Local Delaware Resources

Delaware office for the Deaf and hard of hearing - a lot of information on interpreter services, assistive technology resources, and events. Contact Loretta Sarro  (if you are looking for information, to connect with Psychologist, Counselors who can sign)

Center for Childhood Communication (Pediatric Audiology located at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia)

Child Development Watch- Delaware's early intervention program for children aged birth to 3 years.  CDW helps families create an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) to outline all of the supports, goals, and services for their child.  When a child turns 3 the IFSP transitions to the IEP which details services and goals for the child with the local school district.

Choices Delaware- A Delaware group dedicated to promoting Listening and Spoken Language programs for deaf and hard of hearing children in Delaware public school programs.

Christina Early Education Program Listening and Spoken Language Preschool Program- A branded AG Bell Listening and Spoken Language preschool program in the Christina School District (Newark).  Clarke School in Pennsylvania has been contracted to consult for this program.

Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, Philadelphia Campus- Private school program in Pennsylvania employing the AG Bell Listening and Spoken Language method. 

Continuum of Educational Options- Delaware

Communication Discussion Document for Delaware IEPs- Questions which must be answered before an IEP can be developed for a deaf or hard of hearing student.  If your child's IEP does not contain this document, print it, fill it out, and bring it to your next IEP meeting.  This is a fairly new document, and not all educational diagnosticians appear to be familiar with it yet.  Know your rights!

Delaware Code Regarding Hearing Aid Insurance Coverage- $1000 per hearing aid per ear every 3 years for children under 24 years of age and covered on the policy as a dependent.

Delaware Department of Education

Delaware Families for Hands & Voices Newsletter Archives- Terrific articles concerning raising deaf and hard of hearing children in Delaware.  Contact us to subscribe today!

Delaware Family Voices- An awesome group of parents offering support for families with special needs children in Delaware, including but not limited to hearing loss.  If your child is "Deaf Plus," you should make an effort to get to know this group.

Delaware Healthy Children Program for Delaware's Uninsured Children- Low cost health insurance for uninsured children

Delaware Newborn Hearing Aid Loaner Bank Program- The state maintains a small supply of donated hearing aids for loan to newly diagnosed infants who are experiencing a delay in acquiring their own hearing aids.

Delaware Newborn Hearing Screening Program (EHDI)- Almost every baby in Delaware should now be getting their first hearing check before they are even 2 days old!  Most deaf and hard of hearing babies are born to hearing parents, many with no family history of deafness.  The American Academy of Pediatrics advocates 1-3-6, all infants screened for hearing loss by 1 month of age, then infants with hearing loss diagnosed by 3 months of age and enrolled in early intervention programs by 6 months of age.  

Delaware Relay- Telephone relay service for the deaf

Delaware School for the Deaf

Delaware Statewide Programs for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind

Department of Education Newborn Children with Hearing Loss Resources- A Delaware resource guide from the Delaware Department of Education for parents with children with hearing loss.

Dogs: Canine Partners for Life Hearing Service Dogs

GACEC Advisory Committee on the Education of Individuals with Hearing Loss- Committee under the Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens (GACEC).

Hearing Loss Association of America, Delaware Chapter

Guide By Your Side- Hands & Voices program offering trained parent guides for families

Medicaid: Children's Community Alternative Disability Program- Medicaid for severely disabled children.  Deafness alone does not qualify a child for this program, instead see Delaware Healthy Children Program for Delaware's Uninsured Children above.

Nemours Audiology and Hearing Department (Pediatric Audiology located at the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children)

Parent Information Center of Delaware- Resource center for advancing effective parent engagement in education.

Practice Without Pressure- Helping people with disabilities receive medical, dental, and personal care with dignity and respect.  This is a great resource if your child has been turned away from medical or dental offices due to issues arising from his or her disability.  There are providers out there who want to help!

Upcoming Events

July

  • Chapter meeting and Learning Community Meeting July 31, 6PM at TLK in Peoples Plaza in Glasgow.  If you can’t make it in person, you can join us on Zoom for the chapter meeting. Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/220532761. By phone, dial (669)900-6833, Meeting ID: 220 532 761  The Learning Community meeting this evening will be in person only at TLK, 6:30-8pm, and pre-registration is required. The topic will be Medical Home and Care Notebooks. Please RSVP to Ann Phillips at Delaware Family Voices at annp@defv.org or 302-669-3030 by Thursday, July 26.

August

  • Learning Community meeting Wednesday, August 1, 6:00-7:30pm, in person only at Sussex County Health Coalition, 21133 Sterling Ave, Suite 12, Georgetown, DE 19947. Pre-registration is required. The topic will be Medical Home and Care Notebooks. Please RSVP to Ann Phillips at Delaware Family Voices at annp@defv.org or 302-669-3030 by Thursday, July 26. 
  • Summer Play and Meet on Saturday, August 4, 1-2pm with Rainiera. Informal meeting, the kids can play and the parents can meet our guides at Twisted Frozen Yogurt, 482 E Main St, Middletown, Delaware 19709.
  • Summer Play and Meet on Tuesday, August 14, 10:30am with Naomi. Informal meeting, the kids can play and the parents can meet our guides. Chic-fil-a, 4044 S Dupont Hwy, Camden, DE.
  • Summer Play and Meet on Thursday, August 16, 10am with Cat. Informal meeting, the kids can play and the parents can meet our guides at Delaware Museum of Natural History, 4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, Delaware 19807.  Admission to the Museum is only $3 all day on Thursdays in August.
  • There is no chapter meeting in August.

September

  • Saturday, September 22, 3rd Annual 5K for Language Access, Delaware School for the Deaf. 
  • Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children Audiology Department 5th  Annual Audiology Conference for professionals serving children with hearing disorders, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. More information and registration
  • Chapter meeting September 25, 6PM at TLK in Peoples Plaza in Glasgow and at the Georgetown Public Library, 123 West Pine Street
    Georgetown, DE  19947.  This is the first meeting we will be hosting at two sites for your convenience, with everyone linked by video conference. If you can’t make it in person to either venue, you can still join us on Zoom. Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/220532761. By phone, dial (669)900-6833, Meeting ID: 220 532 761

Additional Workshops are always available, hosted all over the state by Parent Information Center of Delaware! Check out their calendar here.