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Presented by: Amy Szarkowski, Beth Jones and Jennifer Clark

Abstract/Description:

We (heart) Fostering Joy! Parents and professionals continue to collaborate to assist families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) to experience joy in their family journey. This presentation, conducted jointly by parents and professionals, will discuss both why it is beneficial for families to focus on joy, and how to support families in finding and cultivating joy in their everday experiences. By highlighting the science of the benefits of positivity, gratitude, and 'living in the moment,' this presentation will lay the groundwork for the importance and relevance of fostering joy, even – or perhaps especially – at a time when life is posing difficult challenges for so many of us. The Fostering Joy movement continues to grow! (Check out the Fostering Joy FaceBook page for families, the Instagram account for families and professionals, and the website, open to all).

During this presentation, we will share a new reflective tool for families. Building on the progress that has been made by parents in this movement, this presentation will spotlight what professionals can do to foster joy among the families with whom they work. Join us as we share a new Tip Sheet for professionals. As we strive to further grow an inclusive and inviting movement for all who are privileged to work with and know children who are DHH and their families, we invite you to become a Joy Ambassador! No application needed, fees required, or job description to fulfill – just a desire to 'be mindful of being joyful' and to 'spread the word' about the importance of fostering joy in whatever way works for you.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe at least two science-based benefits to demonstrating positivity and/or gratitude.
  • Identify two or more strategies that could be readily implemented either as a professional working with families, or as a family member with a child(ren) who is DHH.
  • Generate a self-statement about what it would mean in one's own life to be a "Joy Ambassador."

Presenters:

Amy Szarkowski, Children's Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf

Amy Szarkowski, PhD, is the Director of The Institute at the Children's Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf (CCCBSD), and faculty for LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities), at Boston Children's Hospital. Dr. Szarkowski holds an academic appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is also an adjunct instructor for the Infants, Toddlers and Families (ITF) Interdisciplinary program at Gallaudet University.

Beth Jones, Nevada Hands & Voices

Beth Jones is the Guide By Your Side Coordinator for Nevada Hands & Voices, as well as an Educational Advocate for the ASTra Program. Prior to beginning a family, Beth earned her Master's degree in Special Education and worked as an Autism Teacher and Behavior Mentor Teacher. Beth became involved with Hands & Voices when two of her three children were identified as being deaf/hard of hearing, and has been a part of Nevada Hands & Voices since 2012. She serves on many state-wide and national committees, teams, and advisory boards as a parent leader to help advocate and support children who are deaf/hard of hearing.

Jennifer Clark, Hawaii Department of Health Early Intervention

Jennifer Clark received her Bachelor's Degree in Communication Disorders and Deaf Studies: Sign Language Interpreting, from California State University, Fresno and her Master's Degree from Gallaudet University in Deaf Education: Family Centered Early Education. Since 2010, Jennifer has been working with D/HH/DB children (birth-3) as the Early Intervention Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Specialist for the Hawaii Department of Health.

Webinar start times (by time zone)

· 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PT

· 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MT

· 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CT

· 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

Where: Adobe Connect- to register click here.

http://infanthearing.org/webinars/2021/supports-and-resources-for-implementing-pediatric-tele-audiology.html

Download the adobeconnect app.

For Windows: http://www.adobe.com/go/Connectsetup

For Mac: http://www.adobe.com/go/ConnectSetupMac

More download information is found at: https://helpx.adobe.com/adobe-connect/connect-downloads-updates.html

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 www.infanthearing.org about a week after the webinar. There are no CEU’s offered for the webinar.

If you have questions about this webinar, please contact Mandy Jay . For technical assistance during the webinar, please contact Daniel Ladner.

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FREE 3-DAY WORKSHOP During these challenging times, UCLA Health and No Limits for deaf children are partnering to have a weekend filled with vital resources, essential workshops on hearing loss by experts in the field, and opportunities to connect with other families and build new and long-lasting friendships.   Teachers and Educators Welcomed! Captions and Spanish translation available.

