North Carolina Links
NC AG Bell – The NC AG Bell Mission Statement is to (1) serve as the state’s best source of information and support center for pediatric hearing loss and the auditory approach. (2) Educate parents, professionals, and the public about auditory approaches for hearing-impaired children, including auditory-oral, auditory-verbal and cued speech options. (3) Assist parents and professionals to ensure that children with hearing loss receive a free and appropriate education that meets their communication and academic needs.
Beginnings – BEGINNINGS for Parents of Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Inc., has served families as a non-profit organization, incorporated under the laws of NC since 1987. BEGINNINGS was established to provide emotional support and access to information as a central resource for families with deaf or hard of hearing children, ages birth through 21. BEGINNINGS provides an impartial approach to meeting the diverse needs of these families and the professionals who serve them. These services are also available to deaf parents who have hearing children. The mission of BEGINNINGS is to help parents be informed, empowered and supported as they make decisions about their child. In addition, BEGINNINGS is committed to providing technical assistance to professionals who work with these families to help the children achieve full participation in society.
NC Department of Health and Human Services – The Early Intervention Program for Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing provides services to children who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf/blind ages birth to three and their families. Concentrating on language and communication skill development, itinerant professionals provide family-centered intervention in home and daycare settings. When the child reaches three years of age, the program works to establish a smooth transition to the local education agency.
NC Department of Public Instruction – Find information regarding curricula, testing, data and statistics and more!
NC Department of Public Instruction/Exceptional Children – The mission of the Exceptional Children Division is to assure that students with disabilities and those who are academically or intellectually gifted develop mentally, physically, emotionally, and vocationally through the provision of an appropriate individualized education in the least restrictive environment.
NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation – The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services provides counseling, training, education, transportation, job placement, assistive technology and other support services. These services are provided to people with physical, psychiatric or intellectual disabilities and to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing or have other communicative disorders to assist them with living independently and with finding a job and staying on the job. The division (known to many simply as “VR”) has local field offices and facilities that serve every county in North Carolina. We also directly serve businesses and other organizations by referring to them individuals we have helped prepare for employment and who are well-matched for jobs with these organizations.
NC Pediatric Society – The mission of the North Carolina Pediatric Society is to improve the health and well-being of children and their families and communities through the collective efforts of its membership, and to provide an organization for member support, professional communication, education and fellowship.
Family Support Network NC – Family Support Network of North Carolina promotes and provides support for families with children who have special needs. Families are in a unique position to offer information and support to other families. An experienced family member can share the most practical advice and help a parent navigate the complex service system. Having support can make it easier for families to experience the joy and satisfaction that can come from parenting a child with special needs. This Parent-to-Parent support is available through local, affiliated Family Support Network programs across the state and through the Central Directory of Resources.
Triad Hitch-Up – A parent-run group intended to support the families of children with hearing loss in the North Carolina Triad area, in a relaxed and family-centered environment. Through monthly meetings, invited speakers, and regular social gatherings, we strive to provide informational, emotional, and social support to maximize the potential of children with hearing loss. In addition, we hope to be an outlet through which children with all degrees of hearing loss, and their siblings, parents and extended families can meet and spend time with others in similar situations. Triad Hitch-Up welcomes and actively supports families and children with hearing loss regardless of their chosen mode of communication.
Triangle Area Hitch-Up – Triangle Area Hitch-Up was founded on the premise that parents, given accurate information about hearing loss, could make sound decisions for their child. These decisions involve placement, communication methodology, and related service needs. Members are committed to sharing information in a family-centered atmosphere to facilitate active involvement of parents in their child’s social, emotional, and educational growth. Triangle Area Hitch-Up actively assists and supports parents of deaf or hard of hearing children regardless of their chosen mode of communication.
The group meets once a month on the first Tuesday of each month from 7pm-9pm at Providence Baptist Church located at 6339 Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh.
Childcare is provided by UNC Audiology students at no charge. Prior notice of childcare need is required.
Meetings are an informal gathering of parents who share their experiences and concerns, and answer questions for each other. Guest speakers, who are professionals in the field, are invited for presentations on relevant topics.