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

October

  • Fri, Oct 5 - Sat, Oct 6, 2018, Outside the Box Annual Conference 2018
    by Delaware Statewide Programs Association at DoubleTree Downtown Wilmington. Learn from local and national presenters alongside parents and school professionals of children who are Deaf-Blind, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Blind and Visually Impaired, and who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/outside-the-box-annual-conference-parent-registration-registration-48931509462?aff=ebapi
  • Chapter meeting and Learning Community Meeting October 30, 6PM at TLK in Peoples Plaza in Glasgow and at the Georgetown Public Library, 123 West Pine Street, Georgetown, DE  19947.  The Learning Community Meeting will start at 6:30, right after the chapter meeting, and will feature a panel of experts discussing risk factors for late onset (not at birth) hearing loss in children. 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  

November

  • Hayride! We will pick pumpkins and have a potluck dinner with a bonfire after the duck tour. Sunday, November 4, 3-8pm at Coleman’s Tree Farm in Middletown. This is a free event for families with deaf and hard of hearing children and the professionals who work with them. We will have an ASL interpreter. Registration is required and can be done at our site or by calling, texting, or emailing Angie at 302-383-9890, prestonandangie@yahoo.com.
  • Chapter Meeting November 27, 6PM at TLK in Peoples Plaza in Glasgow and at the Georgetown Public Library, 123 West Pine Street, Georgetown, DE  19947.  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  

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