The genetics program at Gallaudet University is dedicated to providing education in genetics to both consumers and professionals. We provide information about hereditary deafness to members of both the Deaf and hearing communities though local, national and on-campus educational seminars. The Genetics program is also involved in educating current and future allied health professionals about various aspects of genetics and hearing loss.
The Distance Learning in Genetics for EHDI Professionals Project began in August 2006 with funding from Tm Bioscience and the American College of Medical Genetics Foundation. Project staff at Gallaudet University are working in collaboration with geneticists at the Virginia Commonwealth University and with the director and staff of the National Center on Hearing Assessment and Management to achieve two project goals: 1) to improve the basic knowledge of EHDI (Early Hearing Detection and Intervention) state coordinators and their key staff members regarding genetic factors in hearing loss and 2) to facilitate interaction among EHDI state coordinators and their key staff members to share ideas and improve their efforts to integrate genetics into EHDI programs at the local level. Based on the results of needs assessment targeted to EHDI state coordinators (Burton et al. Genet Med 8(8):510-517, 2006), we have developed a distance learning course with modules on specific topics in genetics to meet the educational needs of these professionals. This course is offered twice a year in the Fall and Spring semesters. Please contact Kathleen Arnos, Project Director, for more information.