Family Matters!                   MARCH 18, 2017

​​​​SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2017

​Registration Now Closed.

2017 Workshop details coming soon!


Lansing Community College - West Campus

Registration starts at 8:30 am

Event takes place 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

CART and SIGN LANGUAGE interpreters  will be available during every session!

Join us for a one day workshop for the entire family. Kids who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, as well as their parents and siblings, are invited to attend. Activities are planned for children of all ages. Parent sessions are designed for both oral and manual communication modes, for children of very young ages through teens. Meals will be provided and snacks will be offered throughout the day. Childcare for infants and toddlers will be available on-site  (please note: A limited number of child care slots are available. If you are interested in utilizing the childcare service, be sure to register early!). 


"We look forward to the conference every year! We always take home 2-3 key take-a-ways every year that are actionable.  We appreciate learning from other families and professionals.  The tips we take away have been truly instrumental to giving our daughter the tools she needs to have access to language and communication.  Thank you!!!"

"Our granddaughter is 5 years old and has a hearing loss.  We are learning so much about how to deal with the issues surrounding this.  This seminar was so helpful in our understanding that using all the tools for DHH children is important for their long term growth and success in life.  Thank you."

"This conference allowed my family to meet and connect with other families and learn about how they have overcome challenges.  We learned about the importance of developing language with our Deaf child and are taking home resources to help us in the future."

"It’s a time to connect with other families to realize that you are not alone.  To learn new ways to interact with our children and families.  Thank you so much for the opportunities to get new tools to help us support our children to be the best that they can be."

"Our daughter looks forward to this every year. (We do too!)  She counts down the days until she gets to see “kids like me.”  She is the only child with hearing loss in her school, and craves spending time with other kids that have hearing loss.  We learn so much each year we attend.  We can’t wait to share with other families who couldn’t attend.  We’ve made lifelong friendships with other families that understand what we go through."

"This conference means a lot to my family.  I am so grateful to have the opportunity to be here.  I feel this has helped me and my family understand more and have so much more information and help than we had before.  I love the support and being around others that can relate.  I know my daughter enjoys interacting with the other children that can relate too.  Really grateful to be able to have something like this and will come next year!  We really enjoy it!  Thank you for all that you do to make this!"

"We look forward to the Family Matters Conference not just as parents, but for our children.  Our son doesn’t have anyone else close by that is Deaf or Hard of Hearing.  This helps his confidence.  We are able to learn and grow so much as a family all thanks to everyone who helps put on this event every year!"

"My husband and I left feeling so refreshed and energized. We had moments that we cried and moments that gave us more hope than we had ever had before. We were in awe of this community of people that we A, had no idea existed and B, how much we and our children needed them. It was a wonderful feeling when our son said he made lots of new friends. “Friends just like me mom!” Our eyes were opened in so many ways. This was just such a great experience for us, and we can’t wait to have more!"

About the Organizers

University of Michigan Pediatric Audiology

The Pediatric Audiology team at University of Michigan Health System is dedicated to creating a caring and collaborative culture to improve outcomes for children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.  We provide outreach and information resources to connect families of children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing to education, peer-support, and other support services.  It is our goal to help foster mutually beneficial partnerships between families, educators, and health care professionals.


​​The Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program (EHDI) is a part of the Michigan Department of  Health and Human Services and works with hospitals and clinics to identify infants who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing as early as possible. The role of the EHDI program is to provide training and technical assistance to hospitals and audiology clinics to insure that all infants who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing are identified before three months of age. The EHDI program also provides education to the greater medical community as well as to families. Michigan EHDI provides funding and coordination for the Michigan Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side™ program which allows families to meet with another parent of a child who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

The EHDI program is supported in part by grants from the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal Child Health Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Family Matters! A fun-filled, one-day workshop for families with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.