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Disclaimer: The following list of Web links is not exhaustive, but a place to begin for those interested in learning more about early hearing detection and intervention programs, hearing loss, and family support. Each Web site below provides additional resources.

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ASK Family Resource Center  This item links to an outside page

ASK stands for "Access for Special Kids." The ASK Family Resource Center is a "one-stop-shop" for children and adults with disabilities and their families. Through its member organizations, the Center provides a broad range of information, advocacy, support, training, and direct services.

Center for Disabilities and Development  This item links to an outside page

CDD is a resource for people of all ages in who have disabilities of all kinds. It hosts a disability resource library free to people with disabilities and their families.

Center for Congenital and Inherited Disorders  This item links to an outside page

The Center for Genetics, in partnership with the University of Iowa and health care providers throughout the state, has developed programs that are designed to address all steps of the life cycle: prenatal, neonatal, pediatric, and adult. The mission is to advance the health and well being of children and adults with genetics conditions and special health care needs in partnership with families, health and human service providers and communities.

Child Health Specialty Clinics  This item links to an outside page

CHSC is a public health program whose mission is to improve the health, development and well-being of children and youth with special health care needs. CHSC works in partnership with families, service providers, communities, and policymakers.

Deaf Action Center  This item links to an outside page

DAC is a private, non-profit agency governed by deaf consumers, and dedicated to providing services in the deaf and hearing communities. Some services include oral interpreting, sign language instruction, TTYs and assistive devices, and advocacy workshops.

Deaf Services Commission of Iowa  This item links to an outside page

Deaf Services Commission of Iowa (DSCI) is located within the Iowa Department of Human Rights and was established to serve, represent and promote a greater understanding of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals, from infancy through adulthood, in the state of Iowa.

Deaf Services Unlimited  This item links to an outside page

Deaf Services Unlimited is an organization committed to providing individuals, businesses, and agencies with a comprehensive range of quality communication services including sign language interpreting and captioning.

Early ACCESS Iowa  This item links to an outside page

Early ACCESS Iowa is the central point of contact and directory for Early ACCESS (Iowa's early intervention services provider) and the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program. Early ACCESS Iowa can assist families and professionals in finding local providers of hearing screenings, diagnostic assessments, and early intervention services for children.

Early Childhood Iowa  This item links to an outside page

This Web site was created to provide FREE objective, medically accurate early care, health, and education information for families in Iowa. Browse their database for great resources or take a look at the Early Childhood A to Z section for topics

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program  This item links to an outside page

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Child Health Specialty Clinics (CHSC) and other partners work together to ensure that all babies in Iowa have their hearing screened and receive any needed follow-up services.

Iowa Area Education Agencies  This item links to an outside page

Area Education Agencies (AEAs) provide many early intervention services for children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing. These include services to infants, toddlers, and their families, and to school-age children who require special education services. Both early intervention and special education services are at no cost to families.

Iowa Association of the Deaf  This item links to an outside page

State organization of, by, and for the deaf. It is an organization providing support and encouragement to deaf Iowans while working on issues that affect a deaf person's education, work, or everyday lives.

Iowa COMPASS  This item links to an outside page

Iowa COMPASS is Iowa's free, statewide information and referral service for people with disabilities, their families, service providers, and other members of the community.

Iowa Hands and Voices  This item links to an outside page

Hands & Voices is a non-profit, parent-driven national organization dedicated to supporting families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. We are non-biased about communication methodologies and believe that families can make the best choices for their child if they have access to good information and support.

Iowa School for the Deaf  This item links to an outside page

ISD,located in Council Bluffs, is a residential and day program for students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.


American Academy of Pediatrics Newborn Hearing Screening  This item links to an outside page

AAP is an organization made up of pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. The AAP site provides information related to newborn hearing screening, practice guidelines, etc. AAP also provides a "Just in Time" Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Educational Kit for free. It is a handy practice resource that helps provide hearing health care for the infant and children.

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing  This item links to an outside page

A nonprofit, membership-based information center on hearing loss. Their focus is specifically on children with hearing loss, providing ongoing support and advocacy for parents, professionals, and other interested parties. Information available to parents includes publications, funding sources, pamphlets, conferences, and scholarship program information.

Alternatives in Education for the Hearing Impaired  This item links to an outside page

A nonprofit organization that provides information on cued speech. Provides resources and information regarding unique educational options for the hearing impaired.

American Academy of Audiology  This item links to an outside page

A professional membership organization dedicated to providing high quality hearing care to the public. Provides consumer information and locates certified audiologists in a specified area. Web site contains "Ask the Audiologist," which adds to parental and public understanding of audiology.

American Society for Deaf Children  This item links to an outside page

A nonprofit organization that educates, empowers, and supports parents and families of children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Helps families find meaningful communication options, particularly through the use of sign language, in their home, school, and community. A parent listserv and magazine are also available.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association  This item links to an outside page

National professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 93,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Provides brochures, fact sheets, and information packets to the general public at no cost. A computerized referral database of audiology and speech-language pathology programs is available to meet individual consumer needs.

Better Hearing Institute  This item links to an outside page

Non-profit organization. Provides information concerning hearing loss, hearing aids, and where to go for help.

Boys Town National Research Hospital  This item links to an outside page

A nonprofit hospital that is internationally recognized for research and treatment of childhood deafness and communication disorders. Programs include the Center for Audiology and Vestibular Services; the Center for Childhood Deafness, Language, and learning; and the Center for Medical/Surgical Services. Produces videotapes designed to help families learn to sign and to read more effectively with young children who are deaf.

