Learn what we do, and how you can help
When we say BEGINNINGS supports parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing, what does that mean? Well, it means a lot of different things:
We teach parents about hearing, how the ear works, hearing loss, how to read an audiogram, about how language is learned, the different languages and communication modalities used by people who are deaf and hard of hearing, and about the choices parents will need to make to ensure their child acquires age-appropriate language.
We listen to parents talk about their journey, their concerns, their hopes and their goals. We want to know what it is they need from us so that they can help their child achieve success.
We connect families to necessary resources, from early intervention services to post-secondary school and Vocational Rehabilitation services. When a family needs financial help, we get them in touch with the appropriate organization. Our Grants to Parents program can help parents pay for items not typically covered by insurance: earmolds, batteries, transportation to appointments. We put families in contact with other families so they can talk to someone who has been in their shoes.
We empower parents to make decisions that are best for their child and their family, to advocate and ensure their child is receiving appropriate accommodations and/or services, and to become leaders in their community to teach others about the deaf and hard of hearing community. We attend school meetings with parents to help them articulate their concerns about their child’s education and to teach parents how to effectively participate in those meetings.
We guide North Carolina families until their child turns 22. We build long-term relationships with families so that whenever they encounter a situation in which they need help, they know they can turn to BEGINNINGS for that help.
We collaborate with other agencies and professionals throughout the state to improve access for parents and children and to improve outcomes for our students.
We work to work ourselves out of a job. Our goal is for families to learn these skills and be able to face new challenges without us, but that is not always possible. We are never farther than a phone call away, if they need us.
Help us make a difference in a life today. Join our Walk4Hearing team. Parents don’t need to walk this path alone.
Click here to join our team or make a donation. Thank you!