Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention
Georgia Resources for Parents and Professionals
Atlanta Area School for the Deaf (AASD), a
State of Georgia school established in 1972, is devoted to providing quality,
comprehensive, full-day instructional services to infants, children, and youth
who are deaf, including persons with multiple handicaps. Classroom programs
range from preschool through twelfth grade. Students experience a range of
academic, vocational, and social opportunities.
Auditory-Verbal Center (AVC) is a nonprofit center in Atlanta that teaches
children who are mildly hearing impaired to profoundly deaf to listen and speak
so that they can succeed in mainstream schools and experience lives without
Babies Can’t Wait (BCW) Program is the statewide early intervention
services for children with a severe or profound bilateral hearing loss and/or
significant developmental delay – Georgia’s IDEA Part C Program.
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 Georgia’s public health districts. 1-800-229-2039
Children’s Medical Services (CMS) is the statewide Public Health support
program for children birth to age 21 with chronic medical problems including
Family Voices of Georgia (FV of GA) advocates for
families of CYSHCN through a number of activities: parent matching, training,
focus groups, support groups, conferences, resource guides, listservs, website,
newsletters, and surveys.
Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC)
over $8 million each year in equipment and services to the community at little
or no cost to the recipients.
Georgia Association of the Deaf (GAD) is the largest self-help consumer
organization of persons with a hearing loss in Georgia. The main goal of GAD is
to bring persons with hearing loss in Georgia together to advocate for equal
Georgia Chapter of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing helps families, health care providers and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention.
Georgia Chapter of Hands and Voices is part of a nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families and their children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as the professionals who serve them. This organization is a parent-driven, parent/professional collaborative group that is unbiased towards communication modes and methods.
Georgia Council for the Hearing Impaired aims to establish and maintain a
system of statewide services to the deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened,
deaf-blind and other individuals or groups with whom they interact.
Georgia Department of Education Program for Exceptional Students is the
DOE program which assists local school systems in
providing special education and related services.
Georgia Parent Network is a Yahoo Group designed exclusively for
parents/guardians of children with disabilities in the state of Georgia. The
purpose is to allow communication between families on the common issues shared,
so as to better support, advocate, and influence change for children with
Georgia PINES (Parent Infant Network for Educational Services) is a
statewide program providing free weekly 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. Loaner
hearing aids. Occupational and physical therapy. Parent workshops. Collaboration
with other agencies. Funded by the Department of Education.
Georgia Relay Services provides 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 is the State residential school for deaf
children ages 4 through 21.
Georgia Sensory Assistance Project provides information, training, and
technical assistance for families of children with deaf/blindness.
Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
collaborates with Georgia citizens, public and private advocacy
organizations, and policy makers to positively influence public policies that
enhance the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities and their
families. The Council provides collaboration through information and advocacy
activities, program implementation and funding, and public policy analysis and
Hearing Loss Association of America/Georgia Chapter provides
contacts for local Georgia chapters and promotes awareness and information for
hard of hearing people in Georgia.
Parent to Parent of Georgia is the Georgia support and information resource
for parents of children of disabilities. Site lists both English and Spanish
contacts across the state.
Parents & Professionals (PEPP, Inc.) provides services,
training, and information to families of children with disabilities.
Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program is the
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.