17th ANNUAL EARLY HEARING DETECTION & INTERVENTION MEETING
March 18-20, 2018 • Denver, CO
EHDI FAMILY LEADERSHIP AWARD
Nominations are invited for the Antonia Brancia Maxon Award for EHDI Excellence to be presented at the 2018 National EHDI Meeting in Denver, Colorado. This award honors the life and work of Dr. Antonia Brancia Maxon to promote effective Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs for all newborns, infants, and young children. Dr. Maxon was a pioneer in EHDI programs, beginning with her leadership in the Rhode Island Hearing Assessment Project in the late 1980's. She was one of the first to recognize the feasibility and value of universal newborn hearing screening and was a tireless advocate for connecting screening programs with timely and appropriate diagnosis and early intervention.
Her extensive contributions to creating excellent EHDI programs were abruptly ended by a tragic automobile accident in May of 2007. In memory of her contributions, an Award for EHDI Excellence is presented each year at the National EHDI Meeting to honor an individual who has made outstanding contributions to achieving excellence in EHDI programs nationally or in a particular state or region.
Presentation of the 2018 Antonia Brancia Maxon Award for EHDI Excellence will be made on Monday March 19, 2018 at the National EHDI Meeting in Denver, Colorado. More about the National EHDI Meeting, including past nominees and recipients can be found below.
I would like to nominate Andrea Amestoy for the 2017 Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Family Leadership Award. There are not enough words to speak about all her amazing attributes or all the wonderful support she has provided to families across Idaho.
First and foremost, Andrea is a mother of 3 beautiful children. Two of those children have bilateral hearing loss. Her journey began in 2007 after the birth of her second son, Ryder. Following diagnosis, Andrea became involved in Idaho Hands & Voices and she began working part-time with Idaho's EHDI program as the parent consultant.
Now, almost 10 years later, Andrea continues to work with Idaho's EHDI program. She provides families with words of encouragement to return for testing after failed hearing screening and words of hope upon the diagnosis of hearing loss. As the EHDI parent consultant, Andrea calls each and every family of a child with newly diagnosed hearing loss. She shares her family story and provides support materials for the journey ahead. She allows families to share their story and ask questions about the EHDI process.
In 2014, Andrea was the driving force behind the development of a book for all pediatric audiology clinics called "Idaho's Exceptional Children". The photography book was designed to give parents of newly identified children hope for the future of their child and comfort as a parent to know they are not alone. Numerous families have commented how appreciative they are to see the beautiful photos of children and read the family's story of hope.
Idaho's families are fortunate to have Andrea as the EHDI parent consultant. She has been instrumental in bringing Idaho families together and providing hope for their journey.