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Atlanta Area School for the Deaf (AASD)
AASD is devoted to providing quality, comprehensive, full-day instructional services to infants, children, and youth who are deaf, including persons with multiple disabilities.  Classroom programs range from Pre-K through 12.  Students experience a range of academic, vocational, and social activities.
 
Babies Can’t Wait (BCW) Program
Statewide early intervention services for children with bilateral hearing loss of any degree and/or significant developmental delay – Georgia’s IDEA Part C Program.
 
Children 1st
Children 1 st is the “Single Point of Entry” to a statewide collaborative system of public health and other prevention based programs and services.  Children 1st is Georgia’s system for linking families with children age 0-5 to public and private support services. Service linkage through Children 1st is available through all of Georgia’s public health districts.
 
Children’s Medical Services (CMS)
Statewide public health program for children, birth to age 21 that assists families with children that have chronic medical problems including hearing loss.
 
Georgia Council For the Hearing Impaired, Inc. (GACHI)
GACHI is a statewide, nonprofit organization that provides a variety of assistive services to the deaf and hard of hearing, their family members and friends, local state and federal agencies.
 
Georgia Department of Education (DOE)
Georgia DOE oversees public education throughout the state.
 
Georgia Hands and Voices Chapter
Hands & Voices is a non-profit, parent-driven national organization dedicated to supporting families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Hands & Voices is 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. Membership includes families who communicate manually and/or orally.
 
Georgia Parent Infant Network for Educational Services (PINES)
Statewide program funded by the Georgia DOE, providing free family training home visits and visits in natural environments for families of children, birth to five years of age, with hearing/vision loss to develop auditory, speech and language skills. Georgia PINES also provides loaner hearing aids, occupational and physical therapy, parent workshops and collaborates with other agencies.
 
Georgia Relay Services
Telephone services that enable people who have difficulty hearing or speaking to communicate with conventional phone users over standard phone lines.
 
Georgia School for the Deaf (GSD)
For more than 160 years, GSD has provided for the educational, social and emotional needs of Georgia’s deaf and hard-of-hearing children.  GSD is a residential school.
 
Georgia Sensory Assistance Project (GSAD)
GSAD provides technical assistance to children with deaf blindness, from birth through 21 years of age, and to their families and service providers. Technical assistance may include: in-home consultation, school consultation, family support, networking, demonstration site development, in-services, weekend retreats, summer institutes, loaner bank, material and monograph development, statewide advisory program, referrals to other agencies, and resources.
 
Parent to Parent of Georgia
Georgia’s parent support and information resource for parents of children diagnosed with disabilities. Site lists both English and Spanish contacts across the state.
 
Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention (UNHSI) Program
 
Statewide initiative to develop and sustain a comprehensive coordinated system for Universal Newborn Hearing Screening in Georgia to assure that all newborns receive a hearing screen prior to hospital discharge, infants with hearing loss are diagnosed by 3 months of age, and are referred for appropriate intervention by 6 months of age. Following is a contact list for State UNHSI programs and the counties that they serve.
 
NATIONAL RESOURCES
 
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf, Inc.
Gathers and disseminates information on hearing loss, promotes better public understanding of hearing loss in children and adults, provides scholarships and financial and parent-infant awards, promotes early detection of hearing loss in infants, publishes books on deafness, and advocates for the rights of children and adults who are hard of hearing or deaf. Local Georgia chapter information is available.
 
American Association of the Deaf-Blind (AADB)
AADB is a national consumer advocacy organization for people who have combined hearing and vision impairments.
 
American Hearing Research Foundation (AHRF)
AHRF supports medical research and education into the causes, prevention, and cures of deafness, hearing losses, and balance disorders.  AHRF also keeps physicians and the public informed of the latest developments in hearing research and education.
 
American Sign Language University (ASLU)
ASLU is an online American Sign Language curriculum resource center.  ASLU provides free self-study materials, lessons, and information, as well as fee-based instructor-guided courses. Many instructors use the ASLU lesson pages as the "textbook" for their local ASL classes.
 
American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC)
ASDC is a nonprofit parent-helping-parent organization promoting a positive attitude toward signing and deaf culture. Also provides support, encouragement, and current information about deafness to families with deaf and hard of hearing children.
 
American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)
ASHA is a professional organization for speech-language pathologists and audiologists, which has an online directory of providers.  ASHA provides informational materials and a toll-free HELPLINE number for inquiries about speech, language, or hearing problems.
 
BEGINNINGS for Parents of Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Inc.
BEGINNINGS provides parents accurate, objective information about hearing loss, to enable parents making sound decisions for their child. These decisions involve placement, communication methodology and related service needs. Our staff is committed to providing services in a family centered atmosphere to facilitate active involvement of parents in their child's social, emotional and educational growth.
 
Better Hearing Institute (BHI)
BHI is a not-for-profit corporation that educates the public about the neglected problem of hearing loss and what can be done about it.  BHI works to erase the stigma and end the embarrassment that prevents millions of people from seeking help for hearing loss and promote treatment for hearing impairment.
 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Program
The CDC provides funds and educational materials to state EHDI programs to assist with EHDI activities and supports research on the cause of hearing loss, surveillance systems, and the long-term effects of early intervention.
 
