New Resources from NIDCD
NIDCD 2005 Information Resource Directory
NIDCD's 2005 Information Resource Directory features nearly 150 organizations committed to preventing communication disorders or to improving the lives of people who have disorders of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language. The directory also includes a special section on federal organizations that provide information or assistance related to communication disorders. Each organization is identified by up-to-date contact information as well as a short description that explains its scope and mission. To order a free copy of the newly updated directory, contact the NIDCD Information Clearinghouse toll-free at (800) 241-1044 (voice) or (800) 241-1055 (TTY). An online directory, which offers a keyword search feature, is also available at www.nidcd.nih.gov/directory/.
WISE EARS!® CD Toolkit
NIDCD has available a compact disc (CD) that contains all the materials available from WISE EARS!®, including fact sheets, brochures, games, posters, and even radio scripts. Many printed materials are in both English and Spanish, and all are provided in PDF format for reproduction by physicians, advocacy organizations, teachers, and others who can help promote hearing and prevent noise-induced hearing loss. Contact the NIDCD Information Clearinghouse at (800) 241-1044 (voice) or (800) 241-1055 (TTY) for your free CD.
New Middle-School Curriculum on Hearing
Visit NIDCD's "Information for Educators and Student Activities" Web page at www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/education/ to access "How Your Brain Understands What Your Ear Hears," an online science curriculum supplement for grades 7–8. Developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and NIDCD, this supplement brings cutting-edge medical science and basic research discoveries into the classroom. The online module consists of lesson plans, which are accessed through the Teacher's Guide section of the Web site, and interactive, multimedia student activities, which are accessed through the Student Activities page. The curriculum complements existing life science curricula at both the state and local levels and is consistent with National Science Education Standards.