supervision of the Maine Department of Education. The CDS system ensures the provision of special education rules, federal and state regulations statewide, through a network of regional sites.
In collaboration with families and professionals throughout Maine, we provide transformative learning, language-focused education, and opportunities for social-emotional growth, empowering Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals birth to 22 to reach their full potential.
The Maine Newborn Hearing Program (MNHP) is part of the Maine CDC, Department of Health and Human Services. The MNHP coordinates newborn hearing screening programs and follow-up of infants with hearing loss.
Educating, empowering, and supporting Maine’s diverse families, children, and youth, especially those with disabilities, special healthcare needs, or other challenges, ages birth to 26, and the professionals who serve them, to ensure effective services and successful outcomes.
We are a collaborative system that enables infants, children, and youth who are deafblind to participate meaningfully in their homes, schools, and communities. We provide free services in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Counseling and Case Management Services are provided by mental health clinicians and case managers who are skilled in American Sign Language (ASL), Cued Speech, Sign Exact English, Spoken English, and familiar with Deaf culture. The team has been trained in various Evidenced based treatment with culture sensitivity. Our staff is aware of the unique needs of members of the Deaf and hard of hearing community, and the diversity that exists within that community. Additional services is provided such as training, education, and consultation to providers, organization, and families around child development, advocacy, accessibility, mental health, and culture.
The mission of the Percival P. Baxter Foundation for Maine's Deaf and Hard of Hearing children is to benefit, support and enhance programs and services for children with hearing loss in Maine, their families, and provide professional development training for the professionals with whom they work.
Maine Hands & Voices is dedicated to supporting families with children who are Deaf or hard of hearing without bias around communication opportunities, agencies they work with or services their children receive. We are a parent-driven and led non-profit organization providing families with the resources, networks, and information they need to improve communication access and educational outcomes for their children. Our outreach activities, parent/professional collaboration, and advocacy efforts are focused on enabling Deaf and hard of hearing children to reach their highest potential.
Learn about organizations across the country that support families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Learn about financial assistance for families that support children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
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