​Session Details 2018 


Keynote Address: "Heroes Within Us" - Dr. Jaime McClintic

Join us as Dr. Jamie McClintic tells her story.


She’s a successful, ambitious, gracious, and inspirational hard of hearing community member. She’s lived this journey, every step of the way from the very beginning – and will see it through to the very end.  She has risen to the unexpected challenges of life as a hard of hearing individual and has persevered.  She has learned that there is simply, no other option, but to prevail. Nothing is worth losing to a disability; in fact, disability, if planted right, can become the seed that will grow your potential.


Who plants the seed? And more importantly? Who nurtures and waters it?


Everyone needs their person, their hero.  Today she will talk to us about her hero.  What makes her wake up each morning with the drive and desire to conquer what the world throws at her? Who helps her get through the days hours, and minutes as a person with a significant disadvantage in life?


Heroes are always among us, but they are also deep within us. Dr. Jamie McClintic will find and fuel what we, as parents need to help our children succeed.


Come and hear her secret, what gives her strength enough to face each day. Hear who is the, “Hero Within” her.  And learn how to become the, “Hero Within” your child.  


Keynote Guest Speaker: "What does success look like and how can we help our children achieve it?" - Dr. Harold Johnson

​The goal is for our children to be both happy and successful.  We hope that this goal can be accomplished through our love, support, vigilance and work.  While we know that our children must overcome barriers to achieve success, we are frequently unaware of the interpersonal barriers our children must be prepared to face.  This presentation will assist parents: a) define what success “looks like” for their children; b) identify what they are doing to support their child’s success; and c) understand how the Hands & Voices O.U.R. Children Project can be used to assist parents to enhance the safety and success of their children.  


​Breakout Session A: "Educational Advocacy - It's not about winning or losing, but how you play the game" - Dr. Jamie McClintic

​​Dr. Jamie McClintic will present on educational advocacy and discuss what techniques can yield the best results for your child.  She sits all sides of your story as she is a school professional, hard of hearing herself, and a parent of a child with disabilities.  Dr. McClintic has navigated the school systems since 1984 when she was denied a public education.  There are strategies and techniques that that fare well in getting needs met and strategies that do not. Listen firsthand to what advice she has to offer.  Whether you are a seasoned professional or new to this journey, there will be strategies for everyone. You will leave this session with the tools, verbiage, and strategies to proactively advocate for your child. 


Breakout Session B: "We don't know what we don't know - Support for families new to the journey"

​The majority of parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH) have no family history of deafness/hearing loss. Often, we “don’t know what we don’t know.” Even if parents can relate on some level, it can still be challenging to navigate the medical and educational systems, know which resources might be helpful, or how to support a child’s communication development. Take this time to sit and discuss the journey of raising a child who is D/HH with us: experienced parents of children with hearing levels from mild to profound, and individuals who grew up D/HH. We are stronger when we share and learn from one another. This session will primarily be useful to those with children identified in approximately the past year. All ages and communication modes welcome.


Breakout Session C:  "A Panel of Sucessful Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind Adults"

​Families of Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind children will certainly benefit from attending this session.  They will have the opportunity to learn about each panelist’s educational and family background.  The panelists will also talk about their current careers or colleges they are attending and share specific things that enabled them to become successful adults.   They will answer guided questions from a moderator and open questions from the audience. 


Breakout Session D: "What we have learned along the way - Supporting children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing with other conditions."

​Join us for an hour of learning and supporting each other.  In this session, you will hear from a panel of parents who have a child with hearing loss and additional disabilities including DeafBlindness, Physical Disabilities, Intellectual Disability, and Behavioral Considerations.  The session will be facilitated by Jennifer Bigelow-Stambaugh, Family Support Coordinator for DeafBlind Central.  Panelists will speak to their experiences supporting their children/youth in the educational setting and in the community.  They will speak to both challenges and successes that they have had along their journey.  Not only will there be time for sharing of experiences, but there will also be time for open discussion, questions and sharing of information and resources.  


Breakout Session E: "An interactive exploration of the O.U.R. Children Project"

​​This breakout session is designed to provide an interactive context for parents to explore the use of the O.U.R. Children Project to enhance the safety and success of their children.  Emphasis will be upon parent’s questions and application of Project resources and strategies within their children’s day-to-day lives.   

FAMILY MATTERS! A FUN-FILLED, ONE-DAY WORKSHOP FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING.

2018 Agenda


Child- and teen- friendly activities will be available throughout the day. For an overview of these activities, check out the FOR KIDS tab in the menu above.


8:30 a.m.                          Registration Begins

​                                            Classrooms Open - Child drop off


9:30 - 9:40 a.m.              Opening Announcements


9:40 - 9:50 a.m.              Safe Kids - About the day for kids


9:50 - 10:50 a.m.            Keynote Address - "Heroes Within Us" - Dr. Jamie McClintic


10:50 - 11:50 a.m.          Guest Speaker - "What does sucess look like and how can we help our children achieve it? - Dr.                                                      Harold Johnson


​11:55 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.   Lunch (provided)

                                             Exhibitors Available


1:00 - 2:00 p.m.               Concurrent Sessions Part 1

                                             Session A - "Educational Advocacy - It's not about winning or losing, but how you play the                                                            game"  -  Dr. Jamie McClintic

                                              Session B - "We don't know what we don't know - Support for families new to the journey" 

                                              Session C - "A Panel of Sucessful Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind Adults" - Sheri Cook,

                                              B.S. & M. A.


2:00 - 2:15 p.m.               Break


2:15 - 3:15 p.m.               Concurrent Sessions Part 2 

                                             Session A:  "Educational Advocacy - It's not about winning or losing, but how you play the                                                            game"  -  Dr. Jamie McClintic

                                             Session D: "What we have learned along the way - Supporting children who are Deaf and Hard of                                          Hearing with other conditions" - Jennifer Bigelow-Stambaugh, MSA

                                             Session E: "An interactive exploration of the O.U.R. Children Project" - Dr. Harold Johnson

                                      

3:15 - 3:30 p.m.               Closing Announcements


3:30 - 4:30 p.m.               Exhibitors Available

Family Matters!    Saturday, MARCH 16, 2019!