Easter Seals
Easter Seals provides services to assist children and families with disabilities overcome obstacles to independence and reach his or her personal goals. Easter Seals includes families as active members of any therapy program, and offers the support families need. Website provides links to information about Easter Seals programs in North, East, Middle, and South Georgia.
 
Family Voices
Family Voices aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities.  Through a national network, they  provide families tools to make informed decisions, advocate for improved public and private policies, build partnerships among professionals and families, and serve as a trusted resource on health care.
 
Gallaudet University
The world’s only four-year liberal arts university for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, Gallaudet offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and numerous continuing education and summer courses. The University also disseminates information on deafness and hearing impairment.
 
Hands & Voices
Hands & Voices is dedicated to supporting families with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing without a bias around communication modes or methodology. Hands & Voices is a parent-driven, non-profit organization providing families with the resources, networks, and information they need to improve communication access and educational outcomes for their children. Our outreach activities, parent/professional collaboration, and advocacy efforts are focused on enabling Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing children to reach their highest potential.
 
The Hearing Exchange
The Hearing Exchange is an online community for the exchange of ideas and information on hearing loss and related issues through sharing articles, books, and newsletters.
 
Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
HLAA promotes awareness and information about hearing loss, communication, assistive devices, and alternative communication skills through publications, exhibits, and presentations.
 
Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC)
The mission of the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults (HKNC) is to enable all those who are deaf-blind to live and work in the community of their choice. It provides comprehensive vocational rehabilitation training at its headquarters in New York and assistance with job and residential placements when training is completed. Services in the field include 10 regional offices, over 40 affiliated agencies, a National Training Team and an Older Adult Program. HKNC is a partner in the National Technical Assistance Consortium for Children and Young Adults Who are Deaf-Blind and with DB-LINK, a clearinghouse for information on deaf-blindness. HKNC also maintains a national registry of individuals who are deaf-blind.
 
House Ear Institute
The Institute aims to improve the quality of life of those with an ear disease or hearing or balance disorder.  Outreach programs focus on families with hearing impaired children.
 
IDEA Partnership
The IDEA Partnership is dedicated to improving outcomes for students and youth with disabilities by joining state agencies and stakeholders through shared work and learning.  The IDEA Partnership facilitates interaction and shared work across professional and family organizations around common interests.
 
Let Them Hear Foundation (LTHF)
The Let Them Hear Foundation (LTHF) helps hearing-impaired individuals to H.E.A.R., specifically those lacking adequate access to funding and healthcare resources. LTHF provides Hearing services for underprivileged American youth; Education for professional and public sectors per cochlear implant hearing healthcare issues and practices; Access development for under-served persons through insurance advocacy and overseas medical missionary efforts; and Research concerning treatment for ear disease and function.
 
My Baby’s Hearing
Developed by the Boys Town National Research Hospital (BTNRH), an internationally recognized center for state-of-the art research, diagnosis and treatment of individuals with ear diseases, hearing and balance disorders, cleft lip and palate, and speech/language problems. The website contains valuable information for parents of babies and young children recently diagnosed with hearing loss.
 
National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM)
NCHAM promotes the development of newborn hearing screening programs and provide technical assistance and resource information about the impact of early intervention with babies with hearing loss.
 
National Cued Speech Association
The National Cued Speech Association supports effective communication, language development and literacy in individuals, families and children alike through the use of Cued Speech.
 
National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB)
NFADB is a non-profit, volunteer-based family association.
 
National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
Provides fact sheets, state resource sheets, and general information to assist parents, educators, caregivers, and advocates in helping children and youth with disabilities participate as fully as possible in their community. Also publishes Technical Assistance Guides, Students’ Guides, briefing papers and annotated bibliographies on selected topics; many publications are available in Spanish and all are available on the Internet.
 
National Information Clearinghouse on Children who are Deaf-Blind (DB-LINK)
Collects and provides information related to children and youth (ages 0-21) who are deaf-blind. DB-LINK also connects consumers of deaf-blind information to sources of information about deaf blindness, assistive technology, and deaf-blind people. DB-LINK is a collaborative effort involving the Helen Keller National Center, Perkins School for the Blind, and Teaching Research.
 
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
A federally funded part of the National Institute of Health dedicated to research in hearing and communication disorders. Website contains web links to current research information about hearing loss.
 
Oral Deaf Education
Oral deaf education is a collaborative, family-centered educational approach that develops a child's speech and listening abilities along with confidence and life skills to meet the challenges of the greater world. This means that parents and family play a key role right from the start. Oral deaf education integrates the earliest and most natural intervention, the most current and inclusive education along with today's sophisticated hearing technologies, to enable children with a hearing loss to learn to listen and talk.
 
S.E.E. (Signing Exact English) Center for the Advancement of Deaf Children
Center provides information and referral for parents and educators of deafness-related topics and Signing Exact English (SEE).  Provides evaluation of sign skills, workshops, and consulting services related to communication in general and SEE in particular.