In lieu of postponing the 2020 SERID Conference, SERID, INC. gladly presents:

SERID Seminars 

SERID Seminars will provide a virtual opportunity for professional development with unique topics that impact the Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing communities.

All Seminars will be from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Eastern Time; 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Central Time

SAVE THE DATES for our first SERID Seminars!

Thursday, October 29, 2020
Friday, November 6, 2020
Friday, November 13, 2020
Friday, November 20, 2020

Each Seminar will offer FREE CRCC and RID CEUs, pending approval

The SERID Conference Has Been Postponed Until October 2021


TIME:  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CT; · 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

For many families the early hearing detection and intervention process impacts not only the primary caregivers but also the extended family, in particular, grandparents. For some families, grandparents and others, are able to provide much valued support in a variety of ways including practical, financial and emotional. Intergenerational support can enhance family well-being which in turn creates a more positive environment for child development. For other families, grandparents may need information and time to understand the needs of the child who is deaf and the caregivers. Grandparents and extended families may be actively engaged in services including audiologic assessment and early intervention sessions. There are also a growing number of grandparents who are serving as the primary caregivers for children. This presentation will provide an overview of research on the role of the extended family in early intervention. The session will include recommendations of ways to positively engage extended family members in the early detection and intervention process for primary caregivers and for professionals.

Obstacles to maximizing intergenerational support will be considered. Case studies will be reviewed and participants will share effective programming and strategies to enhance extended family engagement from their experiences in early intervention. Resources for caregivers and professionals will be explored.


  • Describe the research on extended family engagement in early intervention.
  • Describe at least 5 ways that grandparents can support the development of children who are deaf/hard of hearing.
  • Identify at least 5 strategies that early intervention providers can use to enhance extended family engagement.

Susan Lenihan is a professor in the deaf education program at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO. The program prepares teachers, speech-language pathologists and early interventionists for careers in deaf education. Her professional interests include early intervention, cochlear implants, the role of the family in communication development, the impact of trauma on child development and literacy.


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Note: If your institution does not permit you to add the above link, you may go to the above URL directly, however, we have been advised that optimal performance is achieved via the app.

Live captioning will also be provided.

This webinar will be recorded and posted online at about a week after the webinar. There are no CEU’s offered for


ASL-English interpreters will be provided throughout the conference. 

Day 1 (Saturday 11/7) will be offered for 0.35 ASHA CEUs. Day 2 (Sunday 11/8) will be offered for 0.40 ASHA CEUs.

Purchase orders are accepted if payment is received prior to 10/21/2020.

Regular registration ends 10/21/2020

Register here.


  The summit will be held on Friday, October 9th from 12-4PM ES via Zoom.  Spaces are limited!

The Information Technology Summit will provide an opportunity for employers to connect with talented Gallaudet University students who are Information Technology and Business majors.  Students will learn from you about emerging trends in IT including Cybersecurity, Web and Program Development. Students will also meet professionals in the field, both hearing and deaf, who will inspire them to consider the many shapes and forms of careers in Information Technology.

To register for this event, please visit:…


The Florida Film Festival - Live Stream presentation. This event will be streaming on our YouTube channel - if you haven't already, create an account so you can connect with other members of the Feeling Through community in the chat box and ask any questions you may have of the panelists.

TIME:  6:00 pm CDT / 7:00 pm EDT




Feeling Through - (18 minutes)
A coming of age film about the unlikely connection between a teen in need and a DeafBlind man. It is the first film ever to feature a DeafBlind actor in a lead role.

Connecting the Dots - (24 minutes)
A documentary following the journey of making Feeling Through and the search for the DeafBlind man who inspired it.

Engaging the Community - (45 minutes)
An integral part of The Feeling Through Experience is bringing the DeafBlind community and other communities together in one space to discuss the films’ various themes as well as topics related to the DeafBlind community. This portion of the event includes a panel discussion and Q&A with:

·       Creator - Doug Roland

·       DeafBlind Actor - Robert Tarango

·       Members of the local DeafBlind community



A Conference for H&V Chapter Leaders, H&V GBYS and ASTra Programs, Family Based Organizations, Parents of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, and the Professionals Who Work with Us

Exciting Leadership Topics!
• Building Cultural Resiliency in a Diverse Community
• Developing Parent Leaders: Where do Professionals Fit in?
• Influence vs Authority: Expanding your Influence to Create Giants of Others
• And more: Leading with joy, homeschooling, mental health, non-profit management, balancing life and leadership…

The Hands & Voices Leadership Conference brings together family leaders from all over the world to develop skills, to receive training on providing leadership to others and to impact local systems. It is the only conference of its kind devoted exclusively to teach family members with children who are deaf or hard of hearing to be effective agents of change.

