AG Bell Michigan Community Learning Expo - "Partnering for Progress and a World of Possibilities"

Working with AG Bell National and its Cradle to Career partners Cochlear and GN ReSound, AG Bell’s Michigan chapter will provide you with the opportunity to learn more about how to support children who are deaf and hard of hearing and to help them achieve their goals.

This educational and family friendly event will include a featured presentation by Sound Support University of Michigan: “From Hear to Hear - Cochlear: Nucleus Technology on the Classroom,” an exhibitor area, hands-on learning opportunities,a children’s program, free lunch for attendees, and networking and professional development opportunities.
This event is open to professionals, students, and to families of children with hearing loss. We would like to invite you to attend, and to share information about this event with anyone you feel would be interested, such as students who are studying audiology, speech-language pathology, education, and special education, clients and families who you may see, or colleagues who are interested in learning more about aural rehabilitation and technology in the classroom.
Registration is open at until March 1, 2019.  For more information, click on the event flyer 2019 Family Matters Conference - UM.pdf.

Michigan Hands & Voices - Upcoming Events and Scholarship Opportunities

18th Annual Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Meeting - March 2nd-5th in Chicago, Illinois. The National Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Meeting provides key stakeholders an opportunity to identify areas of concern, promote collaboration, and share best practices. Join with other professionals and parents intent on improving early hearing screening, diagnosis, and intervention systems for infants/young children and their families.  

There are two scholarship opportunities available to attend this meeting.  One available option is through Michigan EHDI and the information is attached.  The second option is through Children's Special Heath Care Services (CSHCS).  You do not have to have CSHCS insurance to apply for the scholarship.  Click for the scholarship application.  

Family Matters Conference - March 16th - 8:30am-4:30pm at Lansing Community College West Campus
The Family Matters website is up and running.  Click for more information and registration.   

H&V Game Night - Friday, March 15th - 6:30pm - 8:30pm at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Lansing
Make it a family weekend and enjoy dinner and games the night before Family Matters.  The hotel has many options available for families to play such as an indoor basketball court and a swimming pool.  This event is free for our members.  Click for more information and registration

Michigan Transition Services Association Conference - Making the Difference

"Transition: Making the Difference" registration is now available. The conference is March 11-13, 2019 at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, MI. Early Bird registration deadline is January 31, 2019!  Click for registration information.

Tactile Graphics on the Fly Workshop - MDE-LIO

MDE-LIO is pleased to offer "Tactile Graphics on the Fly" workshop that focuses on producing tactile graphics needed in a school setting. Only 25 spots are available, so register today!

The workshop will be offered on two dates:

March 21, 2019 in Flint - click for Workshop Registration
March 22, 2019 in Grand Rapids - click for Workshop Registration

Ready for School, Ready for Life Workshop - MDE-LIO

This one-day event is designed to help parents or other adult family members prepare their children, birth to six, who are Blind/Visually Impaired (BVI) to succeed in school.b  This workshop will be offered on:

March 23, 2019 in Lansing - click for Workshop Registration       

American Sign Language Online Class for Families
The Michigan Department of Education – Low Incidence Outreach (MDE-LIO) is pleased to announce an American Sign Language Online Class for Families.  This online class will be offered on Tuesdays from 7-8:00pm February 5 through March 26, 2019 (one-hour sessions for eight weeks).  The class will focus on beginning concepts of ASL, including basic ASL structure, communication strategies using everyday ASL signs, facial expressions using ASL grammar, and storytelling. The instructor is Camille Jeter-Lorello.  Camille is a native ASL user and has been teaching ASL for over 20 years.

This class is being offered to adult family members who have at least one child who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing.  The class is designed for participants who have signing skills at the beginner level (or no skills) and want to learn ASL to communicate with their child.

Please go to our DHH Events page for more information.  Please register as soon as possible as there is limited seating (up to 10 participants) and the deadline is January 23, 2019.  If you have any questions, please contact John Kirsch by email at, or by video phone at 517-481-3670 or phone at 517-331-6919.

CHARGE Syndrome Foundation Webinars
The following CHARGE Syndrome Foundation Webinars are provided with the support from the National Center on Deaf-Blindness.  Please clink on this link to access the Webinars below.

  • Interveners: Who are they?  Why are they critical for individuals with deafblindness?
  • Conference 101  
  • Ask The Expert: Q&A With David Brown  
  • The Education of our Children: Helping Everyone Thrive with 3535 (This webinar was provided with support from Perkins). 
  • Strategies that Work in the Home and in the Community  
  • Why Does My Child Do That? Compulsive Behaviors and OCD in CHARGE Syndrome  
  • CHD7 and CHARGE Syndrome Research: Unveiling the Mysteries  
  • A Conversation on Intellectual Assessment: What Parents Need to Know   
  • Pain Issues in CHARGE  
  • The Forgotten Senses   
  • CHARGing Into the Teens   
  • Techniques to Improve Feeding Skills and Speech Clarity   
  • Top Ten Strategies for Promoting Positive Behavior   
  • Physical Education for Children who are Deafblind   
  • A Conversation about Intellectual Assessment: What Parents Need to Know

MDE-LIO Announces Opportunities to Learn Unified English Braille

MDE-LIO is offering Onsite Course and Online Course opportunities to learn Unified English Braille beginning in February 2019.

Onsite Course:
If you live in the Flint area you can take the UEB class onsite at Genesee ISD. This class meets in person weekly beginning Monday, February 11, 2019 from 4:30-6:30 with Pat Love. The course is 16 weeks long.  For more information on the Onsite Course, visit MDE-LIO February Flint Unified English Braille Class

Oline Course:
Beginning Thursday February 28, 2019 from 4:30-6:30 with Sarah Stargardt. You may register for this course if you live anywhere in Michigan and have reliable computer with a camera and internet access. This course meets live each week using a web based meeting platform.  The course is 16 weeks long.  For more information on the Online Course, visit MDE-LIO February Online Unified English Braille Course

Both courses meet weekly, have additional weekly homework assignments, a mid-term exam and a final exam. You will learn the entire Unified English Braille Code. 

Any questions, please contact:
Johanna Anand, Education Consultant
Michigan Department of Education-Low Incidence Outreach
702 W. Kalamazoo St
Lansing, MI 48909
Main Line: 517-241-7083
Cell: 517-599-5686

Michigan Transition Services Association Conference - Traverse City, MI, March 11-13, 2019

The MTSA is excited to announce Erik Weihenmayer as the keynote speaker for the 2019 MTSA Pre-Conference on Monday, March 11, 2019 at the Grand Traverse Resort.  Best known as the first blind man to have climbed Everest and the Seven Summits, Erik has also solo-kayaked the Grand Canyon, authored 3 books, starred in and produced internationally-lauded films, and co-founded the nonprofit No Barriers USA, serving people of all abilities. His “No Barriers” message highlights the power of the human spirit, with the idea that “What’s within you is stronger than what’s in your way.” For more information on Erik, visit his website at Erik  For more information on the MTSA March 11-13, 2019 conference, visit