18th ANNUAL EARLY HEARING DETECTION & INTERVENTION MEETING
March 3-5, 2019 • Chicago, IL

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Infusing Deaf Adults in FCEI Programs: Survey Results and Best Practices

When working with families and their deaf* children, there is a call to explicitly include deaf adults* in Early Involvement* (EI) programs.However, to date, there's no known research examining deaf adults and best practices in programs serving families with young deaf children, nationally and internationally. Survey results to the following two questions are addressed: Are deaf adults involved in EI programs serving families with children who are deaf? What are the best practices for involving deaf adults in EI programs serving families with children who are deaf? Findings shared include deaf adults are under-represented and not diverse in EI programs. Additionally, suggested best practices include resources such as formalization, education, collaboration, and infusion. Deaf: Inclusive term “deaf” to represent all deaf individuals with different hearing levels and cultural experiences. Deaf adults: To honor Fred Schreiber, first NAD executive director, who used the term “deaf adults” when addressing this important need over 60 years ago. Early Involvement: Involvement used in place of Intervention to move away from the concept of intervening and toward making connections (Benedict et al., 2016). Benedict, B, Crace, J., Holmes, T., Hossler, T., Oliva, G., Raimondo, B….Vincent, J. (2016). Deaf community support for families: The best of partnerships. A Resource Guide for Early Hearing Detection & Intervention. Retrieved from http://infanthearing.org/ehdi-ebook/2015_ebook/18-Chapter18DeafCommunity2015.pdf

  • Describe why deaf adults are critical players in FCEI
  • Report survey results of deaf adults in FCEI
  • Discuss best practices related to Deaf Adults in FCEI

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Elaine Gale (), Hunter College, CUNY, egale@hunter.cuny.edu;
As a deaf individual with deaf parents, Elaine Gale experienced the importance of growing up with deaf role models. As a former sign language mentor for the Colorado Home Intervention Program (CHIP), she learned first-hand the effectiveness of providing families who have children identified as deaf or hard of hearing with support to help children develop to their full potential. Her doctoral studies in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder focused on exploring initiation, joint attention, and language in mother-child interactions with toddlers who are deaf. Since 2002, Gale has been coordinating the Hunter College Deaf and Hard of Hearing teacher preparatory program. Her current research includes deaf and hard of hearing individuals in leadership roles working with families and their young children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

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Michele Berke (), California School for the Deaf, mberke@csdf-cde.ca.gov;
Michele Berke has worked for over 30 years in programs within the Deaf community. Her experience includes management of a rest home for deaf and deaf-blind senior citizens, directing Gallaudet University's western regional office, coordinating a US Department of Education funded project to develop an ASL Assessment tool, and teaching college-level Linguistics of ASL courses. Berke currently works at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont as the Student Outcomes Specialist where she is responsible for assessment and data analysis. Her doctoral studies in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from the University of Colorado in Boulder focused on exploring the shared reading practices of Deaf and hearing mothers and their pre-school children.

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Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.


Beth Benedict (), Gallaudet University, beth.benedict@gallaudet.edu;
Beth S. Benedict, Ph.D., a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach at Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C., has focused on family involvement in schools with deaf and hard of hearing children, early childhood education, advocacy, early communication, and partnerships between deaf and hearing professionals and early intervention programs and services. Her work has been shared in numerous publications and through her work as a national and international presenter. Dr. Benedict is very involved in different organizations and boards. She was the Chair of the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing, President of the American Society of Deaf Children, on the Council of Education of the Deaf, the Maryland Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Council and actively involved in a variety of other EHDI initiatives. 

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Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.


Stephanie Olson (), Hands & Voices, Headquarters, Stephanie.olson@handsandvoices.org;
Stephanie Olson currently works as a Family Consultant with the Bill Daniels Center for Children’s Hearing at Children’s Hospital Colorado and as the Co-Director Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infusion with Hands & Voices. She previously worked for the Colorado Home Intervention Program. During 2009, she was part of a team from Children’s Hospital Colorado that traveled to London, South Africa, Brazil and New Zealand and presented on best practices in supporting families. Stephanie has presented at the International Family Centered Early Intervention (FCEI) Austria, in 2012, 2014 and 2016. She participated in a U.S. and Russian cultural exchange in 2015 and 2016 with Hands & Voices to increase the understanding and impact of Deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the parenting journey and professionals who work with those families.

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Financial - Receives Consulting fee for Consulting from hands & Voices Headquarters.   Receives Consulting fee for Consulting from hands & Voices Headquarters.  

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Karen Putz (), Hands & Voices, karen@karenputz.com;
Karen Putz is a deaf mom of three deaf and hard of hearing kids. She worked in early intervention as a Deaf Mentor for 13 years and is the Co-Director of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infusion for Hands & Voices. Karen is the author of several books, including

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Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.


Christine Yoshinaga-Itano (), University of Colorado-Boulder, Christie.Yoshi@colorado.edu;
Dr. Christine Yoshinaga-Itano is a Research Professor in the Institute of Cognitive Science, Center for Neurosciences at the University of Colorado-Boulder, the Department of Otolaryngology and Audiology at the University of Colorado-Denver and the Marion Downs Center. In 1996 she developed the Marion Downs National Center. Since 1996, Dr. Yoshinaga-Itano has assisted many state departments of education and public health agencies, schools for the deaf and the blind, and early intervention programs throughout the United States and its territories. In addition, she has served as a consultant for many countries currently developing their early hearing detection and intervention programs, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Korea, Belgium, Poland, Spain, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Thailand, the Philippines, and South Africa.

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Financial - Receives Other financial benefit for Other activities from grant recipient from AUCD/CDC.   Receives Other financial benefit for Membership on advisory committee or review panels,Other activities from grant recipient from AUCD/CDC.   Receives Other financial benefit for Other activities from grant recipient form AUCD/CDC.   Receives Other financial benefit for Other activities from grant recipient AUCD/CDC.   Receives Other financial benefit for Other activities from grant recipient AUCD/CDC.   Receives Salary,Grants for Other activities from Disability Research Dissemination Center.   Receives Salary for Employment from University of Colorado Boulder.   Receives Salary for Employment from University of Colorado Boulder.   Receives Salary for Employment from University of Colorado Boulder.   Receives Salary for Employment from University of Colorado Boulder.   Receives Salary for Employment from University of Colorado Boulder.   Receives In kind for Membership on advisory committee or review panels from LENA Foundation.   Receives In kind for Membership on advisory committee or review panels from LENA Foundation.   Receives In kind for Membership on advisory committee or review panels from LENA Foundation.   Receives In kind for Membership on advisory committee or review panels from LENA Foundation.   Receives In kind for Membership on advisory committee or review panels from LENA Foundation.   Receives Grants for Other activities from Disability Research Dissemination Center.   Receives Grants for Other activities from Disability Research Dissemination Center.   Receives Grants for Other activities from Disability Research Dissemination Center.   Receives Grants for Other activities from Disability Research Dissemination Center.   Receives Grants for Other activities from Disability Research Dissemination Center.  

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.