EARLY HEARING DETECTION AND INTERVENTION VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
MARCH 2-5, 2021

(Virtually the same conference, without elevators, airplane tickets, or hotel room keys)

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3/04/2021  |   9:30 AM - 11:30 AM   |  Family Leaders and Family Based Organizations: Building your Skills for Optimal Input in Supporting EHDI Programs   |  Networking

Family Leaders and Family Based Organizations: Building your Skills for Optimal Input in Supporting EHDI Programs

This interactive workshop will focus on building the capacity of parents as leaders and partners in their state EHDI system so that they can better advocate for families of children who are deaf and hard of hearing. State EHDI programs are utilizing family leaders in a variety of ways: through contracts with family based organizations (FBO’s), to hiring parents as staff in EHDI programs, to ensuring families are involved in the development and implementation of the 1-3-6 timelines of EHDI. This session will introduce the history of family involvement, the evolution of roles that FBO’s have served in their state and territory EHDI programs, and the progression of leadership skills that family leaders benefit from growing in. This session will be particularly useful for those families who come to the EHDI conference who are asked and sent by EHDI programs in the requirement of funding at least one parent to the annual National EHDI meeting. Participants are encouraged to attend EHDI 101session for basic information and orientation for first time attendees, as this session will support new family leaders as well as motivate seasoned leaders with new ideas. The use of an action plan template will be utilized and discussed so that attendees can meaningfully implement information gleaned at this meeting. Presenters will include a state level parent and EHDI program staff talking about partnership models towards effective engagement.

  • 1. Increase knowledge of the EHDI system and the progression of leadership
  • 2.List at least three ways parents and families, and FBO’s can be involved in their state EHDI system and personalize ideas through a project plan process each participant can take with them.
  • 3.Identify at least one new way you can get involved with your state EHDI program within the next month after the EHDI meeting.

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Presenters/Authors

Janet DesGeorges (), Hands & Voices, janet@handsandvoices.org;
Janet DesGeorges lives in Boulder, Colorado and is Executive Director of 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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Lisa Kovacs (), Hands & Voices , lisakovacs@handsandvoices.org ;
Lisa Kovacs is the Director of Programs for Hands & Voices Headquarters and the Director of the Family Leadership in Language and Learning (FL3) Center. She and her husband Brian have four young adult children including her son who is hard of hearing/deaf. Lisa was the 2019 Antonio Brancia Maxon Award for EHDI Excellence recipient. Her 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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