Title: 'Club Saturday'
Track: 3 - Language Acquisition and Development
Keyword(s): Club Saturday, Families, children, community collaboration
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn how to implement the concept of Club Saturday in your community
  2. Learn how to develop a local collaborative CLub Saturday program
  3. Discuss and analyze the impact of a Club Saturday program


Families, educators and early intervention providers of deaf and hard hearing children are often separated into their silos of language and communication modes as well as teaching strategies. Club Saturday is an innovative program that brings school districts, early intervention specialists and the community together. Hearing and deaf parents with deaf and hard of hearing children often need to search for events that are communication accessible and family oriented. Club Saturday is that place. Deaf Counseling Advocacy Referral Agency (DCARA) ’s Family Connections provide a monthly thematic Club Saturday event for families with deaf, hard of hearing, deaf blind children as well as kids of deaf adults(KODA). The Club Saturday model is an ideal collaboration with school districts, deaf and hard of hearing programs and early intervention programs. The staff and volunteers are language models to children , parents and professionals as well. The concept of Club Saturday promotes bonding, supports language development and fosters positive deaf identities and social/emotional well beings. The presenter will incorporate testimonials from families and professionals as well as videos of the Club Saturday events into the power point presentation.
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Deborah O' Willow - POC,Primary Presenter,Author
Family Connections at Deaf, Counseling, Advocacy, Referral Agency
     Credentials: MA
      As Director of Family Connections at Deaf Counseling Advocacy Referral Agency in Bay Area, I implemented and manage programs that provide literacy, education, advocacy, and resources for families with deaf and hard of hearing children and Deaf parents and their hearing children as well. I help both deaf and hearing families navigate the educational approaches, information and resources regarding language acquisition and social-emotional development as they apply to their deaf/hard of hearing child as well as hearing children. I have been in the field of early intervention and early childhood education for 30+ years in various capacities.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

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