June 22, 2020
We have two new task forces being formed. One for deaf and hard of hearing adults and one for families of deaf and hard of hearing children. See below for more information and sign up!
June 2020 – Both the English and Spanish editions below have ASL video accessible by clicking the titles of each section!
Junio 2020- las versiones en inglés y el español tienen vídeos en ASL solo haz clic en el título de cada boletín para verlos!
Plain text versions of the newsletter is available below.
Abajo se encuentra el boletín en las versiones en texto sin formato.
April 22, 2020
Dear Colorado Early Hearing Detection and Intervention stakeholders,
As co-principal investigators of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) grant program from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2024, the Colorado Commission for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind (CCDHHDB) and the Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Early Childhood (OEC) Early Intervention (EI) Program are committed to sharing the below.
The attachment, generated by HRSA, is comprised of the online grant application we submitted on November 8, 2019. We believe that it is valuable for us to share our four-year grant work with the EHDI stakeholders in Colorado while we, together, refresh the EHDI system. This will be the first of many documents (i.e., sustainability statement, work plan, reports) we intend to share with the stakeholders of Colorado EHDI. It is a shared responsibility for all of us.
Our grant work as outlined is not set in stone in what we will be doing. Prior to the official email of the Notice of Award (NOA) by HRSA on March 7, 2020, we were asked to submit our revised budget for clarity purposes and again, after the NOA, we were asked to submit a revised budget within the HRSA template and a revised budget narrative. These are a couple of examples of how our grant application has already evolved over a short period of time. Please be advised that several pieces of the information you are about to review are already revised and that there is flexibility for us to mold our EHDI system within the parameters of our grant application.
CCDHHDB and CDHS OEC EI Program were grateful for the key EHDI stakeholders who joined the force in developing the grant application for its submission in November 2019. Those involved in the EHDI research, plan brainstorming, budgeting, and grant application writing were: Katie Cue, Organizational Development Consultant; Arlene Stredler-Brown, Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder; Ashley Renslow, Early Education Consultant at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind; and Amy Novotny, Director of the Rocky Mountain Deaf School. This group, along with the arrival of Heather Abraham as EHDI Family Support and Engagement Coordinator, has since been converted into a core team supporting a larger Colorado EHDI Alliance and its mission.
We, together, will continue to shape our beautiful state of Colorado’s EHDI system into an effective, seamless, and resourceful system for families with deaf and hard-of-hearing infants, toddlers, and young children, ages birth through three. It is them and only them who deserve an effective, seamless, and resourceful EHDI system.
If you have questions about the grant application, please contact either Cliff Moers, Director of CCDHHDB, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-457-3679, or Christy Scott, Director of CDHS OEC EI Program, at email@example.com or 303-866-5948.
April 15, 2020
The Colorado Commission for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind (CCDHHDB) and the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) Office of Early Childhood (OEC) Early Intervention (EI) Program were recently awarded the four-year federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resource and Services Administration (HRSA) to support Colorado’s Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) system.
While the grant may have changed hands, our primary goal remains the same – to ensure continuity of services for children who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families. Attached is a document providing more detail and outlining current referral processes for children to ensure they and their families continue to have access to early intervention/Part C services. Also attached is a current list of CO-Hear contacts and the counties they serve.
Please distribute widely to other partners and stakeholders.
Early Intervention Program Director
Below are two PDFs (downloadable) that outline the Interim Referral Process as well as a directory of CO-Hear County assignments and their contact information.
On April 1, 2020, we officially launched our Colorado Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) grant. See below for a letter shared by our Project Directors, Cliff Moers and Christy Scott. The letter is available in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language format. There are two videos, one in English and one in Spanish. In the meantime, our website is still being developed so stay tuned.
En 1 de abril de 2020, lanzamos oficialmente la beca de la detección y la intervención temprana para la perdida auditiva de Colorado (EHDI). Lo siguiente es una carta compartida por nuestros directores del proyecto Cliff Moers y Christy Scott. La carta se presenta en ingles, español y el lenguaje de señas de los EEUU. Hay dos videos, uno en ingles y uno en español. Por en cuanto, estamos desarrollando el sitio de web.