Friday, June 18
5pm to 7pm Pacific Time/ 6pm to 8pm Mountain Time/ 7pm to 9pm Central Time / 8pm to 10pm Eastern Time
Welcome and Happy Hour

HOSTS Sandy Alexander, SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT Sr. Speech Pathologist, UCLA Health Dr. Michelle Christie Founder & Executive Director No Limits for deaf children and families

Saturday, June 19
10am to 4pm Pacific Time / 11am to 5pm Mountain Time / 12pm to 6pm Central Time / 1pm to 7pm Eastern Time
Multiple Workshops tailored for families of children with hearing loss of all ages.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER Karen Anderson Director of Supporting Success For Children with Hearing Loss

PRESENTERS:

• Sandra Alexander, SLP LSLS, Cert. AVT UCLA Health
• Tina Childress, AuD, CCC-A, educational audiologist
• Dr. Michelle Christie, No Limits for deaf children
• Alison Grimes, AuD, Director of Audiology and Newborn Hearing, UCLA Medical Center
• Dr. Ishiyama, Surgeon and professor in UCLA Head & Neck Division, UCLA Medical Center
• Sandy Johnston, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA, PASC, Pediatric Account Manager for Oticon, Inc.,
• Valerie Lew, Lead Speech-Language Pathologist, UCLA Speech Pathology Clinic
• Dr. Maura Martindale, Ed.D., LSLS Cert. AVEd., Associate Professor - California Lutheran University
• Dr. Hunter Michael, Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
• Sally Tannenbaum, Consumer Engagement Mgr. MED-EL
• Panel of Teens & Young Adults with Hearing Loss • Panel of Adults with Hearing Loss, including Kathy Buckley

Sunday, June 20
10am to 2pm Pacific Time / 11am - 3pm Mountain Time / 12pm - 4pm Central Time / 1pm - 5pm Eastern Time
Celebrating Father’s Day With Fathers Speaking Out and Building Connections

RVSP: www.ParentConnections.org

* SPACE IS LIMITED

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On Thursday, June 10th, NCHAM will be hosting the webinar: “Supports and Resources for Implementing Pediatric Tele-Audiology” Presented by: Jeff Hoffman, Bill Campbell and Brandt Culpepper.

Abstract/Description:

The focus on telehealth has increased during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as health professionals seek to provide a wide variety of health services while maintaining social and physical distancing. While tele-audiology has been in existence for several decades, there is currently a renewed interest by audiologists to adopt telehealth strategies for audiologic assessments and services.

The National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) recently completed a tele-audiology project funded by HRSA/MCHB and AMCHP with the goal of assisting audiology facilities that interested in or that are able to begin conducting pediatric audiologic assessments and services remotely.

This workshop will present the historical background of tele-audiology, an overview of the NCHAM tele-audiology project, the survey results of pediatric audiology facilities use of tele-audiology, and strategies to support adoption and provision of tele-audiology. Resources developed for the project include the revised Tele-Audiology Guide, an Introductory Guide, a planning tool and flowchart, five Technical Support sessions, a Remote Hearing Aid Programming Simulation, and a Facebook group.

Learning Objectives:

– List the types of tele-audiology assessments and services

– Identify the factors to be considered to plan and implement tele-audiology

– Locate tele-audiology resources

Presenters:

Jeff Hoffman, MS, CCC-A. Consultant - National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management

Jeff Hoffman, MS CCC-A, managed the Tele-Audiology project with the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) at Utah State University. Jeff was the Outreach Coordinator with the Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative at NCHAM for seven years and an EHDI Network Consultant for NCHAM for two years. He also served as the program manager for the Nebraska Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program for six years. Jeff chairs of the Hardin County (Iowa) Board of Health and the Greenbelt Home Care/Public Health. He has served on the board of the Dimensions Educational Research Foundation from 2002-14 and was chair from 2006-12. He also served as president of the Directors of Speech and Hearing Programs for State Health and Welfare Agencies in 2008.

Bill Campbell, MCISc. Infant Hearing Consultant

Bill Campbell is a semi-retired Canadian audiologist. Bill has over 20 years of experience as a pediatric audiologist and was the regional coordinator for the Ontario Infant Hearing Program since it’s inception in 2001 until his retirement in 2018. He continues to be active in the field, consulting to various agencies in relation to Early Hearing Detection and Intervention programs. He remains active in the Ontario Infant Hearing Program as well, providing clinical services on occasion and consulting on program and protocol development. Bill

began researching and implementing remote infant Auditory Brainstem Response assessments through teleaudiology in 2008 and developed practices and protocol in use today.

