Friday, March 22, 2013
Her family began the road to finding information and gaining access to listening and communication from the moment their daughter was born.
There are many children in the area I live that have family looking for information. The more we know, the more information we can share, and the more sharing, the more people will know. Kinda' like 'it takes a village' -
only in this case - 'it takes social media'.
This young lady was diagnosed at birth with a hearing impairment. There are other children, because of newborn hearing screenings, also diagnosed with hearing impairments; but yea! for the screenings, otherwise how long would little ones go without the parents knowing their baby is not hearing.
Two to three of every 1,000 children in the United States are born deaf or hard-of-hearing, and more lose their hearing later during childhood, according to US Dept./National Institute for Health.
Why is this important? Listening/hearing is the first crucial step to developing language and communicating, so early detection and identification of any type of hearing loss with newborns is crucial! Next important step, intervention, which means fitting that newborn with aids that will benefit them and get them on the road to hearing. Habilitation with therapies for parents and baby goes along with that - and..... that is the short version!
There is a group; when parents are looking for answers, that they can get in touch with, and this group can point them in the right direction. A group with parents that have experienced many of the same questions and will share information. A group where parents can have someone to call or text or talk one-on-one.
En Voz Alta is that group in the greater El Paso Texas area. http://umcfoundationelpaso.org/
What else does En Voz Alta do? So glad you asked - the group has started the task of identifying those who cannot afford hearing aids (for various reasons) for their child, or who need some help getting parts or repairs for hearing aids (for various reasons). We all know how much technology costs - hearing aids are no different. With that being said - the piece of paper in that little cutie's hand - is information on the neatest fundraiser that En Voz Alta holds in order to gain funds for the hearing aid bank.
'Jewelry for a Voice' is an evening of fun in silent auction for beautiful jewelry pieces. April 20th, 2013 from 6-9PM is the date. Come have a relaxing evening with a little bit of food, a little bit of music, and some of the most beautiful jewelry pieces in silent auction from artisans and jewelry companies in the area. I'm looking forward to it - How about you?
Go to the Contact link for En Voz Alta at the link provided above and get more information for tickets -