CHaD Audiology Family Day
This free event is for pediatric Deaf and Hard of Hearing patients of the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) and their families. We hope to increase understanding of the special education process and capacity for advocacy, to facilitate opportunities for families to learn more about regional resources, and offer families the opportunity to socialize and develop a network of support. During this fun-filled and educational event for the whole family, activities for all ages will be offered:
-Daycare will be provided for children ages 6 weeks-5 years through the DHMC Child Care Center.
-Children ages 5-12 will have the opportunity to connect with Deaf and Hard of Hearing peers while participating in a day camp experience hosted by Lebanon Recreation & Parks.
-Teens are invited to participate in guided peer learning and creative arts activities. A workshop on self-advocacy/transition will be available for teens and their parents.
-Parents will attend informational workshops related to educational considerations for children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Information for Daycare Attendees and Campers
Both groups will spend the day at the DHMC Child Care Center, located next to the medical center. Drop off begins at 9:45 am and pick up ends at 3:00 pm. Lunch and snacks will need to be brought in from home, as well as any other items your child might need during the day (for example: bottles, diapers, change of clothes). Children under five will be cared for by experienced DHMC Child Care Center staff and children over five will be participating in activities lead by Lebanon Recreation & Parks’ trained camp counselors. Siblings are welcome to participate.
9:45 am Registration
10:15 am Welcome - Cynthia Nulton, MA, Audiology, CHaD; Alice Berlinger, MSW, Samantha Glover, AuD, Amanda McGinnis, MEd, Leah Mosenthal, MEd, Erin Pospychala, MS
10:30 am The Importance of Self-Advocacy: A Personal Perspective - Noah Mayes, college student and patient of CHaD Audiology
Parent Workshop: Steps in the Special Education Process: 504, IDEA, and Advocating for Your Child - New Hampshire Parent Information Center
Teen Activities: Icebreakers, Peer Learning, Creative Arts - Noah Mayes, Alice Berliner, MSW, Amanda McGinnis, MEd
12:15 pm Lunch (provided for parents and teens)
Parent Workshop: Transitions: From Part C to Part B & Beyond - New Hampshire Parent Information Center
Teen & Parents of Teens Workshop: Transitions: From High School to College & Career - New Hampshire Vocational Rehabilitation
2:15 pm Q&A with Guests
2:45 pm Closing Remarks
Campers and daycare attendees must register by July 13, 2018.
Parents and teens must register by July 20, 2018.
Campers must also be registered directly with the Lebanon Recreation & Parks Department by searching for “CHaD” at: www.LebanonNH.gov/Register.
If you need accommodations or have questions about the event, please contact Amanda McGinnis at
Amanda.B.McGinnis@Hitchcock.org or (603) 650-5136.
The Parent Information Center (PIC)
A New Hampshire statewide family organization, which strives to achieve positive outcomes for children and youth, with a focus on those with disabilities and special healthcare needs. This is achieved through its partnerships with families, educators, youth, professionals and organizations. PIC is committed to the belief that:
- Families make the difference.
- When families, professionals and other partners are well-informed and have a shared commitment to work together, everyone benefits.
- As youth move toward adulthood, they have increasing ownership of their future.
- Every child can succeed and contribute as valued members of society.
New Hampshire Vocational Rehabilitation (NHVR)
In collaboration with schools, NHVR assists eligible transitioning students to enter the world of work, complete his or her educational goals as they relate to employment, and obtain employment skills to meet the needs of employers. NHVR is a statewide program that is both state and federally funded and has been in existence for over 90 years. It includes services for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing.
New Hampshire and Vermont Hand & Voices
Hands & Voices is a non-profit, parent-driven organization dedicated to supporting families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. They are non-biased about communication methodologies and believe that families can make the best choices for their child if they have access to good information and support. Members includes families who communicate manually and/or orally. From American Sign Language to cochlear implants, the organization represents people from all different approaches to, and experiences with, deafness or hearing loss.
Northeast Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (NDHHS)
Established in 2001, Northeast Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the New Hampshire Deaf and Hard of Hearing community through empowerment, education, and advocacy for equal access and opportunity. NDHHS provides interpreter and CART referral, case management, adult education, community education, advocacy, and employment support.