Accessing Early Intervention and School-Aged Services and Supports
Child Find and Early Intervention
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004) covers children birth through age 21 who have special needs. Every state has an Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program. EHDI works to identify infants and children with hearing loss. EHDI also promotes timely follow-up testing and services or interventions for any family whose child has a hearing loss. In Ohio, this entity is Help Me Grow.
Babies: Early intervention services are available to families for children ages birth through 36 months. These services are guided by the development of an Individual Family Services Plan (IFSP) that addresses needs related to case management, nutrition and support.
Preschool Children: As a child approaches their third birthday a plan for transition becomes part of the IFSP. This gives families an opportunity to prepare for the switch for early intervention services to working with the public school services.
The Help Me Grow website is currently under construction (11-1-16) Check back for a link to more information on Early Intervention Services in Ohio for children who are deaf and hard of hearing.
School-Aged Special Education Services
Assessment and evaluation of progress among children who are deaf or hard of hearing is a complex process. Challenges often go undetected by individuals unfamiliar with the hidden impact of a hearing loss. Challenges to professionals in the field of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D/HH) education are particularly notable in the areas of information access, communication modalities, language, selection and application of assessment tools, technology, and access to highly qualified personnel. The local educational agency (LEA) continues to be responsible for providing a team comprised of a) qualified professionals and b) the parents to collect multiple sources of information relevant to determining eligibility for specialized services and then developing an educational program that is not only individualized but leads to measurable increases in learning. For more information on special education and related services please visit the Ohio Department of Education’s website and the Office for Exceptional Children’s website.