Title: 'A Deaf Child’s Voice: Things I Wish EHDI Told my Parents'
Track: 3 - Language Acquisition and Development
Keyword(s): education, parents, EDHI, schools, deaf
Learning Objectives:
  1. Discuss the point-of view of Deaf youth's experience with how decisions made during EHDI period impacted their socio-emotional development and academic achievement.
  2. Examine each interviewee's (parent or child) experience with EHDi and explore solutions which can be shared with future families.
  3. Assess different perspectives of the long-term impact of early intervention.


This presentation will present information based on real life early childhood experiences, which has impacted the socio-emotional and academic journeys as students from mainstream middle and high school. Discussion entails recommendations from every parent of what they wish they knew during the early intervention process. Presenters will show a series of video interviews of families who participated in this project.
Presentation: 1241Christopher Patterson.pdf

Handouts: Handout is not Available
Julie Rems-Smario - Primary Presenter,Co-Presenter
     Credentials: MA Deaf Education, MS Counseling
     Other Affiliations: 1) National Association of the Deaf, Silver Springs, Maryland 2) California School for the Deaf, Fremont, California
      Julie Rems-Smario, M.A., M.S.: After graduating from California State University, Northridge, Julie joined California School for the Deaf (CSD) as early childhood educator. After receiving her MS in Counseling, Julie joined the first national training held by Abused Deaf Women Advocacy Services and founded DeafHope as the executive director. In 2010, she returned to CSD as an Educational Consultant working with families and school's media. Her work has been recognized with several awards such as CNN Heroes and E-Women Network International Humanitarian Award.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.
Christopher Patterson - Co-Presenter
University of Georgia
     Credentials: BA in Special Education, MA in Deaf Education, EDS in Teacher Leadership, ASLTA-Provision certified
     Other Affiliations: 1) University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 2) National Association of the Deaf, Silver Springs, Maryland
      Christopher Patterson: Currently a doctoral student in the Elementary Education employed at University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, Christopher M. Patterson is passionate about his advocacy work on behalf of deaf and hard of hearing individuals. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah and went on to work Deaf Education and Specialist degree in Teacher Leadership from Mercer University in Atlanta.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - Has a Political (I am a board member of NAD.) relationship for Board membership.   Has a Personal,Personal interest (member of Georgia Association of the Deaf) relationship for Other volunteer activities.   Has a Professional (I hold certification for teaching American Sign Language) relationship for Other volunteer activities.