Delaware Families for Hands & Voices Newsletter

Delaware Families for Hands & Voices

2014 January Newsletter

Delaware's Still Listening:
Raising Self Advocates

Thursday, February 27, 2014, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Delaware Technical Community College - Terry Campus
The Conference Center - Education & Technology Bldg. 700, Dover

Registration for this free conference is open online!

I am excited about the theme for Delaware's Still Listening this year, and I hope you all are too!  This is not a theme purely for parents, either.  Besides a free lunch, the agenda includes a wide range of approaches to teaching children advocacy in multiple arenas.  We hope participants bring enthusiasm as well as questions and advocacy topics to raise and explore.  How about some warm-up reading before the conference? 

Here are some articles from Hands & Voices' website on the topic of self-advocacy for deaf and hard of hearing children:

Self-advocacy for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

Passing of the "Advocacy" Baton: One Family's Story

Matthew's Presentation: PowerPoint as a Self-Advocacy Tool

Learning the Hard Way: Becoming a Successful Self-Advocate

Self-Advocacy and Use of an Educational Interpreter

Informal Inventory of Independence and Self-Advocacy Skills for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students

In lieu of the traditional panel discussion, this year the conference will include a screening of taped interviews with deaf and hard of hearing children around the state.  If you know a kid that would want to be included, reply to this email and Angie will help you get in touch with the right folks!

Keynote Speaker Harold Johnson
brought to you by Hands & Voices

Harold Johnson is an educator with 43 years of experiencing in the field of Deaf Education.  He has worked as a teacher, then as a program administrator, and then finally as a university professor (Kent State University & Michigan State University) preparing individuals to become teachers of students who are deaf/hard of hearing (d/hh).   Much of his career focused upon the use of Web based technologies and resources to enhance education, reduce isolation, facilitate collaboration and recognize excellence (e.g.,  In 2006 his work expanded to include an emphasis upon understanding and preventing the maltreatment of children with disabilities.  This work resulted in the establishment of the "O.U.R. Children Project" (O = Observe; U = Understand: & R = Respond).  The project, carried out in collaboration with the "Hands & Voices," represents a major effort to reduce the incidence and impact of child maltreatment via awareness, understanding, and proactive engagement.  This work is generating knowledge, skills, and resources that serve to not only keep children safe, but also help insure their academic success as they progress from early intervention, to school, and to adulthood. 


EHDI 2014 Annual Meeting
Parent Stipends Available

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs have always been strongly encouraged to actively involve parents and other family members of children who are deaf or hard of hearing in their program planning and implementation activities. 
To help EHDI programs achieve this objective, each state and territory is being offered a stipend that can be used to encourage a parent of a deaf or hard of hearing child to attend the 2014 National EHDI Meeting, April 13 - 15, 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida.
Contact your state EHDI Coordinator if you are interested in applying to receive your state's stipend. 
For more information about the National EHDI Conference visit  Parent stipends are available for a limited time only, if you are interested in applying for a parent stipend, contact your EHDI Coordinator TODAY!
EHDI 2014 Annual Meeting
In Delaware the EHDI coordinator is
Kathryn Tullis, PhD
Phone: 302-744-4906


Newcastle County 911 Upgrade

From the Smart911 website:
"Smart911 allows citizens to create a safety profile for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 and response teams to have in the event of an emergency. When a citizen makes an emergency call, their safety profile is automatically displayed to the 9-1-1 call taker.
Fire crews can arrive at a house fire knowing how many people live in the home and the location of bedrooms, EMS can be advised of allergies or specific medical conditions, and police can have the photo of a missing child in seconds rather than hours." 
So, what does that mean for families with deaf or hard of hearing children?  It means the firefighter, EMT, or other first responder looking for your kid will already know your kid can't hear him before he comes through your door.  You can also set your preferences from the site to automatically alert 911 operators that you need to communicate with them over SMS (text messaging).  It even stores info on your pets, so Spot doesn't surprise anybody.  In short, Smart911 means using technology for better communication in an emergency, and that is something we can all get behind!   Sign your family up today.

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