This conference is an excellent time to network and learn. Please help us build our audience by extending an invitation to a favorite teacher, your EHDI Coordinator, an important school administrator or families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. If you are not involved in specific activities for Hands & Voices, this is still a fantastic conference containing up-to-date information, fascinating conversations, and exploration of content in a new and exciting way.  Please join us!

The H&V Leadership Conference Registration
$395 - Full general conference
$275 - Saturday Only
$275 - Student - full general conference
- Early Bird Ends August 16th, 2021 -
Registration prices increase by $50.00 on August 17th, 2027

*Housing is not included in price.

CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY: Refunds will be made to those registrants who cancel, less a $75 processing fee. Written cancellation requests must be received on or before August 16, 2020. No refunds will be made after August 16th, 2020. Substitutions are welcome at no charge. Please EMAIL cancellations to

Please note:  We are closely monitoring the CO-VID 19 Pandemic. As of now, we are planning to have an in-person conference.  We are following state and federal guidelines and recommendations. The safety of our staff, attendees, and conference center employees will be our number one priority. In the event we must cancel an in-person conference due to mandatory state and or federal guidelines the following refund policy will be implemented: Full refund of conference registration fees less a .05 percent processing fee will be implemented. Hands & Voices will only refund the cost of registration. No other travel costs will be refunded by Hands & Voices.

The Leadership Conference runs Friday through Sunday, September 17-19, 2021.
General Registration includes:

Friday 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
(Includes light meal and opening session/activities)

Saturday 7:00 – 4:30 pm sessions
(Includes breakfast.  Lunch available to purchase on-site)

Sunday 7:30 – 12:30 pm sessions
(Includes breakfast)

Click Here to Register

Hotel Information--

Special Room Rate Available until August 17th—$139.00 per night

Book your group rate for Hands and Voices Sept 2021

For more conference information please visit the website - link provided below



Theme: "50 and Fabulous: SERID through the Years: The Future is Now"

Conference at a Glance and Registration:

Hotel Information:  Hilton Knoxville


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Interpreters:  Apply Now

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Please join The Sound Off Ladies and over 20 celebrities for a celebration to honor the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Class of 2020! Saturday, June 6th at 7:30 pm Central time! Airing on


Hear to Learn offers a free monthly webinar series. The webinars cover a variety of topics related to the listening and spoken language development of children with hearing loss. Parents and professionals are welcome to attend!

Register here:

Webinar start times: (by time zone)
· 10:30am-11:00am PT
· 11:30am-12:00pm MT
· 12:30pm-1:00pm CT
· 1:30pm-2:00pm ET

The Auditory Skills Hierarchy:
What does it mean for a child to "hear" you? How do you know when a sound has been simply detected or when that sound has meaning? In this 30 minute webinar, we will discuss what it means to "hear" something and what is needed for words/sounds to have meaning to the listener.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will:
· Discuss definitions of auditory detection, discrimination, identification and comprehension.
· View and analyze multiple video examples of each.
· Discuss how the use of hearing technology impacts a child's ability to move through this skill hierarchy.
· Brainstorm ways to provide opportunities for practice in daily routines.

Presenter: Jeanette Smoot, MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd
Jeanette Smoot loves her work as a Speech-Language Pathologist in Sound Beginnings at Utah State University and is nationally certified as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist. Coaching families and mentoring graduate students are a key part of her role at Sound Beginnings. Jeanette enjoys finding creative ways to weave the children's language and speech goals into any setting or activity.


The Association of Late Deafened Adults (ALDA) will host its 31st annual conference (better known as ALDAcon) from October 23-27, 2019 at the Marriott Kansas City Overland Park.

As an homage to the beloved “Wizard of Oz”, the theme of this year’s conference is “There’s No Place Like Home”.   We all look forward to this opportunity to come “home”, to see our friends who are also considered family, to stay up late chatting, learning and enjoying each other!