about Statewide Outreach Services
Families navigating the complex system of care between newborn hearing screening, diagnosis, early intervention and family support services need and deserve access to all information and resources, regardless of where they live. Texas has several statewide outreach services that may be of interest to your family regardless of whether you are in the early stages of finding out about your child’s hearing loss, or whether you are further down the road but have an interest in learning about an outreach service you haven’t accessed yet.
The following organizations and programs provide statewide outreach services in Texas:
The Educational Resource Center on Deafness (ERCOD) provides information, resources and statewide outreach services to professionals and families of children with hearing loss, birth to 22. Materials, information, and interactive support are available online. Workshops, consultations and parent support are available by contacting 512-462-5329 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Texas Hands & Voices is a chapter of the nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families and their children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as the professionals who serve them. The organization is a parent-driven, parent/professional/community collaborative group that is unbiased towards communication modes and methods. Its diverse membership includes those families whose children are deaf or hard of hearing, who communicate orally, with signs, cue and/or combined methods. The organization exists to help children who are deaf or hard of hearing reach their highest potential.
Texas Hands & Voices is driven by the need to improve the educational outcomes and quality of life for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The organization offers outreach services through Chapter resources, workshops and events, the Guide By Your Side Program, a website and Facebook page, and newsletters. For more information, please call 936-463-8948 or via email email@example.com.
Education Service Center Region 11 (ESC 11) provides leadership, staff development, consultation and technical assistance through the statewide ESC deaf and hard of hearing network. ESC 11 assists regional day school programs for the deaf (RDSPD) and local school districts with the development and implementation of comprehensive early intervention services to families of infants and toddlers with hearing loss and instructional programs for preschool age through high school age students for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
ESC 11 works to promote practices and protocols that support a comprehensive statewide system of coordinated services between newborn hearing screening programs, audiology and otolaryngology services, medical home services, local early childhood intervention programs, RDSPDs, Texas School for the Deaf and local school districts.
Workshops, consultations and technical assistance are available by contacting Susie Tiggs at 817-740-7580 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Texas Association of Parents and Educators for the Deaf (T.A.P.E.D.) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families, educators, and communities by collaborating to ensure excellence, equality, and success for all students, birth – 22, who are deaf or hard of hearing. TAPED hosts a biennial statewide conference with an array of workshops for families, professionals and the community. For more information on this conference, known as the Biennial Statewide Conference on Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, please visit www.swced.org.
The Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (TEHDI) Program oversees the state’s newborn hearing screening program and provides information and resources to families and professionals related to hearing screening and follow-up care. For more information on the TEHDI Program, please visit www.dshs.state.tx.us/tehdi.