BEGINNINGS SC provides a lifeline to a huge population of infants, toddlers, and youth who have an invisible disability – deafness or loss of hearing. The importance, not only of early intervention, but also an understanding of options – whether for parents, teachers, or pediatricians – is critically important. Support for the family and teacher can make the difference between a confident, successful adult and one who never reaches his or her full cognitive development.

Identification of hearing loss is so important during the critical time between birth and kindergarten, we have partnered with the Division of Early Care and Education (which is part of the Department of Social Services) and the SC Inclusion Collaborative to provide hearing screenings and education in child care programs.

We provide services to families and professionals around South Carolina. Beginnings SC is shining light on the impacts of hearing loss on children and their families. We are making the invisible visible.