Brandt Culpepper, PhD, CCC-A. EHDI Team Lead, Georgia Department of Public Health

Dr. Brandt Culpepper is the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Team Lead in the Division of Health Promotion at the Georgia Department of Public Health. She has more than 30 years of experience as pediatric audiologist in academic, medical, and public health settings with a focus on early identification of hearing loss. She currently serves on the board of the Directors of Speech and Hearing Programs for State Health and Welfare Agencies, is a member of the CDC EHDI Outcomes Committee, and is facilitating the expansion of infant hearing assessments through teleaudiology in Georgia.

Webinar start times (by time zone)

· 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PT

· 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MT

· 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CT

· 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

Where: Adobe Connect- to register click here.

http://infanthearing.org/webinars/2021/supports-and-resources-for-implementing-pediatric-tele-audiology.html

Download the adobeconnect app.

For Windows: http://www.adobe.com/go/Connectsetup

For Mac: http://www.adobe.com/go/ConnectSetupMac

More download information is found at: https://helpx.adobe.com/adobe-connect/connect-downloads-updates.html

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 www.infanthearing.org about a week after the webinar. There are no CEU’s offered for the webinar.

If you have questions about this webinar, please contact Mandy Jay . For technical assistance during the webinar, please contact Daniel Ladner.

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Join us June 24-26 to learn the latest about hearing health, communication access and the technologies and strategies that help people with hearing loss live well. This three-day event includes a research symposium on Hearing Care for All, and robust workshops on advances in hearing aids, accessibility through mobile devices, hearing access in the workplace and more.

Register Today for Best Rates for HLAA Virtual Convention 2021!

  • Early-bird registration will be $35 through June 15
  • Beginning June 16, registration will be $45

REGISTER  HERE

 

Schedule at a Glance:

NEW THIS YEAR!
  • An interactive Exhibit Hall where participants can view products and chat with informed representatives.
  • Happy Hour Meet and Greet: where you will be entertained, inspired and have the chance to connect with other participants.
Thursday, June 24 Welcome Session

Learn more about what’s to come during the convention.
3 – 3:20 p.m. ET

Presenter:
Jessica Rosenworcel, Acting Chairwoman, Federal Communications Commission

Wireless Accessibility: Finding Mobile Devices and Features that Work for You

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. ET

Presenter:
Shellie Blakeney, Director of Government Affairs, Technology and Engineering Policy, T-Mobile
Ian Dillner, Associate General Counsel, Verizon Media
Robert Kubik, Senior Director, Public Policy, Samsung Electronics
Sarah Leggin, Director, Regulatory Affairs, CTIA

 

Happy Hour Meet and Greet

4:45 – 6 p.m. ET
Where you will be entertained, inspired and have the chance to connect with other participants.

Friday, June 25 Hearing Aids: Over-the-counter (OTC), Direct-to-consumer (DTC) and Connectivity

3 – 4 p.m. ET

Presenter:
Thomas A. Powers, Ph.D., Managing Member, Powers Consulting LLC

Exhibit Hall Open

4:15 – 5:30 p.m. ET

The Latest in Digital Inclusion Technologies

5:45 – 6:45 p.m. ET

Presenter:
Larry Goldberg, Senior Director and Head of Accessibility, Verizon Media 

Saturday, June 26 Research Symposium and Q&A

Noon – 1:30 p.m. ET

Presenters:
Susan Emmett, M.D., M.P.H., Tele-audiology and Hearing Care in Alaska
Nicole Marrone, Ph.D., CCC-A, Community Health Workers and Hearing Care at the U.S.-Mexico Border
Carrie Nieman, M.D., Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, HEARS Peer Educators in Action: Older Adults Serving Older Adults

Exhibit Hall Open

1:45 – 3 p.m. ET

Communication Access in Health Care

3:15 – 4:15 p.m. ET

Presenters:
Peggy Ellertsen, Member, Management Board, Hearing Rehabilitation Foundation and Contributor, HLAA Communication Access in Health Care 
Toni Iacolucci, Contributor, HLAA Communication Access in Health Care Program and Member, Advisory Board, INTERACT Trial
Elaine McCaffrey, Chair Communication Access in Health Care Program and Member, HLAA Board of Directors 
Margaret Wallhagen, Ph.D., Ph.D., RN/GNP-BC, Professor, University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing 

The Promise of Next-Generation Bluetooth® LE Audio Connectivity

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. ET

Presenters:
Linda Kozma-Spytek, Senior Research Audiologist, Technology Access Program, Gallaudet University
Chuck Sabin, Senior Director, Market Development, Bluetooth Special Interest Group, Inc.

