Trends and Opportunities from EI SNAPSHOT: Lessons learned from families, providers, and EI systems

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National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management

Trends and Opportunities from EI SNAPSHOT: Lessons learned from families, providers, and EI systems

Presented by: Diane Behl & Sara Doutre

Class date:  08/24/2017
Course begins 11:00 am - 12:00 pm MDT

Primary Audience: EHDI coordinators, Part C Coordinators, family leaders, and other EI system partners 

The Early Intervention Systematic Nationwide Analysis of Programs' Strengths, Hurdles, Opportunities, and Trends (EI SNAPSHOT) study awarded to NCHAM investigated the extent to which families of children who are DHH from 10 states were informed about and received satisfactory comprehensive EI services. Responses reflected diversity in family experiences in regard to access to and comprehensiveness of EI services. Hurdles reported by families included access to information about family-to-family support organizations, connections to deaf adult role models, comprehensive service coordination, and out-of-pocket financial burdens faced by families. 
Trends - consistent themes revealed via data collected from providers, audiologists, and state policy makers – will be shared with a discussion of needs for immediate and long-term program improvement. The webinar will conclude with a discussion of the opportunities for improving the EI system for families of children who are DHH, providing examples of how EHDI systems, Part C early intervention programs, and family leaders and organizations can all play a role in this effort. 

Diane Behl, M.Ed., is a Senior Faculty member at the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management. She facilitates telehealth learning communities and is a co-investigator for cost-effectiveness studies. She has expertise in evaluating the effectiveness of service coordination provided via Part C Early Intervention and Maternal and Child Health programs. 

Sara Menlove Doutre is a Ph.D. student studying sociobehavioral epidemiology at Utah State University with a background in special education and early intervention policy. Her experience includes teaching special education, program evaluation work, and working for the US Department of Education. She is the mother of three children, including a six-year-old daughter who is deaf and uses cochlear implants, and enjoys traveling with her husband and children.