Education & Resource Center
Resources and Links
Below you will find several resources that may be helpful to you as a family member, a special education director, a provider, or community member who has or works with children and youth who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind. This is by no means an exhaustive list of resources so please reach out to us if you have a specific request.
Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP)
The DCMP provides services designed to support and improve the academic achievement of students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind. https://dcmp.org/
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center
A federally funded center with exemplary elementary and secondary education programs for deaf and hard of hearing students and is tasked with developing and disseminating innovative curricula, instructional techniques, and products nationwide while providing information, training, and technical assistance for parents and professionals to meet the needs of deaf and hard of hearing students from birth to high school graduation. https://clerccenter.gallaudet.edu/
Parent Information Center of New Hampshire (PIC)
PIC, a New Hampshire statewide family organization, strives to achieve positive outcomes for children and youth, with a focus on those with disabilities and special healthcare needs. http://www.picnh.org/
New Hampshire Family Voices
Provides free, confidential services to families and professionals caring for children with chronic conditions and/or disabilities. http://nhfv.org/
New England Consortium on Deafblindness (NEC)
NEC represents a consortium of consultants, state and regional partners who share a commitment to evidenced-based approaches to support children and youth with combined vision and hearing loss (deafblindness). Serving the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont, they are committed to supporting families, professionals, and the wider community in the delivery of services that result in improved educational outcomes. Funded by the federal Office of Special Education, and with a regional office at Perkins School for the Blind, NEC personnel provide services to a variety of programs and agencies, with the primary purpose of building state and local capacity to serve children and youth with combined vision and hearing loss.
Hands & Voices
Hands & Voices is a non-profit, parent-driven organization dedicated to supporting families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. They are unbiased about communication methodologies and believe that families can make the best choices for their child if they have access to good information and support. We have a local chapter in NH who offers events and opportunities to connect with other families and children throughout the year.
Please see their Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/nhdeafhhkids/
“Just in Time” Resources
This guide is a tool to help families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) connect to family-to-family supports with a focus on state-level resources. NCHAM encourages copying and posting this tool by EHDI and Part C programs, family support organizations, and health care providers. States are welcome to adapt it for their own use, adding resources unique to their state. Additional resources are available at: www.infanthearing.org/familysupport/
NH Early Hearing Detection and Intervention
A statewide, family-centered, newborn hearing screening program coordinated across New Hampshire; located in the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Center, Maternal and Child Health Section.
NH Family-Centered Early Supports and Services
Provides early intervention services for children birth through age three who have a diagnosed, established condition that has a high probability of resulting in delay, are experiencing developmental delays, or are at risk for substantial developmental delays if supports and services are not provided.
The purpose of these guidelines is to supplement and update the information needed by teachers, leaders, families, school instructional support personnel and other stakeholders to have the knowledge, skills and vision to help children be successful. Children and youth who are deaf or hard of hearing reach their potential, like their hearing peers, when they are motivated to succeed and are supported by caring professionals and families. Education standards, instruction and services must be the same or consistent with what is provided to all children and youth and supplemented with specially designed instruction and services when special education services are needed.
NH Deaf Child Bill of Rights
Establishes a deaf child’s bill of rights and an advisory council on the education of deaf children.
Special Education and 504 Plans
1) Disability Rights Center-NH
- Special Education: https://drcnh.org/issue-areas/
- Section 504: https://drcnh.org/issue-areas/
childrens-issues/education/ section-504-of-the- rehabilitation-act-of-1973/
2) NH Department of Education
- Special Education: https://www.education.nh.gov/
- Section 504: https://www.education.nh.gov/
3) Parent Information Center on Special Education: https://picnh.org/
Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss
The core goals of Supporting Success are to provide resources, maintain a growing bank of free information, provide products for sale, provide relevant and practical professional development and strengthen knowledge on student rights for improved advocacy.