2021 HLAA Research Symposium

Hearing Care for All: Innovations in Extending the Reach of Hearing Care 

Saturday, June 26, 2021
Noon – 1:30 p.m. ET

HLAA Research Symposia have been held annually at HLAA Conventions since 1994. The sessions cover cutting-edge scientific findings relevant to adult hearing loss. The symposia are unique because they are geared toward educating the lay audience of people with hearing loss about research. The 2021 Research Symposium is supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), National Institutes of Health (NIH).

MORE INFORMATION

Workshops

June 24-26, 2021

This year’s topics include wireless accessibility and your devices, what you need to know about hearing aids, the workplace and the latest in digital inclusion technologies, communication access in health care and the next generation of Bluetooth connectivity.

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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:  https://usu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_728e7O2qWteUlIa

Webinar start times: (by time zone)
· 12:30pm-1:00pm CT
· 1:30pm-2:00pm ET
Parents of children who are deaf/hard of hearing who are pursuing the listening and spoken language approach and professionals that serve them are invited to join us for this discussion.

Presenters: Cass Fogelstrom, M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVEd and Elizabeth Parker, M.Ed.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

1. Use specific strategies for building relationships with students, families, adults and children using virtual services.

2. Identify the challenges of building virtual relationships and generate solutions for mentoring and coaching through the use of telepractice.

Whether we’re parents, teachers, students or children, we human beings are social animals. We live in packs and we survive and thrive because we learn from each other and work together ~ physically, emotionally and mentally. In other words, we’ve got each other’s backs! So when we were forced to take our “togetherness” online, most of us asked ourselves, “how am I supposed to make, keep and build relationships online, sometimes with people I have never met in person?” The COVID-19 pandemic caused many of us to move to a virtual platform to meet with our students or families. Our student teachers were abruptly made to “pivot” from learning from a teacher in a classroom to learning from a classroom teacher who was pivoting as well. Parents became homeschool teachers with a “ready or not” timeline. All of us were thrown into the deep end of the pool left to figure out how to not only keep the positive relationships we had, but also to build new relationships through a virtual connection. In this presentation, you will hear from two deaf educators ~one who works virtually with families and the other who works virtually with graduate students. Meeting via technology is something that these teachers have been doing long before the world was forced into this realm by COVID. How can we build relationships with mentees when we’ve never actually met face to face? If you have a good relationship with parents in their home, how can you maintain and strengthen them now that you don’t have that face-to-face connection? We have found that there are actually many benefits to working virtually with students and families. In this presentation, you will learn some new ideas to finding positive ways to keep those personal relationships strong.

Presenter: Cass Fogelstrom, M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVEd

Cass Fogelstrom provides tele-intervention services for families throughout the country. She has a Master’s Degree in Education from the John Tracy Clinic/University of San Diego. Additionally, Cass has a certification as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist, Auditory Verbal Educator (LSLS Cert. AVEd). Cass has focused her time and career coaching parents in their home, either in person or through video-conferencing. She has a passion for instilling confidence within the family as they navigate their journey of having a child with hearing loss. She believes in a team approach, noting that parents and family members are the number one teachers and experts in their child’s life. Cass is always looking forward to meeting new families and learning about their unique and special circumstances. The possibilities of bringing every child to his or her full potential are endless!

Presenter: Elizabeth Parker, M.Ed

Elizabeth Parker is a Clinical Instructor and Practicum Supervisor in the Listening and Spoken Language Deaf Education program, Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education at Utah State University. She has served as a classroom teacher, aural habilitation specialist and Program Director of Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. She has taught and mentored hundreds of students and professionals to better serve children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Liz believes that communication is at the heart of everything we do as human beings. She is passionate about meeting new people, mentoring students and helping people realize their true potential.

Parents of children who are deaf/hard of hearing who are pursuing the listening and spoken language approach and professionals that serve them are invited to join us for this discussion.

This webinar will be recorded. Please see the website for access to this and other webinar recordings: http://www.heartolearn.org/communities/learning-together-archive.html

CEUs are not offered for this webinar presentation.

