Welcome to H2h! Below is a compiled list of resources for parents/children. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list. If you hear of other resources that you think would be useful, please do not hesitate to let us know!
1. Supporting You: A Peer Support Network Program:
Description: A peer-to-peer support network for parents of children who are deaf/hard-of-hearing. Support You connects and allows parents to get ideas and gain support from others who have had similar experiences/circumstances. To register, go to www.SupportingYouKansas.org and fill out the online form.
2. Families Together, Inc.
Description: The Kansas Parent Training and Information (PTI) and Family-to-Family Health Information (F2F) Center. Families Together, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides support and information for families of children, from birth to age 26, with disabilities and/or special health care needs. Programs are offered at no cost to families and are available in English and Spanish.
3. Special Needs Ministry
Mission Statement: To serve and support parishes in facilitating opportunities for a relationship with Christ by ensuring the fullest participation possible in the Catholic faith for all parishioners regardless of ability.
— Adopted by the Office of Special Needs Advisory Council July 2017
4. Kansas School of the Deaf
Official website for the Kansas School of the Deaf. Under the dropdown menu for “Statewide Resources” you can find events and organizations to help with your specific needs.
5. PATHS, support for families with children who are deaf/hard of hearing in Kansas.
Contact: Loralee Plummer, Parent to Parent Support Liaison firstname.lastname@example.org
Supported by the Kansas School for the Deaf and the Sound Beginnings Newborn Hearing Screening Program, PATHS is a parent support group for families with deaf/hard of hearing children in Kansas. PATHS seeks to foster connections among families of children who are deaf/hard of hearing through their shared journey.
6. Resources for financial assistance in Missouri:
The link above leads to a pdf providing information on potential financial resources for assistance that are available in Missouri. The listed resources may be able to provide additional assistance in funding the purchase of hearing aids and services.
7. Missouri First Steps
Information Line: 1-866-583-2392
Missouri’s Early Intervention system. First Steps provides services to families with children, ages birth through 3 years, with disabilities or developmental delays. This program is designed with the intention to meet the needs of families related to enhancing their child/children’s development, learning, and participation in life.
8. Kansas City’s Medicine Cabinet
Provides short term emergency medical assistance throughout the KC metro for people 0 – 100+. Hearing aids are included.
For more information contact: 816-276-7517
9. Kansas City Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) Call Center
Starting March 23, 2020, 8 AM to 5 PM, Mon – Fri.
If you have questions concerning your child’s resources in a KCK Public School, the above number will connect you to their call center.
10. Missouri: KCPS Contact the Special Education Department at (816) 418-8941
To contact a team member: 816-406-2959
For other questions, contact: Rekaila Payne at 816-418-8941
If you have questions concerning your child’s resources in a KC Public School, the above information will connect you to either their team or to Rekaila Payne, for other special education questions.
11. Travelers Protective Association
The Travelers Protective Association, established in 1975, provides financial aid to people with deafness or hearing deficiencies. To refer someone for aid or apply, go to https://www.tpahq.org/tpa-hearing-trust/refer/.
13. Starkey Foundation
14. Obekotter Foundation
The Obekotter Foundation’s Hearing First is a virtual connection point for families and professionals to improve outcomes for children who are dear/hard of hearing through Listening and Spoken Language (LSL).
15. Sertoma, Inc.
For more than 100 years, Sertoma’s mission is to improve the quality of life for those at risk or impacted by hearing loss through education and support.
16.Hear 2 help Scholarship Fund for high school seniors
If you are a high school senior with hearing loss, you may be eligible to apply for the Hear 2 help $1,000 scholarship opportunity. Click on the link, Hear 2 help Scholarship.
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”
– Helen Keller