March 13-15, 2016 • San Diego, CA


  |   -   |  7 - Family Perspectives and Support

Why Parent to Parent Support?

The poster will identify the difference between professional and parent to parent support, explain the benefits of parents connecting with other parents of children who are deaf and hard of hearing who are further along their journey; and why parent to parent connections are important for more favorable outcomes for the child who is Deaf or hard of hearing and the family as a whole.

  • distinguish the difference between professional and parent to parent support.
  • identify the value of connecting parents with other parents who are further along their own journey with their child who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
  • discuss outcomes of a supported family

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Melanie Bacon (Primary Presenter), TN GBYS Program Coordinator, mbacon@tndisability.org;
Melanie is the Program Coordinator for the Guide By Your Side Program in TN. She lives in Memphis,with her two daughters. Her youngest, 7 year old Morgan, was born with bilateral severe to profound hearing loss. Upon learning of her daughter's hearing loss, Melanie's first response was to seek out other parents. She turned to the professionals serving her family, asking about parent support groups, to no avail. She then connected with TN Department of Health EHDI and began working to establish a Chapter of Hands & Voices in TN. In Sept. of 2011, the TN Chapter of Hands & Voices was officially formed. Melanie was the Director of TN Hands & Voices for 3 years and then transitioned into the role of Policies & Procedures for the organization. Other positions include: Baptist Hospital performing Newborn Hearing Screens and Office Manager for the Interpreting Service for the Deaf in Memphis.


Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

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