Colorado Resource Guide

Revised Edition 2005/2006

Spanish Guide :: Aqui en Espanol

This Spanish guide is out of date - Colorado will soon have a new updated version in January 09

“The need and right to communicate is the most fundamental of human rights.
To deny it is to harm the human spirit; to foster communication is to reveal all the
possibilities of life.” (National Deaf Education Project)



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Starting Out

Getting Started

Communication Choices

Questions about Amplification

Hearing Loss vs Effect

The Anatomy of the Ear

Audiogram of Familiar Sounds

Early Intervention
(Birth - 3)

EI Funding Sources Colorado

EI Funding Sources General

The Family Assessment

CoHear Regional Coordinators

EI Organizations

EI Providers and Educationsl Facilities

Pediatric Audiology Regional Coordinators

EI National Resources

Transition to Preschool


Deaf Child Bill of Rights

Communication Plan Guidelines

The Communication Plan

The IEP Checklist

Communication Plan FAQ

Parenting the Child Who Is Deaf or Hard of Hearing

State Resources - Organizations

State Resources - Service Providers

National Resources - Organizations

National Resources - Other Sources

Funding Sources



Terms and Definitions

This publication was developed by:
Colorado Families for Hands & Voices
And the
Colorado Department of Education

For Print Copies contact:
Colorado Families for Hands & Voices
P0 Box 3093
Boulder CO 80307
Toll free 1-866-422-0422


Colorado Dept of Education
Consultant, Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Special Education Unit

201 E Colfax Ave
Denver , CO 80203
(303) 866-6960
(Available in Spanish from CDE)
Special Thanks for this year's revision work to:
CO Hands & Voices Jeannene Evenstad, Valerie Walker, Sara Kennedy, Martha Fidrych, Janet DesGeorges, Leeanne Seaver

Colorado Academy of Audiology: Karen Carpenter, M.A.,
Colorado Dept. Of Health: Vickie Thomson
Colorado Home Intervention Program: Arlene Stredler Brown, M.A., Dinah Beams, M.A.
Colorado Dept. of Education: Cheryl Johnson, Ed.d
D/HH Consumer Consultant: Ann Pruitt


So you want to know about resources for the deaf and hard of hearing...

Then this Resource Guide is for you. Whether you're a parent who's just discovered your child has a hearing loss, or you're a teacher, a school administrator, an audiologist, or someone else related to the community of deaf and hard of hearing individuals, this booklet is for you.

Please use it to:

  • Connect families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing to each other for support.
  • Explore choices for communication methods that are presented in an unbiased way.
  • Find out about services and supports available to families and professionals.
  • Get information on resources for financial assistance.
  • Learn about the rights of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and how to advocate for them.
  • Discover community support systems, resources and programs.

As you look over this guide, you may come up with questions and ideas you haven't considered before as you play your role in enhancing the quality of life for a child with deafness or hearing loss. Remember--the options and decisions facing any family are theirs alone to make with information and support from professionals. There is no one "right" way when it comes to finding the program that will empower a child to success. His or her needs, as well as the needs of the family, will change with time and it's very important to see this all as a work in progress. Don't be afraid to remain open to new ideas, and even change your approach if necessary. And remember, research clearly shows that a communication choice should not be solely based on the degree of hearing loss.

For families of babies newly identified with deafness or hearing loss, an important first step is to get connected to other families like yours for information and support. We encourage you to join Colorado Families for Hands & Voices, a nonprofit, non-biased support system for families and professionals. You're not alone, and we can help.


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