Title: 'Parent Perspectives: Ensuring Success Through Early Hearing Detection, Language Intervention and Comprehensive Services Provision'
Track: 1 - EHDI Program Enhancement
Keyword(s): Families, EHDI Programs, Family Support
Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe some families' experiences obtaining the resources and services they need for their children and families from their respective EHDI programs
  2. Identify EHDI resources and services that have been especially helpful to families for raising their deaf children.
  3. Identify strategies for families and professionals that will enhance the quality of EHDI programs for families and their children


This parent panel will share their experiences navigating the EHDI system in their respective communities. Parents from different backgrounds and experiences will explain the various ways they have taken advantage of key local, state and national EHDI and related resources in raising their deaf or hard of hearing children to become fully successful and independent. Panelists will describe the benefits as well as challenges they faced obtaining support and services for their children and families. The panelists will also share what their families have learned from their experiences with EHDI professionals, other families with deaf and hard of hearing children, deaf adults, and other resources. Participants will take away tips for families and advice for professionals.
Presentation: Parent Perspectives: Ensuring Success Through Early Hearing Detection, Language Intervention and Comprehensive Services Provision
Handouts: Handout is not Available
Marilyn Sass-Lehrer - Primary Presenter
Gallaudet University
     Credentials: Ph.D.
      Marilyn Sass-Lehrer is Professor Emerita at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, USA. She received a master’s degree in Deaf Education from New York University and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in Early Childhood Education and Curriculum and Instruction. She is the co-director of the Gallaudet University Graduate Interdisciplinary Certificate Program: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers and Their Families. She is editor of Early Intervention for Deaf and Hard-of- Hearing Infants, Toddlers and their Families: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (2016), co-author of Parents and their Deaf Children: The Early Years (2003), and co-editor of The Young Deaf or Hard of Hearing Child: A Family-Centered Approach to Early Education (2003). Dr. Sass-Lehrer has been actively involved in national and international efforts to support professional development and learning for early intervention providers and promote quality early education and family involvement.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.