Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI)
Mentoring & Family Engagement Project
Supporting Deaf/Hard of Hearing Children and Their Families
Increasing the number of newborns and infants identified as Deaf/Hard of Hearing (D/HH) enrolled in Early Intervention services, and providing support to families/parents/caregivers of newborns and infants who are D/HH
NJ Deaf Mentor Program
What is a Deaf Mentor?
- An adult who is Deaf or hard of hearing who communicates via ASL, Total Communication, Listening and Spoken Language, and/or Cued Speech/Cued English Represents the full range of hearing levels, communication choices, technology use, and education
- Interacts with children with hearing loss and their families in their home, via technology or in person, and at social events
- Answers questions and shares first hand experiences
- Deaf Mentors who communicate via ASL are trained in ASL instruction, teach families about Deaf Culture and introduce them to the Deaf Community
- Deaf Mentors will be required to complete a comprehensive SKI HI Mentor training program
* Do you have a D/HH child aged Birth–5 years old?
Download the Flyer (PDF) for more information on this FREE program for families interested in having a Deaf Mentor and/or a ASL Deaf Language Associate. (Español)
* Are you a D/HH Adult willing to share your experiences?
Download the Flyer (PDF) for more information on how you can mentor, share your story with families, and/or support a child with a hearing loss in a childcare setting. (Español)
Family Support and Engagement Learning Community
What is a Learning Community?
- A framework for people to meet around a shared goal
- An opportunity to effect change
- A place to develop practical goals
- It connects people, organizations, and systems
- Works across boundaries
What are the Expectations?
- Meet about 5 times per year
- Be available for conference calls and in person meetings
- Participate in leadership trainings
- Share experiences
- Share ideas to improve quality of care for newborns with hearing loss
* Are you interested in sharing your experiences?
SPAN is looking for parents interested in participating in the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Family Support and Engagement Learning Community.
Communication access services available upon request. Stipends available to help cover time and expenses.
About the Deaf Mentor Program
The Deaf Mentor Program promotional video was funded by Special Child Health and Early Intervention Services, New Jersey Department of Health and the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing under the Leveling the Playing Field initiative.
Useful Links & Websites
ASL Development for Children in New Jersey | The NJ Department of Human Services Division of Deaf and Hard of Hearing offers language acquisition services through an ASL Deaf Language Associate.
Deaf Leadership | Video presented by the Family-Centered Early Intervention (FCEI) 2018 Deaf Leadership Committee on the importance of Deaf Role Models for children and their families
Deaf Leadership Comments from Deaf Adults | Video coordinated by the Family-Centered Early Intervention (FCEI) 2018 Deaf Leadership committee
Family Outreach Flyer Deaf Mentor COVID-19 | SPAN’s Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) Mentoring & Family Engagement Project is looking for families with a D/HH child birth to 5 years old who are interested in having a Deaf Mentor. In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Deaf Mentor Program will continue to match families with a Deaf Mentor through virtual visits using Zoom and FaceTime.
Family Outreach Flyer Deaf Mentor COVID-19 – Spanish | El Programa de Mentores Sordos NJ EHDI de SPAN está buscando familias con un hijo D/HH hasta 5 años de edad que esté interesado en tener un Mentor Sordo. En respuesta a la pandemia de COVID-19, el Programa de Mentores para Sordos continuará uniendo a familias con un Mentor para Sordos por medio de visitas virtuales a través de Zoom y FaceTime.
Raising the Whole Child: Social-Emotional Development in Deaf Children | A resource for parents, educators, and others who work with deaf and hard of hearing children about the need to supplement the social environment for each and every deaf, hard of hearing, or partially hearing student.
“Optimizing Outcomes for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Educational Service Guidelines” | This purpose of these free updated education service guidelines for D/HH is to supplement and update the information needed by teachers, leaders, families, school instructional support personnel and other stakeholders to have the knowledge, skills and vision to help children be successful.
Health Screening & Follow-Up | Did your child receive a refer result on the newborn hearing screening? The NJ Department of Health provides answers to frequently asked questions and further information and resources on next steps.
Hear to Learn Resources for Parent and Professionals | The Utah State University Listening and Spoken Language program, Sound Beginnings, helps children with hearing loss reach their potential for academic and life success. This website provides user-friendly materials for parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as those who care for and work with them.
Oir para Aprender Recursos para Padres y Profesionales | El programa de la audición y el lenguaje hablado de Utah State University, Sound Beginnings, ayuda a los niños con pérdida auditiva a alcanzar su potencial académico y el éxito en la vida. Este sitio web proporciona materiales fáciles de usar para padres de niños sordos o con problemas de audición, así como aquellos que los cuidan y trabajan con ellos.
ASL Story Telling | This video is a resource from the Texas School for the Deaf Education Resource Center on Deafness to improve language learning and literacy for D/HH students.
Online ASL & Deaf Studies Courses | Gallaudet University offers a variety of free introductory videos and interactive lessons for learning basic ASL as well as online ASL and Deaf Studies courses.
Raising Deaf and Hard of Hearing Kids | A parenting course ($35.00) that will provide support on your journey with resources for decision making.
Optimizing Outcomes for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: A free resource from the National Association of State Directors of Special Education: (NASDSE)
NJ Deaf Students’ Bill of Rights Brochure: The Deaf Student’s Bill of Rights is a statement of responsibility to ensure that school districts meet the unique needs of students who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind and use varied communication modalities.
Check out these upcoming events, notices, and links to more resources:
- Central Jersey Meet and Practice ASL at Menlo Park Mall Monthly Deaf Chat | meetup.com/Meet-and-Practice-ASL-with-Others-Meetup
- 2019 American Society for Deaf Children Conference, June 27-29, 2019 at Delaware School for the Deaf | deafchildren.org/events/asdc-conferences
- 2019 Summer Camps for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth | (1) Camp list from the state of NJ / (2) American Society for Deaf Children
SPAN’s EHDI Mentoring & Family Engagement Project is funded through a subgrant from the NJ Department of Health, Special Child Health and Early Intervention Services, a HRSA funded initiative.