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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Tony Ronco

I am very pleased to write this letter nominating Tony Ronco for the Family Leadership Award. Tony has been a parent leader in California in so many ways.

  • He has been the impetus behind the successful implementation of California's chapter of Hands and Voices, uniting parents in our state after two previous attempts to set up a state Hands and Voices chapter had failed.
  • He has been involved for a number of years in the planning for the California Hands and Voices Family Camp in Julian, California.
  • He is on the national Hands and Voices Board.
  • He is on the Board of the American Society for Deaf Children.
  • He serves as the Quality Initiative advisor for California's Newborn Hearing Screening grant activities and for our Learning Collaborative.
  • He worked with the California Stakeholders for American Sign Language and English, which collaborated with the California Coalition of Option Schools to successfully pass Senate Bill (SB) 210, which will require our state to develop a language assessment protocol for young Deaf and Hard of Hearing children.
  • He is on the SB 210 committee that is choosing the language milestones.

Tony and his wife, Jennifer, are the parents of Dakota, a wonderfully bright and friendly Deaf teenager who is a circus performer, in addition to being an academically successful student, and Austin, a hearing teenage boy who is an Eagle Scout and an outstanding student. I cannot think of a person who is more deserving of this award.