Family Matters!    Saturday, MARCH 16, 2019!

Family Matters Volunteer Opportunities:

Family Matters is a one-day workshop for children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and their families.  This is a unique experience as the entire family is invited to join in the fun - regardless of whether they are Deaf, Hard of Hearing or have typical hearing.  Separate sessions are designed for parents and children of all ages - including childcare for our youngest attendees.  Children have the opportunity to meet others who use sign language, hearing aids and cochlear implants.  Siblings with typical hearing also have the chance to meet others with the similar experience of growing up in a family of a child with a special need.  In 2017, 113 parents and 123 children representing 70 families attended the workshop.  We hope to meet even more families at this year’s event. 

The day wouldn’t be possible without the help of volunteers.  We hope you will consider volunteering your time and talents to this year’s event scheduled for March 10, 2018 at Lansing Community College’s West Campus. 

We are looking for volunteers to help in the following ways:

Childcare Assistants:  

Help take care of our littlest attendees by lending a hand in the childcare room under the supervision of licensed childcare providers. 

Lead Classroom Teacher*:
Lead classroom activities for a class of 20 children which will include children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and siblings with typical hearing.  The schedule for the day will include pre-planned activities along with “free” time which can be planned at the teacher’s discretion.  The classroom will be supported by two volunteer classroom assistants and a classroom runner.  Lead teachers will have be contacted and provided with additional information for classroom planning.

*Certified Teacher of Deaf/Hard of Hearing or Teacher Consultant of Deaf/Hard of Hearing preferred.

Classroom Assistants:
Each classroom will have up to 20 children led by a teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing.  Classrooms will include children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing and siblings with typical hearing. Volunteers in this area will assist teachers as needed throughout the day.

Classroom Runners:
These volunteers will be assigned to a specific room.  If the classroom has a specific need or request, the runner will facilitate making this request to conference planning staff and assist in other ways throughout the day as needed.

Additional Information:
Volunteers will be provided with a T-shirt to wear the day of the event.  Beverages, snacks and lunch will be available throughout the day. 

You will be asked to give consent to the following statements as part of the volunteer registration process.


I understand that I do not have to agree to this background check, but that refusal to do so may exclude me from participating as a volunteer in the Family Matters! Workshop.  I execute this release with the full knowledge and understanding that this information obtained about me will be confidential and is for official use of the Family Matters! Planning committee. I further hereby hold harmless the Michigan EHDI program and the University of Michigan Medical Center from any actions which may be taken upon receipt of this information.


I give the University of Michigan Medical Center Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (U of M), and the Michigan Department of Community Health Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Program (EHDI) permission to use photographs and videos, including any audio recordings taken (together “images”), of myself at the Family Matters Workshop

I understand that I will be identified by first name only, along with the fact that we attended the Family Matters Workshop, unless I give specific written permission to U of M and EHDI to use or disclose additional identifying information. I understand that I will not receive payment in connection with the taking or use of any images. I understand that any images and first names may be used or disclosed by U of M or EHDI for marketing, promotional and educational purposes and that any of this information may be made public.

This consent will not expire. I understand that I may revoke this consent by notifying the Michigan EHDI Program in writing. If I revoke this consent, the images taken and information described above will no longer be used. However, any images and information that have already been used or disclosed cannot be taken back, especially information shared publically. Any images and information disclosed before you revoke this consent may have been shared publically and may be re-disclosed.

I understand that I may refuse to sign this form. Refusal to sign this form will not affect mine or my family members’ ability to obtain treatment, payment for services, or eligibility for benefits.

I release and hold harmless the U of M and its personnel, as well as the Michigan Department of Community Health and its personnel, from any and all liability, which may or could arise from the taking or use of these images.  

For 2018 Volunteers:  

Volunteer registration for 2018 is now closed! Thank you 2018 volunteers!

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