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Indiana State Department of Health

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INTRODUCING NEW FAMILY AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION LIAISON

Please join CDHHE in welcoming Sandra Lerman as the Family and Community Education Liaison.  Her role at CDHHE will fulfill this aspect of the legislation which created the center and the resulting Transition Plan and the family support goal of the CDHHE strategic plan.

Specifically, the Center will provide comprehensive family support for children birth through school exit:  to ensure that resources and information are shared with families in a comprehensive, unbiased and consistent manner that supports informed parent and student choice; to ensure that appropriate family supports are available to all families through formal family support programming provided by appropriately trained professionals, parents of children/students who are deaf and hard of hearing and individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing; to educate parents through information sharing, support and modeling so parents will understand the critical role a parent has in their child’s development and education as well as creating avenues to success in reaching their desired outcomes.

Sandra is a parent of a deaf/hard of hearing child.  She is trilingual (English, Spanish and ASL) and culturally proficient. She brings experience as a teacher and educational leader in language and literacy to include teaching deaf and hard of hearing students, teaching English as a Second Language for hearing students and adult literacy for deaf and hard of hearing adults.  She also has experience as an educational interpreter for K-12 and university settings.

Sandra will be report to Christine Moody and will be responsible for developing this important aspect of the center which will include: being the state contact for parents; developing parent information, resources and support programming; expanding parent engagement (social media, blog, website, outreach), acting as the assessment team parent liaison, and many other duties as time allows.

“We are so excited to develop this new role for CDHHE and that we have found Sandra to take the lead as our new Family and Community Education Liaison,” says Christine Moody, Director of CDHHE.

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NEW STATE PROGRAM TO AID DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING CHILDREN

ISDH CDHHE is pleased to announce the Hearing Aid Assistance Program of Indiana to assist families with school age children who are deaf and hard of hearing by providing hearing aids when other coverage is not available. Please visit the HAAPI website for more information at www.haapindiana.org

To view the recent press release sent out to the media on Monday, March 14, 2016, click here.

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CHRISTINE MOODY NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
OF INDIANA CENTER FOR DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING EDUCATION

INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana State Department of Health has named former Indiana resident Christine Moody executive director of the Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education (CDHHE).

“Christine has a strong background in education and support for deaf and hard-of-hearing families,” said State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, M.D., M.P.H. “As a former Indiana resident and the mother of a 2012 graduate of the Indiana School for the Deaf, she understands the issues that are important to parents, professionals and members of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community across our state and will be a vital resource as we move the Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education forward.”

Ms. Moody has a bachelor of science in biology from Duke University and a master’s of public health in health services management from UCLA. She has 16 years of experience in early intervention, deaf education and parent support. Ms. Moody began her career teaching and interpreting in deaf education classrooms in schools in Las Vegas and coordinated Early Intervention Services for deaf and hard-of-hearing children in 15 counties for the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Pittsburgh. She worked with Indiana Hands & Voices from 2010 to 2012 and has been program coordinator for the Texas Hands & Voices Guide by Your Side program since 2012.

“I am honored to accept the position as executive director of the Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education and look forward to reconnecting with many of those in Indiana who have been instrumental in creating the center,” Ms. Moody said. “As the parent of a child who is deaf and through my work, I have developed a broad understanding of the issues that are important to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. I am committed to the mission of the center and to ensuring that families have the information they need to make the choices that are right for them.”

Ms. Moody began her work on Jan. 4, 2016.

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The Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education (CDHHE) was established in 2012 with the purpose “to support parental choice, including the full continuum of communication options (including American sign language, other forms of sign language, cued speech, listening and spoken language (oral), or any combination of these skills)” and with the goal “to ensure that children who are deaf and children who are hard of hearing acquire optimal language skills and academic abilities, regardless of the mode of communication used” (IC 20-35-11).