Callier Center for Communication Disorders  This item links to an outside page

A nonprofit educational, clinical, and research center for individuals with communication disorders of all types. Clinical services specific to hearing loss include complete audiological testing, amplification services, aural rehabilitation classes, and cochlear implant evaluation and habilitation. Summer Listening camp offered one week each summer. Educational programs include specialized services for children with hearing loss, ages 2-5, within an early childhood preschool.

Captioned Media Program  This item links to an outside page

A nonprofit program with a free-loan video collection of approximately 4,000 titles. Provides open-captioned videos, available free of charge to any American with a hearing loss, or to any hearing person involved with hearing loss, such as parents and teachers. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Early Hearing Detection and Prevention Program  This item links to an outside page

The CDC EHDI program is a program under the Federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. To ensure that all newborns have the opportunity to communicate from birth, the CDC's EHDI program is a part of continuing national efforts to promote:

Central Institute for the Deaf  This item links to an outside page

CID is a private, nonprofit institute. It has research laboratories in which scientists study the normal aspects as well as disorders in hearing, language, and speech. It has a school for children who have hearing loss and professional education programs in audiology, education of persons with hearing loss, and communication sciences. CID also has speech, language, and hearing clinics.

Deaf Linx  This item links to an outside page

Deaf Linx is a resource for information on deafness, deaf culture, American Sign Language (ASL) and all other related topics.

Deafness Research Foundation  This item links to an outside page

A privately funded research foundation committed to finding the causes, treatment, and prevention of all types of hearing loss. Organizes a national campaign aimed at public outreach, professional education, and government relations. Provides parents with a Web site detailing current research findings.

Gallaudet University Regional Center  This item links to an outside page

Affiliated with Gallaudet University, this Community College provides services to students who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, as well as to parents, educators, and educational interpreters in eleven Midwestern states including Texas. Services provided include workshops and seminars in a variety of areas related to improving the quality of education for students with hearing loss, family and parent education programs, needs assessment, technical assistance, and resource and referral.

Hear Now  This item links to an outside page

A nonprofit domestic program of the Starkey Foundation that increases public awareness about the need for available and affordable assistive technology for people with hearing loss. Provides hearing aids to people with limited financial resources.

Holley Ear Institute  This item links to an outside page

A nonprofit organization of volunteers, doctors, speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and other professionals. Provides services aimed at improving the quality of life and programs for deaf families, hearing families with children who are deaf, parents who are deaf with hearing children, and seniors who are deaf.

House Ear Institute (HEI)  This item links to an outside page

A privately funded, nonprofit research and professional education facility that investigates the causes of hearing loss and vestibular disorders. Provides outreach programs such as family camps and seminars. Web site provides educational information related to hearing health.

John Tracy Clinic  This item links to an outside page

A private, nonprofit organization that provides free worldwide family-centered services to young children with hearing loss. Provides correspondence courses and videotapes for parents of infants and children with hearing loss. Courses are available in English and Spanish.

Joint Committee on Infant Hearing  This item links to an outside page

Members of numerous professional organizations joined to create this committee. They produced a position statement ("Principles and Guidelines for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Programs") in 2000 that is widely used to determine best practice in pediatric audiology.

National Association of the Deaf (NAD)  This item links to an outside page

A nonprofit consumer organization safeguarding the civil rights of persons who are deaf and hard-of-hearing in education, employment, health care, and telecommunications. Provides grassroots advocacy and empowerment, deafness-related information and publications, legal assistance, policy development, public awareness, and youth leadership development.

National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM)  This item links to an outside page

NCHAM provides training, technical assistance, and information about early identification and management of hearing loss.

National Cued Speech Association  This item links to an outside page

A nonprofit association that promotes and supports the use of cued speech for communication, language acquisition, and literacy. Provides information, referral, and support services for persons with language, hearing, speech, and learning needs. Sponsors family camps, workshops, conferences and scholarships. Distributes a catalog, newsletter, and journal on cued speech and hearing loss.

National Deaf Education Network and Clearinghouse Info to Go  This item links to an outside page

A federally funded organization that responds to inquiries about a diverse range of topics related to people age birth through 21 years who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. The clearinghouse also collaborates with authors from within the Gallaudet community and around the nation to design, produce and disseminate books, videotapes, periodicals, and other information related to deaf and hard-of-hearing children, their families, and the professionals who serve them.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders  This item links to an outside page

A nonprofit organization affiliated with the National Institutes of Health. Conducts research and research training on normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language. Provides a newsletter and other materials that educate the public and health professionals about its seven research areas in communication. Web site contains sections for parents that cover topics related to hearing loss.

Oberkotter Foundation  This item links to an outside page

A private family foundation that advocates oral deaf education The foundation distributes a variety of free educational materials (videos and pamphlets) for parents and professionals.

SKI-HI Institute  This item links to an outside page

A nonprofit, grant funded institute that develops programs and materials and provides workshops for professionals working with families of infants and young children who have a special need. The SKI-HI Model for Family Centered Home-Based Programming for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschool-Aged Children with Hearing Impairment is widely used by early intervention programs in both the United States and Canada.

TDI (formerly Telecommunications for the Deaf, Inc.)  This item links to an outside page

A national advocacy organization that promotes equal access to telecommunications and media for people who are deaf, late-deafened, hard-of-hearing, or deafblind. Provides public education and promotes consumer involvement in policies which support accessibility. Publishes an annual, national directory of TTY numbers.


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This website is supported in part by Iowa's Cooperative Agreement for EHDI, UR3/CCU724779-01 with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.