Title: 'Roots and Wings of Parent Advocacy: The Parents' Roots Lead to the Child's Wings '
Track: 7 - Family Perspectives and Support
Keyword(s): Parent, Advocacy, Empowerment, Transitions, Stages
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify the critical transitions that parents and their children who are deaf or hard of hearing experience
  2. Describe how the role of parents and their children change over time from being primarily parent driven to eventually being primarily child driven
  3. Examine key characteristics of an empowered parent and an empowered child


This presentation will reflect on a parent's journey becoming an advocate for her child who is hard of hearing. Beginning with the earliest stage of advocacy being completely parent driven, through the many transitions, with the end result of being completely child driven. Several different stages will be identified and strategies to move through the stages will be discussed. Characteristics of empowered parents and empowered children will be examined and participants will leave with an understanding of how the parents roots lead to the child's wings.
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Lisa Kovacs - POC,Primary Presenter,Author
Hands & Voices
     Credentials: Parent
     Other Affiliations: Indiana State Department of Special Education Advisory Council, National Deaf Education Summit Committee, American Academy of Pediatrics EHDI Task Force
      Lisa lives in Greenwood Indiana with her husband Brian and 4 children. Her son has Auditory Neuropathy. Lisa is one of the founding board members for Indiana Hands & Voices and has been with the organization for over 8 years. She is currently the Program Coordinator for Guide By Your Side(GBYS). She is also the Director for GBYS Hands & Voices Head Quarters. She has extensive training in Educational Advocacy and Parent Support. Lisa serves on several councils and committees; Indiana Department of Education Special Education Advisory Council, National Deaf Education Summit Committee, and American Academy of Pediatrics EHDI Task Force. Lisa has a passion for training parents and helping them recognize their strengths and abilities in order to make informed decisions for their child and family. Lisa wants to see that all children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

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