This project will build a library of specialized educational materials for non-English speaking families whose child is deaf or hard of hearing, and learning to use listening and spoken language to communicate.
Most babies who are born deaf or hard of hearing can learn to listen and talk. This can be achieved through early identification of hearing loss, use of high-tech digital hearing aids/cochlear implants, and specialized coaching of families to integrate listening and spoken language in a playful, developmentally appropriate way to make their child successful. This project will enable us to translate vital information into each family's home language, better ensuring great outcomes.
Funding will enable Listen and Talk to translate all vital educational materials into each family's home language, and in turn, be able to more equitably serve families whose home language is not English. Families will be better prepared to help their child as they learn how to communicate in both their home language(s) and in English.
This project will help provide more equitable supports to approximately 100 families each year served by Listen and Talk. Families will be empowered to raise their child in their home language(s) and enable the child to be fully integrated into their home-culture and in the wider community.