National Association of the Deaf

Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers

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About 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born deaf or hard of hearing.  Over 90% of these children are born to parents who can hear.   Early identification of children who are born deaf or hard of hearing is critical to ensure that their families have the resources they need to help their children acquire language, spoken and/or visual, and achieve age-appropriate communicative, cognitive, academic, social, and emotional development.  The NAD supported passage of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act (EHDI) in 2000 and subseq