A resources binder for families
8/24/2017 8:58:13 AM
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“What You Need to Know: Resources for Families” (PDF) is a collection of resources that is mailed to parents as soon as a child is identified as deaf or hard of hearing.
Beginning in August 2017, parents, extended family members, and professionals can get the same resources online. Rural families with limited access to broadband and Wi-Fi can download the materials in a .pdf format to an e-reader (i.e. on smartphones, tablets) and access them anytime, anywhere.
The Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH) has identified the following goal (1.2) to “develop a mechanism that ensures family access to all available resources and information that is accurate, well-balanced, comprehensive, and conveyed in an unbiased manner.” Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has been authorized through statute to provide these resources to families of children who are D/HH. During the past year, stakeholders of the Collaborative Plan reviewed the materials to ensure that the materials met JCIH goals. They made recommendations for changes which were approved by MDH. At MDH’s request, stakeholders of the Collaborative Plan have agreed to review the resources annually to ensure that the information is accurate, well-balanced, comprehensive, and conveyed in an unbiased manner. MDH and the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) advisory committee make final decisions on the inclusion of materials in this group of resources.
The Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans (MNCDHH) provided funding to make this resource available online and accessible. MDH hosts “What You Need to Know: Resources for Families” on the MDH website.
Many thanks to the stakeholders who reviewed the resource binder:
Learn more about the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH)
Visit the Collaborative Plan website
Read the 2016 Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program statute
Learn more about EHDI in Minnesota
And now, you can access the Online Resources for Families (PDF)