MARCH 2-5, 2021

(Virtually the same conference, without elevators, airplane tickets, or hotel room keys)


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Jill Scott

The South Dakota EHDI collaborative nominates Jill Scott for the 2021 Family Leadership in EHDI Programs Award. She has been an active member of the EHDI community for several years, volunteering innumerable hours to raise awareness of EHDI in South Dakota and create family-to-family support opportunities. Jill is the mother of a 6-year-old son who is deaf, member of the SD EHDI Collaborative Learning Community since 2015, member of the SD EHDI Collaborative Advisory Board since 2020, founding member and board member of the Hands & Voices South Dakota Chapter, and on the Midwest Conference on Deaf Education planning committee.She has been an effective public campaign advocate by candidly telling her son and family's story to create awareness of deafness and hearing loss in children, and the importance of screening and early intervention 1-4.Jill has been instrumental in the successful establishment of South Dakota's first DHH family-to-family support program with the creation of the Hands & Voices South Dakota Chapter. The Chapter moved from planning phase, to provisional chapter, to full chapter in less than a year. In a frontier state, she strives to include families from rural areas by being active on the chapter's website, Facebook, Instagram, and email accounts 5-7. During the COVID-19 pandemic when in person events are on hold, Jill has spent time putting together seasonal interactive learning and family-to-family engagement activity boxes that are mailed to families across the state. Jill had a hand in creating and distributing chapter awareness materials to clinics and service providers across the state. In a low budget and resource situation, she used her own resources and home to conduct activities and store items. Her weekly communications with the SD EHDI Collaborative to share updates and ideas on how to progress family support in South Dakota are always invigorating and inspiring. In conclusion, the SD EHDI Collaborative knows the honor of the 2021 Family Leadership in EHDI Programs Award is well deserved of Jill Scott, as she provides exemplary leadership in providing family-to-family support in the state of South Dakota.