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.

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Candace Lindow-Davies

The Minnesota EHDI Advisory Committee would like to nominate Candace for the Family Leadership Award.

Candace and her husband Ron Davies have two children, one of whom is Deaf with physical disabilities. Lucas is 21, currently enrolled in Community College and works at Best Buy as a sales representative.

Candace is the current Director of Minnesota Hands and Voices (MN H & V) and has been in this role since the chapter's inception in 2002. She has dedicated her life to ensuring that parents who have children diagnosed as deaf or hard of hearing have a place at the table.

Candace has significantly expanded the breadth of support that MN Hands & Voices provides to families. Under Candace's leadership the MN H&V program budget has expanded from under $30,000 in 2002 to nearly $600,000 in 2017. In 2003, the MN H&V program provided support to 28 families of children newly identified as D/HH. Today, the staff contact nearly all 270 families of newly identified children. In addition, Candace has improved the quality of support given to families by expanding from one staff in the metro area to 16 staff who are located regionally providing face to face connections with families statewide. Addressing the changing demographics of Minnesota, Candace identified the need to provide support to ‘newly arrived' families who are linguistically and culturally diverse. MN H&V now has cultural parent guides representing the Southeast Asian, Northeast African, and Spanish-speaking communities.

Candace is committed to family education. She is responsible for the advocacy materials at https://www.mnhandsandvoices.org/resources-information/steps.aspx which includes webinars "STEPS - Support, Training, & Education for Parent Success" and access to the ASTra book.

Offering her creative mind to a more global community, Candace has been the National President of Hands and Voices where she traveled to China to ensure that students across the globe have access to parent support and resources. She is working on an app that will help families know when to follow up post newborn screening as a member of the Center for Disease Control's Parent to Parent Committee.

Candace is the visionary for programs and support systems for parents on a local, national and global level. In Minnesota, Candace has served as chair/member of the EHDI Advisory Committee. She is an active voice on the Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Board, The Collaborative Plan Steering Committee and multiple work groups. She has played a key role in the success of the legislation that led to insurance coverage for hearing aids for children up to age 18 and in protecting the state EHDI program during the time when blood spot screening was at risk. She initiated a program called "Hands & Voices League of Heroes" where kids can go up to DHH role models and get a "super power" from them such as respect, courage and empathy. This program was made accessible Nationwide for all Hands & Voices chapter to utilize.