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Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI 02908, 401-456-8072

RI Early Intervention Training and Technical Assistance Project

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Supporting Infants and Toddlers who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

The Early Intervention Community of Practice group is comprised of Early Intervention providers working with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. This group receives focused professional development and works closely with community partners to meet the needs of children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and their families.

Parents/Caregivers of children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing are encouraged to choose from one of the EI agencies who participate in the Community of Practice. These include:
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RI Early Intervention has cultivated strong partnerships with the RI School for the Deaf, The Northern RI Collaborative Auditory-Oral Program, and Perspectives Corporation Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services.

RI Early Intervention provides families with unbiased information on amplification and communication options. We know that early exposure to a first language that is fully accessible (such as ASL) encourages the development of language skills and provides opportunities to development critical thinking and complex reasoning skills that can be applied to literacy development in a second language (such as English)*.

*Source: Visual Language and Visual Learning Science of Learning Center. (2012, June). The Benefits of Bilingualism (Research Brief No. 7). Washington, DC: Sarah Fish and Jill P. Morford.

Referral Forms
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Donna Rizzo, I Hear It
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NRIC Auditory Oral Program Referral Form
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Perspectives Corporation Early Intervention Referral Form
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RI Family Sign Language Initiative
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RI School for the Deaf Parent Infant Partner Referral Form
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