In alignment with CEID’s decades of commitment to early identification of children who are D/HH and to strong early education services, CEID is proud to be a part of a new Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant awarded to NorCal Services for Deaf & Hard of Hearing. In partnership with agencies throughout the state, the grant provides increased access to services for young children who are D/HH and their families. Along with partner agencies, CEID will support families with resources and information as well as access to Deaf Coach (aka mentors who are D/HH) services. This work has received 4 years of funding because of aligned and determined efforts of regional agencies.
A primary goal of this project is to increase access to early intervention and support services for infants identified as D/HH to ensure age-appropriate language development. “By ensuring families are connected to early intervention and support services, this new statewide program is aligned with California’s law [SB210] that was passed in 2015 to address early language acquisition of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.” Said Sheri Farinha, CEO of NorCal and Principal Investigator of the HRSA grant. CEID is grateful to be collaborative partner to meet needs and ensure timely services for children and families.