Gallaudet University has entered into a five-year, $3.75 million cooperative agreement with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to establish the new Implementation and Change Center within the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) National Network.  

Known as the “National Beacon Center for Early Language System Accountability and Data,” this Center is one of three national technical assistance centers funded to advance EHDI systems of services nationwide so that deaf and hard of hearing newborns, infants, and young children up to age 3 receive appropriate supports and timely services to improve language acquisition outcomes. Gallaudet University joins Hands and Voices, serving as the Family Leadership in Language and Learning Center, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, serving as the Provider Education Center, in this collective effort.  

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Tawny Holmes Hlibok, ’05 & G-’10

The National Beacon Center, led by Tawny Holmes Hlibok, ’05 & G-’10, will support EHDI programs throughout the United States, as well as the nation’s system of services for deaf and hard of hearing children. The Center will work with HRSA and all EHDI stakeholders to ensure that families have access to accurate, comprehensive, up-to-date, and evidence-based information to allow families to make important decisions for their children in a timely manner including decisions with respect to the full range of assistive hearing technologies and communication modalities.  

The Center will serve state EHDI programs, EHDI professionals, medical and allied health professionals, early intervention providers; and diverse families of deaf and hard of hearing children through consultation, webinars, regional summits, and ongoing training, education, and technical assistance. 

“Gallaudet University is honored to work with the Maternal Child Health Bureau and to be partnering on this important endeavor with MCHB and the many trained professionals and experts throughout the nation,” said President Cordano. 

Read the official news release.

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