March 13-15, 2016 • San Diego, CA


3/14/2016  |   3:20 PM - 3:50 PM   |  Topical Session 3   |  Royal Palm 1/2   |  1 - EHDI Program Enhancement

The Power of Media: The Portrayal of *Deaf Babies and Children in Media

Media is powerful. Media representation of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people can be an effective way of enhancing community awareness of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people and their lives. Media has a significant impact on the professionals and families with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. These media clips can inflict harm as well as inspire us all. We will view, analyze and discuss both current and historical video clips depicting Deaf and Hard of Hearing people. In this workshop participants will take a look at the current role media has in our field and discuss how we can use the power of media to further our profession and motivate parents to accept their Deaf and Hard of Hearing child and to take actions that strengthen their family.

  • Recognize the power of media representation of Deaf/HH children impacting how Deaf children are viewed.
  • Apply the power of media to help families embrace their Deaf/HH children
  • identify media tools for family members to take action to strengthen their families' connections to the Deaf/HH child

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Julie Rems-Smario (POC,Primary Presenter), DawnSignPress, JulieSmario@gmail.com;
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.


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