Where: Adobe Connect- to register here

Download the adobeconnect app.:

-  For Windows: http://www.adobe.com/go/Connectsetup

-  For Mac: http://www.adobe.com/go/ConnectSetupMac

More download information is found at: https://helpx.adobe.com/adobe-connect/connect-downloads-updates.html

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

· Questions about this webinar: contact Nicole Jacobson

· Technical assistance during the webinar: contact Daniel Ladner

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On Thursday, May 27th, NCHAM will be hosting the webinar: “Discovering Affordable Technology Access for Families” Presented by: Tawny Holmes and Zainab Alkebsi.

Abstract/Description:

An increasing number of EHDI resources are becoming "green" (paperless) or virtual, but that means families with limited access to internet may be left in the dust. This presentation will share immediately usable information about free or affordable technology access that is available to families with lower socio-economic status. This technology access is required/funded by the federal government, and often is not common knowledge among early intervention professionals. Did you know that families may be qualified for free or $10 a month wireless internet? Did you know that parents may qualify for a $10 a month cell phone bill? Free iPads? This company-neutral presentation by a national advocacy organization is strictly focused on providing information on all major telecommunications companies' offers as mandated/provided by federal law. Come and learn more so you can support your families with teleintervention (including virtual learning, apps, webinars) and more wonderful electronic resources out there!

Learning Objectives:

· Parents and professionals will be able to list various avenues to receive affordable technology access.

· Participants will develop strategies for families to apply for technology access.

· Participants will locate relevant websites and companies where they can proceed with applications.

Presenters:

Tawny Holmes Hlibok is the Education Policy Counsel at the National Association of the Deaf along with being Assistant Professor in the Department of ASL and Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University. She graduated from University of Baltimore School of Law. In addition to her law degree with a family mediation & law certification, she has a Master of Arts in Family Centered Early Education. Ms. Holmes has worked three years in teaching deaf and hard of hearing students, mainly in the early childhood education field. As part of her position, she focuses on improving/establishing federal and state policy related to early intervention and education of deaf and hard of hearing children. Ms. Holmes strongly believes in the power of collaboration and has contributed a significant amount of her work towards this endeavor, in varying ways, from promoting parent resources to inclusion of deaf and hard of hearing adult professionals.

Zainab Alkebsi, Esq. is the Policy Counsel at the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). She is responsible for providing analysis, recommendations, and counsel to the NAD on policy issues affecting people who are deaf and hard of hearing. Prior to joining the NAD, she served as Deputy Director at the Maryland Governor's Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing where she coordinated the office's legislative and policy efforts. Licensed to practice law in Maryland, she is also a member of the American Bar Association and the Maryland State Bar Association. She received her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She also has a B.A. in Political Science from University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

Webinar start times (by time zone)

· 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PT

· 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MT

· 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CT

· 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

Where: Adobe Connect- to register click http://infanthearing.org/webinars/2021/discovering-affordable-technology-access-for-families.html

Download the adobeconnect app.

For Windows: http://www.adobe.com/go/Connectsetup

For Mac: http://www.adobe.com/go/ConnectSetupMac

More download information is found at: https://helpx.adobe.com/adobe-connect/connect-downloads-updates.html

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 www.infanthearing.org about a week after the webinar. There are no CEU’s offered for the webinar.

If you have questions about this webinar, please contact Mandy Jay . For technical assistance during the webinar, please contact Daniel Ladner.

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You can get full access to this year's Deaf Studies Today Conference, "Deaf Lives 360" for just $15. Or join ASDC and attend free! Join here and email cheri@deafchildren.org for your code. Offer ends Monday, 4/12.

This virtual conference is hosted by Deaf Studies Today! and brings together the brightest minds and latest thinking within the interdisciplinary field of Deaf Studies. This year's exciting conference presentations include:

  • Deaf Students’ Experiences Navigating Isolation and Bias at College
  • Facing Transitions: Learning ASL in Online Environment
  • Discipline at Deaf Schools: Patterns of Concern Related to Gender and Ethnicity 
  • Deaf Mental Health: Introduction and Conceptual Foundations
  • Navigating Medical Care as a Deaf Person during COVID: Perspective of a Deaf Doctor
  • Language Deprivation in College Writing Classrooms
  • The Counter-Narrative Cycle: Examining Lived-Realities in Deaf Lives
  • Deafness for Sale: The Commodification of Representation 
  • Historical Deaf Space and Place
  • The Contribution of Black Deaf Performing Arts
  • Entertainment by The Journey of Sunshine Too and 2.0

All sessions are presented in ASL with English captions. They have been pre-recorded so you can view them at your own pace (now through April 16th). Registration deadline is Monday, April 12.

