Family Matters!    Saturday, MARCH 16, 2019!

Exhibitor and Sponsor registration is now closed. Check back for Family Matters 2019! updates.

For information about how you can support the Family Matters! event through donations or sponsorships contact:

Jennifer Wilcox

(734) 232-5759


                                          UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN FRIENDS GIFTSHOP

Since 1959, Friends has been a partner of U-M Michigan Medicine, helping to promote the health, welfare and education of our community.  Friends is a board-governed, volunteer-staffed, non-profit community organization that administers and manages four Health System Gift Shops. The revenue generated from these shops provide funds for patient programs and educational projects.

                                            MICHGAN EARLY HEARING DETECTION AND INTERVENTION PROGRAM                                                 (EHDI)

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.


                                       DeafBlind Central

Michigan’s Training & Resource Project is a comprehensive statewide technical assistance project. We provide information, training, and support for families and/or professionals who are impacted by or associated with a child who has a combined vision and hearing loss. Services are provided year-round, free of charge, and can be accessed until the student has left his or her educational setting. At DB Central we maintain the belief that people who are DeafBlind should share equally in the respect, opportunity, and life enjoyment afforded all people.  We are committed to advancing the recognition of the unique needs of people who are DeafBlind.  This is accomplished by promoting individualized instruction and family centered planning processes.    

                                                     Oticon Pediatrics & Oticon Medical

At Oticon Pediatrics, “A better future for every infant, child and teen with hearing loss” is our mission, reflected in our BrainHearing™ approach in our hearing instruments – from Opn to Sensei and more -  to support every child's cognitive development and speech understanding. Learn more at

At Oticon Medical, we are passionate about using our combined expertise and resources to open up the world of sound to as many people as possible. The Ponto sound processor is currently the world’s most power abutment-level processor family, Ponto 3. Visit us on the web at

Advanced Bionics is a global leader in developing the most advanced cochlear implant systems in the world.  Focused on innovations that improve quality of life, AB has consistently created the industry’s leading advancements in hearing technology. In 2009, AB joined Phonak as part of the Sonova Group of companies and began a collaboration unlike any other in the industry. This union has led to unique products that improve your child’s ability to confidently communicate with the world around them. Together, we will continue to challenge the boundaries of technology to provide your child with unrivaled hearing performance throughout their lifetime.

​​At United Healthcare, we serve millions of people from their earliest years through their working lives and into retirement. What unites us is our mission to help people live healthier lives and make the health system work better for everyone.