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LEAD-K Family Services works with the Hearing Coordination Centers under the Department of Health Care Services and the California Department of Education to serve families with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children.  As the recipient of the 4 year federal grant starting in 2020 by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA-20-047) our services support the current Newborn Hearing Screening Program (NHSP) in California. Centralized services focus on connecting families with their local school district, Early Start home visit teachers, parent mentors, Deaf coaches and other supports as outlined in an Individualized Family Support Plan.

Teresa Nold is the manager of the LEAD-K Family Services office located in Sacramento.  She serves the state of California in her role overseeing the early intervention of Deaf and Hard of Hearing infants. 

– Press Release –

Local Nonprofit Organization Receives Federal Grant For California Newborn Hearing Screening Program

PUBLICATION DATE: April 2, 2020

Family  Equality and  Language Acquisition Services for Deaf Children. Language Equality & Acquisition for Deaf Kids (LEAD-K)

Sacramento, CA, April 1, 2020 -

NorCal Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing “NorCal Services for Deaf & Hard of Hearing” is being provided by the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA-20-047) to support the program current Newborn Hearing Screening Program (NHSP) newborn hearing screening with centralized services for families with babies who have been identified as deaf or hard of hearing. The NHSP is a state program that tests babies in hospitals for hearing loss and provides referrals to audiologists for further testing as needed. This annual award of $ 235, 000 beginning April 1, 2020 for 4 years will allocate funds for the statewide Language Equality & Acquisition for Deaf Kids (LEAD-K) service for deaf children. to services related to ParentLinks support and the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP), specifically Deaf Coach Deaf Instructor services for families. Under the new grant, the program will continue to collaborate with the California Department of Education (CDE), The State Schools for the Deaf; The Health Services Coordination Centers, The Hearing Coordination Centers; Social Services, The Deaf Access Program; Development Services, and Regional Programs. Other partners include the California Academy of Pediatrics, California Educators For The Deaf, the Center for Early Intervention on Deafness, and Children’s Choice for Hearing and Talking (CCHAT).

The main objective of this project is to increase the number of families with deaf or hard of hearing babies to be identified and receive early intervention and support services that ensure age appropriate language development. A secondary objective is to increase the number of health professionals and service providers receiving training, focusing on understanding development and early language acquisition.

By ensuring families are connected to these early intervention services and other supports, this new state program is aligned with California law that was passed in 2015 to address the early language acquisition of children who are deaf or deaf. hearing difficulties. ” Sheri Farinha, CEO and principal investigator for the HRSA grant said.

“The Newborn Hearing Screening Program illustrates the importance of early detection and intervention. By ensuring that babies have their newborn hearing screening, parents can make informed decisions about their care from the beginning, “said Congresswoman Matsui. “I have long advocated for the federal government to prioritize these initiatives. More recently, Congress passed it successfully, and the President signed my bill, the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act, this legislation will be to preserve federal funds that continually support this critical work. I am pleased that NorCal Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing.”

“I applaud the award from this grant to NorCal Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing,” said Rep. Ami Bera, MD. “This grant will support its Newborn Hearing Screening Program to address the early language acquisition of deaf children. or with hearing difficulties. NorCal Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing has been a great activist for the Sacramento County community, they are empowering deaf and hard of hearing people throughout California. ”

Congressman Garamendi on the award: “I am pleased that NorCal Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing has received this well-deserved support to strengthen its services to the community. The organization will use these funds to educate, empower and advocate across our region. I am deeply grateful for the work that the people at NorCal Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing do every day, and I congratulate them on winning this push. ”

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