Early Hearing Detection and Intervention

The goal of the Virginia Early Hearing Detection and Intervention program is to identify congenital hearing loss in children before three months of age and to assure enrollment in intervention services before six months of age.

The Virginia Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program provides information and referral to families regarding newborn hearing screening, follow-up testing, and early intervention services.

  • What to do if your child does not pass the hearing screening?- See Video
  • Does your child need a follow-up appointment? Review Next Steps to take for your child’s Follow-Up.
  • Has your child been diagnosed with a hearing loss? Review resources available for you and your child.

Sundaes on Sunday

Good afternoon friends and members of Virginia Hands & Voices,

It brings us great pleasure to announce our first-ever, regional, in-person event at three separate locations - Chantilly, Fredericksburg and Glen Allen.

Grab a fall jacket and come join us in a region near you for Sundaes on Sunday on
Sunday, October 24 from 3:00-5:00 pm. Members of our Board will be gathering across the state at three different area parks to share some ice cream and fall fun! All attendees will receive free ice cream as a 'Welcome Back" to our in-person events after a long season of virtual-only offerings.

This is a community building event. If you are a parent of a deaf or hard of hearing child or teen, a professional who supports deaf and hard of hearing children, or if you are a deaf/hard of hearing adult...you are all welcome!

To find out more details and register for each event, please visit https://vahvregionalicecream.eventbrite.com. Admission is free, but you must register to attend. As always, if you require an ASL Interpreter or Cued Language Transliterator, please indicate that while registering.

Ellanor C Lawrence Pond Shelter (Chantilly)

Old Mill Park (Fredericksburg)
Date/Time: Sunday, October 24 from 12:00-2:00pm

Twin Hickory Park (Glen Allen)
Date/Time: Sunday, October 24 from 3:00-4:30pm

Please let us know if you have any questions and we look forward to seeing you soon - no Zoom link required!

Families to Families Halloween Fun

Saturday, Oct. 30th, 2021!

Please share! Families with deaf and hard of hearing children are invited to a morning of Halloween Fun on Saturday, October 30 outside at Church of the Good Shepherd's outdoor lot, "Shirland Forest" at 7400 Hampton Blvd.,
Norfolk, VA. 23505 at 10 AM.

COME IN COSTUME! All are welcome. Please RSVP to lizzyad@msn.com

Guide for DHH Plus Released!

New Resource Guide for Families of Children who are D/HH Plus!

“Connecting Families of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Plus (DHH Plus) with Resources and Support” was developed by the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Parent to Parent Committee, for families who have children who are DHH Plus, because we know that supporting our child’s ability to reach their individual potential is at the heart of the issue in the journey of raising a child who is DHH Plus. Knowing that approximately 35-40% (Gallaudet Research Institute, 2011) of children who are DHH also have additional/other needs, the combined effect of hearing loss with additional needs presents a unique and complex challenge to professionals and parents.

The purpose of this guide is to ensure that:

  • Your family knows how, where, and why to access expertise, resources and information for your child who is DHH Plus.
  • To share information about the benefits and availability of connections to other families and adults who are DHH Plus, so you know you are not alone.
  • To assert your right to have high expectations for your child.