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All interested parties who wish to attend NCSA's April Board Meeting! 

TIME: 10 am - 1 pm (EDT(; 9 am - 12pm (CDT)

REGISTER HERE:    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeb5mIjjaPbv2pZ83PGk9FtsqDVk7-sGovlL8gzvfC_NQz7zg/viewform

This is will be an opportunity for members of the public to learn more about the exciting projects the NCSA Board is working on. The Board will follow a tightly scheduled Agenda so attendees will not be able to actively participate (outside of Chat) for the majority of the meeting, but there will be an opportunity for non-Board members to speak directly to the Board about any issues or projects at the end of the meeting.

A Zoom link and Agenda, along with additional instructions, will be emailed a day or two in advance of the meeting. The meeting will be conducted in spoken and cued English with Live Transcript enabled. If you have any questions or requests for reasonable accommodations, please contact the Secretary at ssizemore@cuedspeech.org

* Required

Time (EST)     Agenda Item

10:00                 Welcome/Call to Order

10:05                 Approval of Minutes from January 2021 meeting (5 m)

10:10                 Reports & Q&A

                            Executive Committee; Esther Rimer (15 m)

                            Budget Q&A; Suhad Keblawi (5 m)

                            Finance; Nicole Dugan (15 m)

                            Spring Fundraising Campaign; Rachel McAnallen (15 m)

                            Legislative Update; Ben Lachman (15 m)

                            Scholarships; Sara Sizemore (15 m)

                            Other Reports and Q&A (15 m)

11:45                 Unfinished Business

                            Upcoming meeting dates:

                            --New Orleans-- In person or Online? (10 m)

                            --Summer Meetings (15 m)

12:10                 New Business

                            Camps Reimbursement Request (15 m)

                            Community Outreach Update (15 m)

12:40                 Open floor (20 m)

1:00                   Adjourn

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This year’s ALDA Convention theme is your Passport to Accessibility! Invite your family and friends to this year’s Convention in Niagara Falls, New York. Engage in workshops designed for the deaf/Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing family and allies. Explore the wonders of Niagara Falls on both the United States and Canadian side. Be certain to have the new driver’s license requirements if flying and/or your passport to join us and/or to explore both the United States and Canadian side of the beautiful Niagara Falls.

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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:  https://usu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bkewlBh9scLkg1U

Webinar start times: (by time zone)
· 12:30pm-1:00pm CT
· 1:30pm-2:00pm ET
Parents of children who are deaf/hard of hearing who are pursuing the listening and spoken language approach and professionals that serve them are invited to join us for this discussion.

Presenter: Nicole Jacobson, MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert AVEd

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

1. Understand the role that reading plays in spoken language development.

2. Understand how talking and reading deepen parent-child bonds, which further strengthens child development.

3. Learn how to use various types of text and LSL strategies to engage a child in shared reading experiences.

Parents of children who are deaf/hard of hearing who are pursuing the listening and spoken language approach and professionals that serve them are invited to join us for this discussion.

Presenter: Nicole Jacobson, MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd

Nicole Jacobson is the Director of Sound Beginnings, a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist, and a Speech-Language Pathologist. She received a Bachelor’s Degree at Brigham Young University in Special Education, with a minor in music. She also received her second Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at Utah State University in Speech-Language Pathology. Nicole has loved working with the amazing children and their families at Sound Beginnings and strives to offer services that are not only child-focused but are truly family-centered. Nicole has also thoroughly enjoyed working as a clinical supervisor with the Utah State University graduate students from the Listening and Spoken Language Graduate Studies Program.

This webinar will be recorded. Please see the website for access to this and other webinar recordings: http://www.heartolearn.org/communities/learning-together-archive.html

CEUs are not offered for this webinar presentation.

Presenter: Jeanette Smoot, MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd
Jeanette Smoot loves her work as a Speech-Language Pathologist at 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.

Where: Adobe Connect- to register here

Download the adobeconnect app.:

-  For Windows: http://www.adobe.com/go/Connectsetup

-  For Mac: http://www.adobe.com/go/ConnectSetupMac

More download information is found at: https://helpx.adobe.com/adobe-connect/connect-downloads-updates.html

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

· Questions about this webinar: contact Nicole Jacobson

· Technical assistance during the webinar: contact Daniel Ladner