Sustaining Parent Engagement: A Toolkit for Parents and Community Partners

The Center for the Study of Social Policy, in partnership with
First 5LA, has developed Growing and Sustaining Parent Engagement: A Toolkit
for Parents and Community Partners.
 This new
resource helps support and sustain families’ involvement in decisions about
themselves, their children, services, and their communities. It provides
valuable resources and how to’s for implementing three powerful strategies
communities can use.


Students with hearing impairments: Secondary school experiences and academic performance

According to the National
Longitudinal Transition Study 2 dataset, a gap exists between the academic
achievement of youth with hearing impairments and their peers in the general
population in reading, mathematics, science, and social studies. This fact
sheet from the National Center for Special Education Research gives a national


FIRST YEARS Now Accepting Applications

Certificate in Auditory Learning for Young Children with Hearing Loss program
is now accepting applications. This certificate program is committed to
enhancing the knowledge and skills of professionals practicing in deaf
education, speech-language pathology, audiology and early intervention.
Distance education is utilized to bring the classroom to you – anytime,
anyplace. The five graduate-level courses, instruction by faculty experts,
online discussion group, projects and exercises – plus mentored practicum
experiences in early intervention, educational and clinical settings – combine
a unique online learning experience. Applications will be accepted until May 23,
2011, and accepted candidates will begin in fall 2011. If you have questions
regarding the program, please contact FIRST YEARS
Program Director Kathryn Wilson at


Check out the FIRST YEARS "fyi" (first years info) newsletter Winter 2011 Edition

fyi is an electronic news service of the FIRST YEARS
Certificate in Auditory Learning for Young Children with Hearing Loss at The
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sent quarterly, the fyinewsletter
is designed to keep you informed of current events and activities and to
provide an opportunity to hear from our instructors, former graduates, current
students, and others affiliated with the program.


Eligibility Considerations for Infants and Toddlers Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

A committee convened by the
IDEA Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association and the National Center for
Hearing Assessment and Management has produced a document summarizing issues
that should be considered in deciding whether children with hearing loss are
eligible for early intervention services funded by Part C of IDEA.


AUCD Announces 2011 Research Topics of Interest

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is
pleased to announce the 2011 Research Topics of Interest (RTOIs), funded
through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental
Disabilities (NCBDDD). Project title: “Improving Early Hearing Detection
and Intervention (EHDI) Loss to Follow-up/ Loss to Documentation through
Screening at Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Certification Visits”.

Letter of Intent Deadline: February 25, 2011
Funding Amount: $100,000 per year

Project Duration: 2 years