A quartet: three images and a piece of text. First, a Black woman sits at the back of a reading circle, watching as toddlers participate in a book being read by a kneeling woman of color. Next, a very young blonde girl peers into the screen of an assistive device, pointing at something on the screen. She wears a hot pink down vest, a white tshirt, and a shell-pink hearing aid tucked behind one ear. And then a young white boy stands in front of a chalkboard, smiling proudly and signing the ASL 'i'.

Meet the CDCI CARES Team: providing Consultation for Access, Resources, and Equipment Support to students who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or DeafBlind (DHHDB) and their school teams. 

We've answered some additional questions on the new program here and we invite you to find out more about our new name .

The goal is to help all students aged 3-22 with hearing loss access services and receive positive and inclusive education.

To reach this goal we will:

  1. Provide free consultation to schools for the 2021-2022 schoolyear. Every student team will have access to experienced, licensed, educational audiologists and teachers for students who are DHHDB.
  2. Host bi-monthly discussions for service providers inVermont. Sessions will focus on data, research and best practices, and resource sharing.
  3. Collect and share statewide data on students who are DHHDB. Needed to make informed decisions and to comply with national guidelines.

A full menu of services offered for the 2021-2022 school year can be found here.

This program is rooted in:

  • Serving all students regardless of the degree or nature of their hearing loss.
  • Engagement with students, parents, caregivers, and families.
  • Support for all communication choices.
  • Support for the creative use of technology to ensure access.
  • Transparency and accountability.
  • Work with us

    The CDCI CARES Team will be guided in our work by an advisory group, consisting of students who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind (DHHDB), parents or caregivers of children who are DHHDB, school professionals working with students who are DHHDB, as well as community members who are DHHDB. We're also looking for volunteers for our professional working group.

    Find out more

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