PARENTDEAF-HH: Family Learning Weekend

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Subj: Re: Barriers that prevent parents/family members from attending ed'l workshops
Date: 97-03-28 18:17:50 EST
From: (Marcie)


Hi, my family and I (2 hearing parents, and two children (D/HOH)) just returned this past weekend from a WONDERFUL Family Learning Weekend at the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, CT. It was great. They were so accomodating, they thought of everything...parent workshops, Deaf magician, the Cridders performance, great food like being on a cruise, roller skating & carnival for the kids, etc. Anyway, I don't know if the same people are involved with your conference in June, but I would think they would be able to help you out. Neil Tabbert/Dean of Students/Dir. Family Services and Rosemarie Longo were organizers of the weekend and maybe they could steer you in the right direction.


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Subj: Re: Barriers that prevent parents/family members from
Date: 97-03-30 19:26:36 EST
From: (Christofer deHahn)

At 01:10 PM 3/29/97 -0500, BennaT wrote:

>In a message dated 97-03-28 17:21:23 EST, Laura wrote:

>> #1 -- I've never attended a conference or HEARD of a conference that provided child care. Most conferences I've attended in the last three years, have suggested that the family make arrangements to leave the child/children at home. This is a problem because some families just like to do things together! Most health clubs provide short-term child care these days. Why don't conferences provide child care? >>

>My response - Several conferences set up child care - NAD, ASDC, AGBell, and CAID. The best conferences for our family are those designed for the whole family where there are learning and recreation activities designed for all of us. There are other conferences designed for professional growth that I want to attend without children. My husband will sometimes take child care duty to let me attend and focus on the adult oriented conference - so that I learn more without having to also manage children. >

Excellent response...I won't eat a lot of bandwidth saying what Benna already said, but quickly, let me tell you of the story of the Three Amigos.

A couple of years ago we attended a summer parent's weekend at a local school for the deaf. It was a conference format, with child care for kids over 4 years of age. Patrick was three and even if they bent the rules, just wasn't ready for that level of solo activity without one of us around. So myself and two other fathers of deaf kids who were the same age as Patrick took a bunch of other young deaf kids to the playground while the wives attended the afternoon's seminars. We had such a great time, we dubbed ourselves the Three Amigos. It was a learning experience in itself, spending quality time with our kids and other deaf peers. It was all still pretty new to all of us and we soaked it in. For me, it was my first exposure to a child with a cochlear implant. He tought me a lot about the capabilities of children who are determined to work hard to succeed.

Christofer deHahn.........Engineering System Administrator
Sun Microsystems,'91 Buell RS1200

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Subj: Re: Barriers that prevent parents/family members from
Date: 97-03-31 11:12:46 EST

I guess I'll join in this discussion.

The best experience seminar-wise for us so far has been the ASDC Biennial Convention last summer in Omaha. Although we live in Omaha, my family stayed at the college where the Convention was held and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. There were wonderful, age-appropriate activities set up for all the children (ours were 9 yrs, 4 yrs, and 10 mos at the time). It was great for my husband and me both to be able to attend the sessions without the worry of what to do with the kids.

I hope all of you will consider attending the ASDC Convention in Rochester, NY in summer '98 (it will be neat to meet you in person, too!)

Anyway, I had a thought... if a convention is being held in a city where there is a local ASDC affiliate group, maybe the parents involved in that group would be willing to assist out-of-towners with daycare? Either "on-site" or at a home near to the seminar venue. I don't know how others would feel about this, but I would be willing to babysit for people coming to my city so they could attend a seminar. Presumably, the parents involved would have experience with Deaf children, communication modes, hearing aids, cochlear implants, etc.

Toni Hoyer

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