Free WEBINAR Q/A: Providing Early Intervention to D/HH Babies during COVID-19 (Spanish interpretation available)

FREE WEBINAR Q/A: Providing Early Intervention to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Babies during COVID-19

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 3 – 4:30 PM EST

The webinar will share best practices on how to provide early intervention (EI) services for deaf and hard of hearing babies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether you are new to the field or an experienced EI service provider, this webinar will give you different tools and resources to consider. This webinar is also to support families to be better informed on how to ensure that their deaf and hard of hearing baby receives the best services. [NOTE: Spanish interpretation available.]

DATE: Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 3-4:30 PM EST
No CEUs will be offered for this webinar
This is a free webinar and will be streamed to Facebook Live with the exception of those requesting Spanish Voice interpretation which will be available via Zoom Webinar with a provided private link emailed to you before the webinar.

Seminario web (Webinar) con sesión de preguntas y respuestas: Proporcionar intervención temprana a bebés sordos o hipoacúsicos durante la pandemia COVID-19
Miércoles 17 de junio, 3 – 4:30 PM (ET)

El seminario web compartirá las mejores prácticas sobre cómo proporcionar servicios de intervención temprana (EI) para bebés sordos o hipoacúsicos durante la pandemia de COVID-19. Si usted es nuevo en el campo o un proveedor de servicios de EI con experiencia, este seminario web le brindará diferentes herramientas y recursos para tu consideración. Este seminario web también sirve para ayudar a las familias a estar mejor informadas sobre cómo garantizar que su bebé sordo o hipoacúsico reciba los mejores servicios. [NOTA: interpretación de voz en español disponible.]

– FECHA: miércoles 17 de junio de 2020, 3 – 4:30 PM EST
– No se ofrecerán Unidades de Educación Continua (CEUs) para este seminario web.
– Este es un seminario web gratuito y se transmitirá a Facebook Live con la excepción de aquellos que soliciten interpretación de voz en español que estará disponible a través del Zoom con un enlace privado enviado por correo electrónico antes del seminario.


Sarah Honigfeld (Moderator)

Sarah is the Director of the Parent Infant Program and Toddler ASL Immersion Program at the Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham, Massachusetts, where she has been for the past four years. She is a 2017 graduate from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers and Families: Collaboration and Leadership (ITF) Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program, as well as a 2018 graduate from the Masters in School Counseling from Gallaudet University. Her areas of specialization include family centered services and supporting early language acquisition through language planning. She has been in the field of early childhood and early intervention for over ten years; she enjoys supporting each family in their unique journey of raising a child who is deaf or hard of hearing.

Jodee Crace

Jodee carries with her a motto in her daily lives: Adapt. Resilience. Acceptance. Celebrate! This personal motto has carried Jodee throughout her professional career in providing resources for families learning the world of raising their deaf babies and young children. Currently, Jodee coordinates ASL Connect: Families at Gallaudet University as well as coordinating the Deaf Mentor Program in Indiana, where she resides with her family. In addition, she serves as adjunct instructor for Gallaudet University’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers, and Families: Collaboration and Leadership Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program. Jodee holds a B.A. in American Studies and an M.A. in School Counseling with Deaf Students, both from Gallaudet University. Jodee then began her professional career as a therapist for a mental-health agency in Indianapolis, where she worked with deaf children and their families. From 1992 to 2013 she performed several counseling and early intervention roles at the Indiana School for the Deaf, her high school alma mater. Throughout her career, she has served in a number of roles dedicated to enhancing Early Intervention services for families with Deaf children. She is one of three national trainers for the SKI-HI Deaf Mentor program. Also, Jodee participated on the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing, representing the Council on Education of the Deaf. She was instrumental in ensuring that the JCIH Best Practice document reflected a holistic approach for the families and that the ASL is included as a visual language in its publication. For self-reflecting moments, Jodee enjoys walking, reading and being with her family.

Joseph Lopez III

JoJo was born and raised in Riverside, graduated from California School for the Deaf Riverside attended Gallaudet University. He has a B.A. in Communication Studies and M.A. in Sign Language Education. JoJo lives in New Mexico. He loves swimming, hiking, enjoys drinking coffee, taking pictures of landscaping, and spending quality time with family. Currently, he is working as a Deaf Mentor at the New Mexico School for the Deaf under Early Intervention & Developmental Service Dept. He is also an ASL Instructor at New Mexico State University. JoJo has 10 years of experience in supporting families learning ASL in the homes. He also has six years of experience teaching ASL in the classrooms (and online, too). His favorite part of his job is interacting with family members and the family is able to communicate with their Deaf and/or Hard of Hearing child/ren. Being a Deaf Mentor with the SKI-HI Institute has given him a strong foundation to partner with families learning ASL. He has been strong advocate in his community and is on the Board for Raíces del Rio Grande, New Mexico Mano A Mano, and Council de Manos.

Kimberly Sanzo

Kimberly is a speech-language pathologist (SLP) and the founder of Language First, an organization that advocates for ASL-English bilingualism for deaf and hard of hearing children. She has been working at a school for the Deaf for six years, almost exclusively with deaf and hard of hearing children who experienced a period of language deprivation. She is passionate about changing the way that SLPs and other professionals see, understand, and work with deaf and hard of hearing children.


Dr. Laurene Simms

Laurene is Chief Bilingual Officer at Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C. After graduating from the Indiana School for the Deaf, Indianapolis, Indiana, she received a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and a M.Ed. in Deaf Education from Western Maryland College, Westminster, Maryland. She received a Ph.D. Degree in Language, Reading, and Culture from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. She has been Professor in Department of Education at Gallaudet University for twenty years. As an ASL and English Bilingual Education consultant and a former elementary teacher, Laurene has hands-on experience in the implementation of a bilingual and multicultural educational environment for diverse Deaf and Hard of Hearing learners with the ages of 0-21 and is an acknowledged expert on the topic of using ASL and English as the languages of instruction.



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