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EHDI Virtual Meeting Application 2021
Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children With Disabilities 
165 W. Center Street, Suite 302 Marion, OH 43302 
1-844-382-5452 Fax-740-383-6421

Through funding provided by a contract with the Ohio Department of Health, Infant Hearing Program, the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children With Disabilities (OCECD) is honored to announce that they have been given the opportunity to send a parent/parents to the 20 th Annual Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Meeting which will be held Virtually on March 1-March 5, 2021. Here is the link for the conference: https://ehdimeeting.org/ 

INFORMATON ABOUT THE MEETING
 
In its 20th year, the EHDI Meeting has built a strong reputation for bringing together a wide variety of attendees including those who: work in state Early Hearing Detection and Intervention programs; assist in EHDI efforts on the federal level; provide screening, diagnostic and early intervention support at the state/local level to young children with hearing loss and their families; champion Medical Home activities within each state; are parents of children with hearing loss; or are deaf or hard-of-hearing adults who are helping to expand opportunities for young children with hearing loss. EHDI Meeting participants will range from state and local programs to the federal level and from academics to families. 

GOAL OF THE EHDI ANNUAL MEETING

The goal of the annual EHDI Meeting is to enhance the implementation of comprehensive state-based Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs. After participating in the meeting, participants will be better able to: Identify and promote knowledge and awareness of successful strategies for implementing comprehensive state-based EHDI programs that include screening, audiologic diagnostic evaluation, early intervention, medical home, reporting, tracking, surveillance, loss to follow-up issues, data integration, and other related surveillance components. Interpret and describe current research and research methods related to EHDI. Examine cultural competence of providers and assess their ability to work with children who are deaf or hard of hearing, their families, and communities. Discuss the importance of enhancing and creating new and ongoing working relationships among federal agencies, non-profit organizations, state health departments and educational agencies, advocacy groups, families, and professionals. 

By registering for the Annual EHDI Meeting, all participants agree to abide by the following Principles of Participation: 

The right to participate in the EHDI Annual Meeting is fundamental to ensuring open dialogue between all EHDI stakeholders. The Meeting Organizers encourage respectful dialogue as a key element of participation among all meeting participants. The EHDI Annual Meeting opposes the disruption of any meeting sessions or events that results in the inability for dialogue to take place. The EHDI Annual Meeting reserves the right to withdraw the name badge, and therefore deny access, to participants who do not adhere to these Principles of Participation.

Accessibility Guidelines 

English and American Sign Language (ASL) are the languages for the meeting. 

The 2021 EHDI Annual Meeting Planning Committee has developed guidelines to maximize access for all participants in the EHDI Meeting. To read the guidelines, please click here 

OCECD WILL BE ABLE TO SPONSOR VIRTUAL CONFERENCE FEES FOR SEVERAL FAMILIES THIS YEAR. 

WHO CAN APPLY? 
• Must be a family residing in the state of Ohio 
• Have a child age 0-3 years of age diagnosed with a hearing loss 
• Currently receiving Early Intervention Services, or in the process 
• Have not attended the EHDI conference in the past 

HOW TO APPLY 
• Complete the attached application and email, fax or mail to OCECD (mailing address, email and fax information listed on application)
• Attach your child’s story (no more than one page) 
• Include how you hope to benefit from this conference 

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