Connecticut Birth to Three
The Birth to Three System website offers a variety of resources ranging from eligibilty and referrals to information on laws and regulations. They also offer a number of programs. There are comprehensive programs throughout Connecticut that have been approved by the Birth to Three System to complete eligibility evaluations, and provide services and supports for families. Each program serves a specific set of towns, and can be selected by any family living in one of those towns. There are three programs that specialize in working with families whose children are deaf or hard of hearing: The American School for the Deaf, CREC-Soundbridge and NECHEAR. These three programs work with families from any Connecticut town. There are also a number of Autism-specific programs serving families in specific towns. Every Birth to Three program offers: evaluation in the home by trained professionals services provided where the child normally spends his day, such as his home, a child care setting, or local playgroup flexible scheduling of visits services that focus on helping the family to help their child within the family's daily life, culture, values, and priorities information in their native language unless it is clearly not feasible to do so. If a parent is deaf or blind, the mode of communication will be that which is normally used, such as Braille, sign language, or oral communication. a variety of trained staff who can help the family work on goals related to their child's needs and their family's priorities. All people working in Birth to Three programs meet personnel standards and are either a licensed or certified professional, or are supervised by a professional.