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The Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education serves all children ages birth through school exit who reside in Indiana.  The Center provides assessment, services, information and recommendations related to communication, language development, and education of deaf and hard of hearing children, following children across time with parent permission.  The Center also works with early intervention programs and schools for positive long-term outcomes.

The Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education was established through Indiana Code 20-35-11 by the Indiana General Assembly.   Through the Center, the Indiana State Department of Health works with families and professionals to ensure that children receive important follow-up and other services.

Available Services:

  • Audiology
  • Family Support
  • Early Intervention
  • Educational Consultations
  • School Program Reviews
  • Teacher of Record (TOR) Services
  • Multidisciplinary Assessments (Psycho-Educational, Languae/Communication, Social/Developmental, Grossmotor, Finemotor and Sensory functions as needed.)
  • Technical Assistance (e.g. IEP support, educational interpreting consultation, observations)
  • Transition Assistance (Part C to Part B and Post-Secondary)


Click here for an important announcement about expanded eligibility for hearing aids through the HAAPI program: HAPPI

Upcoming Events Sponsored by the Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education

First Friday FOCUS:  Families Online for Community, Understanding, and Support:  First Friday of Each Month   Join us online for a "Today's Meet" chat group.  Takes place on the First Friday of each month from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.    Chat is anonymous; none of your personal information is visible unless you choose to share.  To join the chat, visit our Facebook page at, and click the posted link.  LIKE our Facebook page for announcements about First Friday FOCUS Group and other family events! If you are not on Facebook, contact Sandra Lerman to obtain login info in advance:;  317-232-2826.

Jan 6 First Friday FOCUS Topic:  IFSP/ IEP Planning
Feb 3, 2017 First Friday FOCUS Topic:  Encouraging Independence and Self Advocacy

Parent and Child Playgroup:   First Saturday of Each Month  (Schedule may vary due to holidays).  Come together to meet with other families who are raising a deaf or hard of hearing infant or toddler, ask questions, and of course, have fun!  All family members and friends involved in your child's life are welcome.  Contact Kjari Newell for more information at; 317-232-0960.

Playgroup Dates for 2017:

January 7th
February 4th
March 4th
April 1st
May 6th

IMPORTANT:   Be sure to RSVP in advance so that you can receive notice about any changes to the schedule or cancellations.  RSVP to Kjari Newell by Wednesday the week you wish to attend.; 317-232-0960.  Interpreters provided with one week or more advance notice. 

Questions about events at the Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education can be directed to Sandra Lerman, Family and Community Education Liaison:  Phone:  317-232-2826

Disclaimer: Some announcements posted on this page are submitted by other public and/or private organizations with information that is related to the education for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. Announcements about events do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of CDHHE or any of Indiana State agencies. CDHHE does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of information posted here. CDHHE does not endorse the organizations sponsoring linked websites and we do not endorse the views they express or the products/services they offer.