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NEW STATE PROGRAM TO AID DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING CHILDREN

ISDH CDHHE is pleased to announce the Hearing Aid Assistance Program of Indiana to assist families with school age children who are deaf and hard of hearing by providing hearing aids when other coverage is not available. Please visit the HAAPI website for more information at www.haapindiana.org

To view the recent press release sent out to the media on Monday, March 14, 2016, click here.

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INDIANA DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING TRANSITION DAY

INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Deaf and Hard of Hearing Transition Alliance hosted and had a packed-fill Transition day at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Farm Bureau Building for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing high school students on March 4, 2016. This exciting event featured Tawny Holmes, Esq. as the keynote speaker, Rosa Lee of "The Rosa Lee Show", the Vibrations Performance Troupe show and several presentations. To be on the mailing list for next year event, email IndianaDHHTransition@gmail.com. 

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CHRISTINE MOODY NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
OF INDIANA CENTER FOR DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING EDUCATION

INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana State Department of Health has named former Indiana resident Christine Moody executive director of the Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education (CDHHE).  

“Christine has a strong background in education and support for deaf and hard-of-hearing families,” said State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H. “As a former Indiana resident and the mother of a 2012 graduate of the Indiana School for the Deaf, she understands the issues that are important to parents, professionals and members of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community across our state and will be a vital resource as we move the Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education forward.”

Ms. Moody has a bachelor of science in biology from Duke University and a master’s of public health in health services management from UCLA. She has 16 years of experience in early intervention, deaf education and parent support. Ms. Moody began her career teaching and interpreting in deaf education classrooms in schools in Las Vegas and coordinated Early Intervention Services for deaf and hard-of-hearing children in 15 counties for the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Pittsburgh. She worked with Indiana Hands & Voices from 2010 to 2012 and has been program coordinator for the Texas Hands & Voices Guide by Your Side program since 2012.

“I am honored to accept the position as executive director of the Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education and look forward to reconnecting with many of those in Indiana who have been instrumental in creating the center,” Ms. Moody said. “As the parent of a child who is deaf and through my work, I have developed a broad understanding of the issues that are important to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. I am committed to the mission of the center and to ensuring that families have the information they need to make the choices that are right for them.”

Ms. Moody began her work on Jan. 4, 2016. 

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The Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education (CDHHE) was established in 2012 with the purpose “to support parental choice, including the full continuum of communication options (including American sign language, other forms of sign language, cued speech, listening and spoken language (oral), or any combination of these skills)” and with the goal “to ensure that children who are deaf and children who are hard of hearing acquire optimal language skills and academic abilities, regardless of the mode of communication used” (IC 20-35-11).