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ABSTRACT INFORMATION
Title: 'Parents Can Have Both: Keep Jobs and Language Access for Their Deaf Child.'
Track: 7 - Family Perspectives and Support
Keyword(s): Parents, Language, Access, Support
Learning Objectives:
  1. Promote their child's language access while parents are working.
  2. Justify the language in the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) to provide support for family.
  3. Create a strategic plan for child's language and communication needs.

Abstract:

As full time working parents, we will share our journey in different states, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, to ensure that our three deaf sons from the ages of 0-3 had access to their primary language of American Sign Language (ASL) in their natural environment (daycare) that does not normally use the primary language that they use. We are considered pioneers in those states for ensuring that our sons get language facilitating services added to their Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP)s. During our presentation, we will review IDEA Part C and the advocacy that was used to get the services that our sons needed.
Presentation: Monday_Nunn_1135_StevenFlorio_1706.pdf

Handouts: Handout is not Available
CART: Topical Session 1- 1706.rtf
PRESENTER(S) / AUTHOR(S) INFORMATION
Steven Florio - Primary Presenter,Co-Presenter,POC
RI Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
     Credentials: Master of Science in Non-Profit Management and Leadership from Northeastern University
     Other Affiliations: National Association of State Agencies of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
      Steven A. Florio, M.S. is the father of three children who attend the Learning Center for the Deaf. He is President of the Learning Center for the Deaf Parent Association (TLCPA) and is Executive Director of the RI Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (RICDHH) and is President of the National Association of State Agencies of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
      ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.
Michelle Florio - Co-Presenter
RI School for the Deaf
     Credentials: Psy.S
      Michelle Florio, Psy.S., NCSP is the mother of three children who attend the Learning Center for the Deaf and is a school psychologist by profession.
      ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.