established by JCIH and the federal Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) guidelines. This delay is primarily due to a lack of understanding as to the urgency of specialized contacts. Training and an examination of current state standards are essential steps in correcting this detrimental situation.
Rationale The goal of families having access to providers who have specialized knowledge and skills is not new. Several JCIH (2007) goals touch upon this critical topic:
JCIH Goal 2- All children who are D/HH and their families experience timely access to service coordinators who have specialized knowledge and skills related to working with individuals who are D/HH.
The individual needs specialized knowledge and experience related to: •Infancy/early childhood •Educational strategies for young children who are D/HH and their families •Parent counseling •Development of signed and/or spoken language •Auditory skill development •Cognitive development •Social-emotional development
JCIH Goal 3- All D/HH children from birth through 3 years of age and their families have ED [Early Development] providers who have professional qualifications and core knowledge and skills to optimize their development and well-being. JCIH Goal 12- All children who are D/HH and their families are assured of fidelity in the implementation of the intervention they receive.
This NM Task Force goal also aligns with the intent of the New Mexico Deaf Child’s Bill of Rights, the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD) Standards, the National Agenda Goals 1.1 through 1.7, and the joint NM Department of Health’s (DOH)-NMSD Letter and Protocol (NMSD, 2016
Recommendations New Mexico key stakeholders (the New Mexico School for the Deaf, the DOH Family Infant Toddler Program and the DOH Children’s Medical Services) will:
→ Update and re-train potential referral agents on formal guidance from the NM Department of Health that
→ Update the DOH Developmental Disabilities Supports Division (DDSD) FIT Service Definitions and Standards
→ Provide training and formal notification on established state protocol to ensure that the general early
→ Have in place Family Service Coordinators and other first interveners who are knowledgeable of all services
→ Develop fidelity standards through such measures as endorsements and specialized training certificates
→ Create assurance measures that will guarantee the full array of information and services made available to
supports earliest possible access to specialized service providers is in place to reflect JCIH recommendations
intervention community is knowledgeable about state guidance and procedures
and supports available and explore these options with families including the establishment of specialized training programs
families include access to deaf and/or hard of hearing adults and other parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing
New Mexico Task Force for Education for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Children & Youth