Title: 'Family Matters! A One Day Family Workshop Organized Through Collaboration.'
Track: 7 - Family Perspectives and Support
Keyword(s): family workshop collaboration
Learning Objectives:
  1. Discuss the benefits of collaboration between a state EHDI program and a diagnostic facility when planning a family-focused workshop.
  2. Describe the steps required to organize and host a family workshop
  3. List the benefits reported by families who attended the workshop.


Family Matters! was a one-day workshop developed for families organized through collaboration between the Michigan EHDI and Sound Support Programs. Sound Support is a grant funded outreach program focused on improving outcomes for children who are deaf/hard of hearing (D/HH) at the University of Michigan Medical Center. The workshop consisted of presentations for parents focused on advocacy, literacy and self-empowerment. Children of all ages who are D/HH along with their siblings also participated in the workshop through a series of fun and educational activities. This session will review the steps taken in planning this meeting, the benefits of collaboration and lessons learned along the way.
Presentation: 1271KarenWisinski.pdf

Handouts: Handout is not Available
Angelique Boerst - Primary Presenter
University of Michigan Medical Center
     Credentials: MA, CCC-A
      Angelique Boerst is an audiologist at C.S. Mott Childrens Hospital within the University of Michigan Medical Center. In addition to completing hearing assessments of children, she has been a team member of the Sound Support Program which provides outreach and support services to families of children who are deaf/hard of hearing.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.
Karen Wisinski - Co-Presenter
Michigan EHDI Program
     Credentials: BA
     Other Affiliations: Michigan Hands & Voices
      Karen Wisinski is the Parent Consultant for MI-EHDI. In addition to providing insights as the parent of a child with hearing loss, she also coordinates the Guide By Your Side(TM) Program for Michigan Hands & Voices(TM). GBYS home visits have increased dramatically since she took over the program.

Financial - Receives Salary for Employment from Michigan EHDI.  

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.