BEGINNINGS SC provides critically important tools to ensure that children receive appropriate supports, and professionals receive training to increase the existing capacity in their own agencies and organizations.  Professionals with the understanding and knowledge of the impact of hearing and how to provide interventions are able to support the social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral growth in children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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BEGINNINGS SC provides a lifeline to a huge population of infants, toddlers, and youth who have an invisible disability – deafness or loss of hearing. The importance, not only of early intervention, but also an understanding of options – whether for parents, teachers, or pediatricians – is critically important. Support for the family and teacher can make the difference between a confident, successful adult and one who never reaches his or her full cognitive development.

American with Disabilities Act 1990

IDEA 2004: Information and the law that sets up Part C, or Early Intervention

IDEA 2004: Regulations and information about Part B, or the laws that govern children in Special Education in schools

Section 504 of the Rehab Act of 1973

Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (Recommendations about early intervention for deaf and hard of hearing children): 2007 Position Statement and the Supplement to the JCIH 2007 Position Statement (2013)

Early Childhood Hearing Screening Outreach: Information and recommendations for hearing screening

Interested in Technical Assistance and Training on Hearing Loss?

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Interested in Hearing Screenings for Your Child Care Program?

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Why is Hearing Loss Awareness so Vital?

Incidence

Out of every 1,000 babies born, two have permanent hearing loss. By the age of six, six out of every 1,000 will have permanent hearing loss. (Bamford et.al, 2007) But out of all school-age children, 1 out of every 100 have a permanent hearing loss. (White, 2010)

Invisible Needs

There are an estimated 10,800 students with permanent hearing loss across South Carolina—yet only 1,115 children are identified as deaf or hard of hearing on their IEP through the Department of Education. (Child Count, 2011 SC Summary)
Where are the rest? And how are their needs being addressed?

1 out of 5

At the end of the third grade, only 20% of students with hearing loss can read at the third grade level. 

Growing Brains

Thirty-five percent of preschool children with ear infections experience significant hearing loss with the infection. (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2007)