19th ANNUAL EARLY HEARING DETECTION & INTERVENTION MEETING
March 8-10, 2020 • Kansas City, MO

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3/08/2020  |   1:30 PM - 4:30 PM   |  Families Entering Early Intervention: A Systems View   |  Chicago B

Families Entering Early Intervention: A Systems View

This interactive workshop will focus on some of the systemic challenges and solutions for families who have children who are deaf/hard of hearing entering early intervention services. Topic areas may include: current trends in eligibility for D/HH kids, turnover of Part C Coordinators and their knowledge of D/HH specific statewide supports; data collection considerations for the public and private sectors; insights from providers who engage with families who may not or do not choose to enroll in early intervention services; E.I considerations for specific populations: i.e. kids with unilateral hearing loss; deaf/hh plus; underserved populations. (i.e. perceived or real barriers to EI enrollment by families from cultural communities such as immigrant populations). Evidence-based resources and tools will be reviewed by participants in roundtable discussions to create action plans for their states/territories/ EHDI programs, including family-based organization considerations.

  • Explore the evidence-based practices and preferences of parents in what constitutes quality early intervention for children who are deaf/hard of hearing.
  • Provide concrete goals and objectives that EHDI systems can incorporate to fulfill the EHDI Act, Part C, and other legislative mandates towards effective intervention supports.
  • Address the ways in which parents with newly identified children who are D/HH access information, and decision making about Early Intervention, including why/when they say ‘no’ to services.

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Presenters/Authors

Janet DesGeorges (), Hands & Voices, janet@handsandvoices.org;
Janet DesGeorges lives in Boulder, Colorado and is part of the staff at Hands & Voices Headquarters. Janet has presented to groups worldwide about the experiences of families as they journey through life with a child with deafness or hearing loss. Ms. DesGeorges received a program certificate from the MCH Public Health Leadership Institute in 2011 at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. As an EHDI Systems advocate, Janet believes in the principles and guiding philosophies of Hands & Voices towards a parent-driven, professionally-collaborative approach when supporting families in the early years. Her areas of interest include Leadership Development for parents who participate in systemic improvement; Deaf Education Reform and Improvement; Children’s Safety and Success(preventing child abuse and neglect); Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Systems; and Parent/Professional partnerships in Quality Improvement processes.


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Sara Kennedy (), Hands & Voices, CO Hands & Voices, Sara@cohandsandvoices.org;
Sara is a mom of four children, including a daughter who was born at home and later identified with a profound hearing loss. An occupational therapist by training, Sara has worked for Hands & Voices since 2001, currently serving as the Colorado chapter director and the editor for the quarterly newspaper, the Communicator, at the Headquarters level. Sara has a special interest in advocating for hearing screening in the homebirth community. She was a coauthor for the handbook Bridge to Preschool: Navigating a Successful Transition as well as articles and presentations on teaching our deaf/hh children about sex, promoting self advocacy, progressive hearing loss, and the decision process regarding cochlear implants. She finds parenting young adults and teens to be an even bigger challenge.


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Candace Lindow-Davies (), Hands & Voices Headquarters, Candace@handsandvoices.org;
Candace Lindow-Davies, Minnesota Hands & Voices, is the mother of a son who is profoundly deaf, and for the past eight plus years, developed and coordinated services for MN Hands & Voices/Guide By Your Side at Lifetrack Resources in Minnesota . For seven years, Candace has also served as a parent consultant for the MN Dept. of Health's Newborn Hearing Screening Program. She also chairs the MN Dept. of Health's Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Committee, representing parents of children who are deaf and hard of hearing.


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Lisa Kovacs (), Hands & Voices , lisakovacs@handsandvoices.org ;
Lisa Kovacs is the Director of Programs for Hands & Voices Headquarters and one of the Co-Directors of the Family Leadership in Language and Learning (FL3) Project. Most importantly, Lisa is the proud parent of 4 children including her son who is hard of hearing/deaf. Lisa currently serves on the Indiana Special Education Advisory Committee, and the board of the Coalition for Global Hearing Health. Lisa’s professional interest include; Parent Advocacy; Implementation of parent participation and engagement in systems building; Parent to Parent support; Deaf Education Reform; IDEA, ESSA, Part C and Part B Training to Parents, and Parent Leadership Training and Development.


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