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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Kodi Ogle

It is my pleasure to nominate Kodi Ogle for the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Family Leadership Award. Kodi is the mother of three children, all are hearing-imparied. Her daughter received a cochlear implant and after several years and a medical emergency, had to be explanted. Her two sons wear hearing aids. Kodi currently serves as the president for Tennessee Hands and Voices. She was instrumental in the Tennessee Hands and Voices committee from the very beginning to implement the Guide By Your Side program in Tennessee. She recognizes this valuable support for families as it was not available when her children were first identified. Due to circumstances beyond the committee's control, the program is currently suspended in Tennessee but she continues to work towards the goal to see this program as a permanent support for Tennessee families.

Kodi is very involved in family support on the Tennessee School for the Deaf campus as well. She participates in the Family Learning Weekend held at the end of the school year which promotes family education and support. Further, if an event is being organized, Kodi's name is of the first mentioned to find resources. She volunteers for a nonprofit organization (Friends of Tennessee Babies with Special Needs) in all their fundraising events which directly involves families with children birth to three years of age. She attends the local interagency coordinating council meetings for Tennessee Early Intervention System as the liaison for Tennessee Hands and Voices for family support. She was proactive and asked to be invited to all their meetings.

In addition to all this, she approached me about being involved in the annual EHDI meeting this year. She came up with an idea about the Friends of Tennessee Babies with Special Needs Loaner Hearing Aid Bank that is housed at Tennessee School for the Dear and is critical for early intervention for hearing loss. (The proposal was accepted). She is very adamant about helping other parents who are just beginning their journey that she began some time ago. She is determined to put her experience to the benefit of other families. She is a great advocate for encouraging parents by helping them get all the information available to find out what is best for their child. She is very accepting of all people, no matter their viewpoint.

Kodi Ogle deserves the EHDI Family Leadership Award for 2017.