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

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Reaching the Hard to Reach Families: Finding New Ways to Connect Using Technology

Families have busy and often complicated lives, and getting our message to those we serve can be a barrier to EHDI stakeholders. Connecting with parents is a top priority for EHDI agencies and family support organizations. Initiating outreach, providing information, and engaging in community are not novel activities, the tools that we use, however, are rapidly evolving and are as diverse as the populations that we serve. This presentation by two members of the Texas Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side Program showcases a variety of technology based tools that have been leveraged to communicate with families in innovative ways. Topics include using multiple approaches, and recognizing issues of access, language, culture and preference in planning and implementing the use of technology-based communication. The Applications highlighted include the use of texting to follow up with families about their babies’ hearing screenings, using Facebook groups and online chats to create a community of families and provide resources, developing Youtube videos that can be delivered to a computer or Smartphone, using social media to promote outreach events. Particular emphasis is placed on effective outreach to families who are Spanish-speaking as well as those in remote areas. Demonstrations will be provided, and participants will be invited to share their own successful strategies.

  • Participants will be able to list three considerations in designing a new technology-based outreach strategy
  • Participants will be able to describe two novel strategies that could be used in their own EHDI programs
  • Participants will be able to identify specific considerations for communicating with Spanish-speaking families.

Presentation:
15804_5821SarahWainscott.pdf

Handouts:
Handout is not Available

Transcripts:
CART transcripts are NOT YET available, but will be posted shortly after the conference


Presenters/Authors

Sarah Wainscott (), Texas Woman's University, swainscott@twu.edu;
Sarah Wainscott is an Assistant Professor at Texas Woman’s University, with a background in both audiology and deaf education. She coordinates the Follow-Through-Guide Project, a partnership between Texas Hands & Voices and Department of State Health Services targeting loss to follow-up within EHDI. Sarah is also the parent of two children who are deaf.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.


Jennifer Peterson (), Texas Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side, jpeterson@txgbys.org;
Jennifer is a parent of a child who is hard of hearing, and is a leader in the Texas Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side Program. She engages in outreach to EHDI providers as a member of the Follow Through Guide Project.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.


Linda Lartigue (), Texas Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side, llartigue@txgbys.org;
Linda is a parent of a child who is deaf, and is a leader in the Texas Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side Program.

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Yuliana Trujillo (), Texas Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side, ytrujillo@txgbys.org;
Yuliana is a parent of a child who is deaf and is a leader in the Texas Hands & Voices Guide by Your Side Program. Yuliana has been instrumental in outreach efforts to families who speak primarily Spanish.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

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Nonfinancial -