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Infants, Children, and Youth

About ODHH

Early identification and early intervention are the keys to successful communication development. If not detected early, studies have shown that children who are born deaf can have delays in speech, language, social skills, and academic achievement. It is important that all infants and young children have a hearing screening, which helps find children who are deaf.

For more information related to deaf children’s education and language development, please visit:

Maryland Governor’s Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resources


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Policies & Resource Guides

Resource Guide: Early Hearing Detection and Intervention
Policy: Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Advisory Council Motion on Language Deprivation

Community Resources


Maryland State Department of Education (State of Maryland)

Maryland School for the Deaf (State of Maryland)

Maryland Learning Links


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: EDHI Programs
National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders