|Saturday, 27 February 2010|
|The Deaf Bilingual Coalition Workshop: “Raising Awareness of Early Intervention Programs: How to Make a Difference for Deaf Babies” was hosted this evening, February 27th by the Chicago Club for the Deaf. The Deaf Bilingual Coalition would like to thank the Chicago Club for the Deaf for hosting this important awareness workshop and also for their support and donations towards DBC’s efforts. Tonight was another awesome event with over 75 people in attendance. As always, it was absolutely wonderful to see so many people come to support Deaf babies and their language rights.This workshop gave the audience a bigger perspective of what early detection and intervention is all about and how families are impacted by its services. The DBC emphasized the importance of becoming involved as Deaf stakeholders in all parts of their states’ EHDI programs (Early Hearing Detection and Intervention). Parents of Deaf children benefit tremendously from Deaf professionals as first contacts, role models, mentors for language, and as resources of support.The workshop presenters were John Egbert, David Reynolds, and Tami Hossler.
Also, the DBC will be attending and presenting at the 2010 EHDI Conference at the Intercontinental Hotel O’Hare this Monday and Tuesday, March 1st and 2nd. The DBC and other organizations will be meeting with national EHDI directors to discuss the inclusion of Deaf stakeholders in all levels of EHDI and the importance of providing parents the information and resources they need so their children can have the opportunity to be bilingual in ASL and English.