16th ANNUAL EARLY HEARING DETECTION & INTERVENTION MEETING
February 26-28, 2017 • Atlanta, GA

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2/27/2017  |   11:05 AM - 11:35 AM   |  Inside, Outside, Upside Down: The EHDI System with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Partners   |  Hanover A

Inside, Outside, Upside Down: The EHDI System with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Partners

EHDI is about Early Identification and Intervention for Babies and Toddlers who are deaf or hard of hearing. The vast majority of parents, screeners, Audiologists, Early Interventionist, Speech/Language Therapists and other experts involved in this young child’s journey mostly likely have grown up with normal hearing. Parents, other experts, and the newly identified baby may not have the opportunity to interact with a person who grew up deaf or hard of hearing. Come and enjoy an hour with Deaf and Hard of Hearing adults, who were identified as young children and work in EHDI systems or Early Intervention programs! Meet the panelists inside, outside and even upside down - in and out of the workplace. Do they turn things upside down or right-side up? The average age of identification for the panelists was 5 years and EHDI was not available to their families. Find out how their unique perspectives of being deaf or hard of hearing add to their programs. What inside connections and insight do they have that other experts might not have? What additional voice can they bring to EHDI and EI services? How does their personal history and experience impact and affect change in their EHDI systems? What kind of expectations can we have for today’s children identified and obtaining EI services sooner than previous generations? What potential impact on child outcomes might we expect to see with deaf and hard of hearing input into the EHDI systems? What does this type of support do for today’s parents? How can states collaborate with deaf and hard of hearing adults to ensure the wisdom and experience they bring to the table is available to parents and other experts. We are who we are. A fun time will be had by all!

  • Participants will gain the perspective of deaf and hard of hearing adults on how they can positively impact EHDI systems.
  • Participants will be able to explain the importance of including a deaf or hard of hearing staff member or partner to their work team.
  • Participants will leave with creative ways they can incorporate D/HH adults into their services

Presentation:
15804_5562NanAsher.pdf

Handouts:
Handout is not Available

Transcripts:
5562.doc


Presenters/Authors

Karen Hopkins (), The Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, karen.hopkins@mecdhh.org;
Karen Hopkins is the Director of Early Childhood Education, Family Services and the elementary program at The Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Karen coordinates early intervention and early childhood education services for children birth through age five throughout the state of Maine, which includes The Parent Infant Toddler Program, and the Bilingual Bimodal Preschool Program at MECDHH. She also is the principal of the elementary program at MECDHH. She serves on the Maine Hands & Voices Board, the Maine Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Board and Maine's Foundation for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children, and has served on the National EHDI meeting planning committee and the National Deaf Mentor Program Committee with NCHAM.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.


Stephanie Olson (), Hands & Voices, Headquarters, Stephanie.olson@handsandvoices.org;
Stephanie Olson works as a Family Consultant for the Bill Daniels Center for Children’s Hearing at the Children’s Hospital of Denver and the Colorado Home Intervention Program. She draws from her experiences as a D/HH woman. With degrees in special education and social work, Stephanie’s background as a preschool director and as a teacher for students with special needs has helped her to develop positive relationships with those she serves. During 2009, she was part of a team from Children’s Hospital in Denver that traveled to London, South Africa, Brazil and New Zealand and presented on best practices for addressing auditory neuropathy. Stephanie was identified with a hearing loss at the age of three. In her presentations and her work, Stephanie brings her unique perspective which has been shared with parents and professionals nationally and internationally.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - Receives Consulting fee for Consulting from hands & Voices Headquarters.   Receives Consulting fee for Consulting from hands & Voices Headquarters.  

Nonfinancial -


Nan Asher (), Michigan EHDI, ashern@michigan.gov;
Nan Asher was diagnosed with a bilateral severe hearing loss at age four and has one sibling with a profound hearing loss. She has worked/volunteered in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing field for much of her professional career, Past President of Michigan Coalition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People and past Executive Director of Michigan Association for Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She’s a member the Advocacy committee with the Hearing Loss Association of Michigan. Nan graduated from Eastern Michigan University (EMU) with a Masters in Liberal Arts in Interdisciplinary Technology, and received her BA with honors in Health Administration, also at EMU. After graduation, Nan owned her own business in Hearing assistive technology and taught classes on adapting to hearing loss, assistive technology and speechreading to people of all ages. In addition, Nan spoke on Capitol Hill on Entrepreneurs with Disabilities hosted by the Paralyzed Veterans of America. As the Program Consultant for MI-EHDI, which she had previously served on their Advisory board for a few years, Nan has frequent contact with medical providers, midwives and parents, encouraging appropriate and timely follow-up. She spearheaded the Michigan Midwives Project, now currently in its 5th year. Nan is a strong advocate for finding communication modes that work for each individual and getting each person to reach for the stars.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.


Karen Putz (), Hands & Voices, karen@karenputz.com;
Karen Putz is a deaf mom of three deaf and hard of hearing kids. She worked in early intervention as a Deaf Mentor for 13 years. She is the Co-Director of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infusion at Hands & Voices. She is the author of

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.


Melinda Meyers (), Maine Educational Center for the Deaf, melinda.meyers@mecdhh.org;
Melinda Smith Meyers received her Bachelor of Social Work from Gallaudet University and studied Early Childhood Special Education at the University of Maine. She has worked as a home based early interventionist for deaf children, ASL Family Trainer, and family case manager. She worked for The Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MECDHH) in the preschool, parent infant and Deaf Mentor programs. Melinda is currently the Deaf Mentor and ASL for Families Coordinator at MECDHH where she supports children and families in the Parent Infant, Preschool and Early Childhood and Family Services and Outreach programs. Melinda is married to a deaf man, and has two hearing grown children and three granddaughters in Maine.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.