Family Matters is a one-day workshop for children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and their families. This is a unique experience as the entire family is invited to join in the fun - including parents and siblings. Separate sessions are designed for parents and children of all ages - including childcare for our youngest attendees. Children have the opportunity meet others who use sign language, hearing aids, and cochlear implants. Siblings with typical hearing also have the chance to meet others with the similar experience of growing up in a family of a child with special needs. In 2018, 129 parents and 148 children attended the conference, representing about 80 families from counties all across the state of Michigan. This year we hope to meet even more families.
The day would not be possible without the help of volunteers. We hope you will consider volunteering your time and talents to this year's event scheduled for March 16th, 2019 at Lansing Community College - West Campus.
All Volunteers will be provided with a T-shirt to wear the day of the event. Beverages, snacks, and lunch will be available throughout the day.
You will be asked to give consent for Permission to Perform a Backgound Check and Consent to Photograph/Video and Use during the volunteer Registration Process.
Help take care of our littlest attendees by lending a hand in the childcare room under the supervision of licensed childcare providers.
Lead classroom activities for a class of 20 children which will include children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and siblings with typical hearing. The schedule for the day will include pre-planned activities along with free-time which can be planned at the teacher's discretion. The classroom will be supported by at least 2 volunteer classroom assistants and a classroom runner. Lead teachers will be contacted and provided with additional information for classroom planning.
*Certified Techer of Deaf/Hard of Hearing or Teacher Consultant for Deaf/Hard of Hearing highly preferred.
Each classroom will have up to 20 children led by a teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing. Classrooms will include children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing, and siblings with typical hearing. Volunteers in this area will assist teachers as needed thoughout the day.
These Volunteers will be assigned to a specific room. If the classroom has a need or request, the runner will facilitate making this request to conference planning staff and assist in other ways throughout the day as needed.
Under the supervision of a lead classroom teacher, these volunteers will assist children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and may have additional special needs such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, other syndromes, or special needs in our Sensory Room. Child-life volunteers will have experience with reducing stress and anxiety by engaging children in sensory activities.
*Certified Child-Life Specialists or Interns highly preferred.