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
Deaf/Hard of Hearing Adult
Are you a Deaf or hard of hearing Adult willing to share your experiences?
SPAN’s Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) Mentoring & Family Engagement Project is looking for adults who would like to apply to be Deaf Mentors
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
Download the Flyer (PDF)
Family Support and Engagement Learning Community
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.
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
Communication access services available upon request. Stipends available to help cover time and expenses.
Useful Links & Websites
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.
What Our Families Say
Child Welfare: Before this workshop, I had no idea that I still had rights to make decisions about my child’s education and health even though they are in foster care. Today I learned about my rights, and how important it is for me to fight for what I know is right for my child and not be pressured to just go along. Now I know that there are other parents in my situation who can support me. Knowledge is power, and after today I am going to talk to every parent I come across and spread the word!
Juvenile Justice: I was ashamed so I almost didn’t come to this workshop. Now I know that there is somewhere to go for help for my child in the juvenile justice system. I know their rights, and I know where to turn. I know more about how the juvenile justice system works. And I know that my child should be receiving special education services even though they are incarcerated. I know more about how to advocate for my child, and I know that SPAN is there to help me if I need them. I’m so glad I came!
The EHDI Project is a collaboration of the New Jersey Department of Health and the SPAN Parent Advocacy Network.