Each month, PharPoint Research selects a non-profit to support through fund-raising and awareness building to aid in research and/or resource development. Also known as our Working Together for Change campaign, this company-wide initiative is dedicated to serving communities in need. During the month of March, PharPoint is working to give back to Beginnings, a non-profit for parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing that helps parents and families understand hearing loss and the diverse needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Hearing loss is one of the most common birth defects. Nearly three out of every 1,000 children are born with a permanent hearing loss and another two or three in 1,000 will develop hearing loss later. By identifying a hearing loss early in a child’s life, families can help ensure age-appropriate development. Most children born with hearing loss have parents with typical hearing. A parent who has not previously been exposed to hearing loss may not understand the consequences for their child and their family.
Help and Hope
In the first few months after learning of a hearing loss, parents and families face an overwhelming number of choices. The decisions parents make will have an impact on their child’s emotional and language development. It is important for parents to understand the challenges of hearing loss, the resources available, and the many pathways to a happy and successful adulthood.
Beginnings provides families with accurate and objective information so they can make the best decisions for their child and family.
Beginnings remains in contact with families as children transition from early intervention to preschool, and along the sometimes confusing paths through elementary, middle and high schools. They are there to help parents at all times understand available options and to become their child’s best advocate.
Beginnings collaborates with state agencies and organizations and serves on state and national committees, representing parents of children with hearing loss. Every day in North Carolina, they meet with parents and professionals to improve children’s lives.
Free Services Offered
Beginnings provides free services to North Carolina residents who are:
- Children – birth to age 22 – who are deaf or hard of hearing
- Parents or caregivers of children who are deaf or hard of hearing
- Professionals who serve these families
Beginnings helps parents understand:
- Hearing test results
- Communication strategies
- Amplification options
- Language and speech development
- How to implement strategies for school success
- Education law
- Programs and resources available to their family
Interested in contributing to Beginnings to help support their programs? Your contribution to Beginnings will support education, training, publications and outreach for families of children who are who are deaf or hard of hearing and educators/professionals in the field of deafness.
You can also join Beginnings as they celebrate 30 Years of Guidance for New Journeys by attending the Annual Spring Gala and Auction. The event will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 6:00pm-8:30pm at The Umstead Hotel in Cary, NC. Tickets can be purchased online at http://ncbegin.org/events/ or by calling (800) 541-4327.
For another chance to give back, join Beginnings at the Celebrate Sound Charity Walk in Raleigh as they walk with the Sertoma Club of Raleigh and the Capital City Sertoma Club on March 25, 2017 to raise awareness and funding. These clubs have made it possible for Beginnings to help families in the area pay for items not covered by insurance, such as ear molds, batteries, and the cost of traveling to doctor appointments.
Have you or someone you know been helped through the services of Beginnings? Please share your experience in the comments below.