Mission and Goals
The Center for Early Intervention on Deafness is an inclusive program that provides a wide range of exemplary services and supports for families to maximize the communication potential of children, from birth through age five, who are deaf, hard of hearing, and/or have severe speech and language delays.
- To identify hearing loss in children within the first 3 months of life.
- To inform parents about hearing aids and cochlear implants, education options, deafness, supporting legislation, deaf culture, sign language systems, local and national organizations, and other related resources.
- To provide home and Center-based early intervention services to maximize the child's potential and the family’s communication skills.
- To help children develop listening, speech, communication, and social skills equal to their ‘hearing’ peers.
- To assure no child or family be put on a ‘waiting list’ or refused services because of an inability to pay.
- To consult with and train local medical and childcare professionals, and to promote better understanding of the unique aspects of deafness in early childhood.