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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Robin Hosely

I am nominating Robin Hosley for this prestigious award. Robin is the mother of 3 children, two of whom are deaf: Tanner, age 15 and Luci, age 11. Both Tanner and Luci now have bilateral implants. The Hosley family was one of the families who benefited from newborn hearing screening soon after it was implemented in North Carolina.

Robin has become a role model across North Carolina and the U.S. as her family's story was the first to be filmed by The CARE Project when it began in 2009. Robin shared a raw emotional story of the birth of their twins and the journey they have been on. As Robin made progress with grief, she began to participate as a mentor parent in local and statewide gatherings for families. Over the past 8 years, Robin and her family have become a part of the partnership with The CARE Project, NC EHDI and other organizations in North Carolina. She takes the time to phone newly diagnosed families, meet for lunch/coffee with parents who are earlier on their journeys and does public speaking on behalf of families with children who are deaf and hard of hearing. She is a true inspiration.

I asked Robin to write about her background and here is a part of that document:

"I wear many hats, first and most importantly I am a mom, a mom of hearing impaired children & wife, but also, the breadwinner of my family, advocate for MY CHILDREN with everyday life and lastly an advocate for the deaf and hard of hearing within my NC community. When Tanner was born in 2002 there was not an organization that provided us emotional support and resources. And through a family member I was introduced to The CARE Project founder, Dr. Johnnie Sexton. After my husband and I were interviewed for The CARE Project video documentary I knew from that point that I was a part of something special. From that day forward my family has been blessed as the "first" family of The CARE Project.

I am on The CARE Project gala committee and have been since it began 6 yrs. ago. While I have been involved in many aspects of the gala, the following are a few responsibilities I have had within the past 6 years: gala development, auction lead & committee, decorating and advertising, marketing and volunteering. In addition, I am also a mentor parent involved with the toddler and teen (most recently) retreats. I have been responsible for the moms group during the retreats and we discuss challenges, tips of the trade, and help to trouble shoot for issues at schools/communities. Also, I have been involved in childcare, and an assistant in the kitchen.

Spending time with my family, my CARE Project family and the mentor families that I have met through The CARE Project is priceless. I hope my own children will be a part of making The CARE Project to a whole new level!"