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

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2/28/2017  |   10:10 AM - 10:40 AM   |  Advocacy Every Day: Parents of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children   |  Hanover B

Advocacy Every Day: Parents of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

Parents of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children advocate for their children every day. We will review effective advocacy for parents of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children in various areas including: modes of communication, education, IEPs and 504 plans and public accommodations, as well as some of the more nuanced instances when parenting and advocacy intersect: technology, identity and community roles and relationships. No parent is immediately an expert on their newborn baby and there are learning periods for everyone. The parent of a Deaf or Hard of Hearing child continuously advocates. Our goal is to support parents in developing and strengthening advocacy skills. We are both parents of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. We are attorneys and were co-workers and close friends before we had our children.

  • Develop and strengthen parent advocacy skills.
  • Review Early Intervention, CPSE and CSE processes in terms of parental roles.
  • Support positive communication and relationships.

Presentation:
15804_5730SusanFingerle.pdf

Handouts:
Handout is not Available

Transcripts:
5730.docx


Presenters/Authors

Lisa Weiss (), Colorado Hands and Voices, weisslisa@me.com;
Lisa lives in Denver, Colorado. One of Lisa's three sons is deaf as a result of auditory neuropathy. Despite hearing screening in the hospital shortly after his birth and consistent follow up with audiologists and speech therapists, Lisa's son was not identified with auditory neuropathy until he was almost three years old. Lisa has been using Cued Speech for ten years with her son who has bilateral cochlear implants, is learning to sign, and communicates using spoken language. Lisa currently serves as a board member of Colorado Hands and Voices, the Interpreter Advisory Board for the Colorado Department of Education, and as a Commissioner representing the parent community for the Colorado Commission of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.


Susan Fingerle (), Hands & Voices, susanfingerle@msn.com;
Susan Fingerle is the parent of a 13 year old son who is Hard of Hearing. Susan has worked as a special education attorney since 2002 and has been involved with Hands & Voices in New York and Alabama. Her family recently moved to Denver, Colorado.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.