An event for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing & their families!

An event for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing & their families!

An event for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing & their families! An event for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing & their families!

Volunteer Opportunities

Registration is now closed for 2020!


Dear Families and Volunteers-
We are learning that many states surrounding Michigan have confirmed cases of coronavirus. We have assessed the risks of bringing a large group of children and adults together and determined it is unwise for us to do so. Therefore, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Family Matters! this year.

We understand the cancellation is disappointing. The World Health Organization (WHO) and other agencies have clearly stated that large gatherings promote the spread of the virus. At this time, protecting you and your community is our primary concern.

If it is possible to reschedule this event, you will be notified. Be assured that any registration payments will be refunded. If you have reserved a room at the Crowne Plaza, you will need to cancel the reservation to avoid any fees.

We apologize for any inconvenience resulting from this decision. Thank you for your understanding.

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 2019, 146 adults and 173 children attended the Family Matters! event representing about 85 families of children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing from counties all across 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 21, 2020 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 Background Check and Consent to Photograph/Video and Use during the volunteer Registration Process.


Volunteer Positions


Childcare Assistants

Help take care of our littlest attendees by lending a hand in the childcare room under the supervision of licensed childcare providers.

Lead Classroom Teacher

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.

Classroom Assistants

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.


Child-Life Assistants

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.