Michigan Hands & Voices - Upcoming Events and Scholarship Opportunities

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

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 kirshj@michigan.gov, 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


Deaf Day @ Henry Ford Museum - March 31, 2018

In collaboration with Madonna University, this event will feature interpreted presentations of some of the must see museum artifacts as well as deaf history highlighted by Daniel Durant.  For more information, click on Deaf Day at Henry Ford Museum Flyer.pdf

2019 Michigan Sports Education Camp for Youth with Visual Impairments on the campus of Western Michigan University

It is time to register for Sports Education Camp 2019 on the campus of Western Michigan University!

Jr. Camp (ages 9-12) is Sunday, May 5 - Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Sr. Camp (ages 13-18) is Wednesday, May 8 - Saturday, May 11, 2019 

We are doing things a little differently this year, so there are 2 options: 
1. Go to the website: mbaa-mi.com, enter your student's information, and the registration packet will be mailed. 
2. Print the Registration Packet and Instructions from this email (attached). 

Also attached is an informational letter explaining the camp and its benefits for our students. 

This is a great camp for students because it not only teaches sports accommodations (Sports and Leisure), but it also encourages students to work on their Orientation & Mobility skills, Independent Living skills, and Social Skills, which are all areas of the ECC. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at: michigansec@gmail.com or 231-715-1732.  For more information, click on registration welcome letter for parentsregistration instructions without envelopes.docx, and Sports Camp 2019 Full Registration.docx


Helen Keller National Center - Summer 2019 Youth Programs
The Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) in Sands Point, New York, is excited about announcing its 2019 summer programs for youth who are deaf-blind, ages 16-25, focusing on the Pre ETS five core areas. Work based learning experiences, job exploration counseling, work place readiness, counseling on opportunities for enrollment in post-secondary education and self-advocacy are included. 

Summer Youth Vocational Program (SYVP) – a six week comprehensive vocational experience, with paid community work experiences, click on Summer Youth Vocational Program Flyer.pdf for more information.

M~POWER – My Pursuit of work, Empowerment & Resources – a three week program that encourages youth to explore vocational and educational interests to make informed choices, click on M-Power Flyer.pdf for more information.

Summer Assessment Program – an eight week informational and practical assessment program, which includes the PreETS five core areas, communication, technology, orientation & mobility, low vision, audiology, and creative arts/recreation. Click on Summer Assessment Program.pdf for more information.

Additionally, throughout the year, HKNC offers:

College Program – during school breaks, a program focusing on college readiness skills, ranging from the application process to choosing a college.  Click on College Program Flyer.pdf for more information.

Deaf-Blind Immersion Experience (DBIE) – a five day innovative assessment and training program for individuals who are deaf-blind and have intellectual disabilities.  Click on Deaf-blind Immersion Experience Flyer.pdf for more information.

For additional information and other program offerings at the Helen Keller National Center: https://helenkeller.org/hknc, or to reach the HKNC regional representative in your state/region: https://www.helenkeller.org/hknc/nationwide-services