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Beyond NIDCD: News from Other Organizations

Educational Opportunity for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Service Providers

First Years, a distance-learning program administered by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, offers a certificate in auditory learning for young children with hearing loss. This new program is committed to enhancing the knowledge and skills of professionals practicing in deaf education, speech-language pathology, audiology, and early intervention. The program is now accepting applications (with a May 14 deadline) for a new class beginning this fall. For detailed information about the program, visit First Years’ Web site, or contact Kathryn Wilson, program director, at

The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) Sponsors Two Workshops

Apraxia-KIDS Every Child Deserves a Voice

This spring, CASANA is sponsoring two hands-on workshops. Participants will learn the most recent information on childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), and will develop a CAS assessment protocol. Videotaped examples of children in treatment will be used to highlight therapy ideas and suggestions for carryover outside of the treatment setting. The workshops are: Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Assessment and Intervention on April 16 at Villanova University in Villanova, Pa.; and Childhood Apraxia of Speech: New Perspectives for Assessment and Treatment on April 30 at the Colorado Christian University in Denver, Colo.

For more information, contact Kathy Bauer, education director, at or call at (412) 343-7102.

NIOSH and NHCA Present 2010 Safe-in-Sound Awards

Safe In Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Award

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in partnership with the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA), announced the recipients of the 2010 Safe-in-Sound Excellence in Hearing Loss Prevention Awards at the 35th Annual Hearing Conservation Conference in Orlando, Fla.

The award honors hearing loss prevention programs in the construction, manufacturing, and service sectors. It also recognizes individuals or organizations for innovation in hearing loss prevention and dedication to fostering and implementing new and unique advances in the prevention of hearing loss. This year’s awardees were: Etymotic Research, Inc.; the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. (PB); and Dr. Kris Chesky and the College of Music, University of North Texas. For further information visit Safe-in-Sound on the Web.

New Resources from the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

NCDB offers new products free of charge on the Web, including:

  • Assessing Communication and Learning in Young Children Who Are Deafblind or Who Have Multiple Disabilities,by Charity Rowland, Ed.
  • Practice Perspectives: Teaching Prelinguistic Communication. Find it on the Web in English and Spanish. 
  • Deaf-Blind Perspectives, Volume 17, Issue 1, by NCBD. Features articles about interveners (paraprofessionals for children who are deaf-blind), social networking sites for youth who are deaf-blind, and a group of young adults with deaf-blindness who visited the White House and met President Obama. Find it on the Web.

For print copies, call (800) 438-9376 or (800) 854-7013 (TTY), or Email

Last Updated Date: 
June 7, 2010