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2014 Upcoming Events

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We have many exciting events scheduled in the near future, below are details and dates. Please check back often for additional details. The Family Matters! Workshop registration ends Feb 21st! No registrations accepted after Feb. 21. No same-day registration. This workshop has been jointly planned by EHDI, U of M Sound Support, MI AG Bell and Hands & Voices. MI AG Bell Spring Professional Conference March 14, 2014 8 am – 4:00 pm “Listening in the Classroom – The Changing Landscape of...

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Success for Students with Hearing Loss was a Huge Success!

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The Michigan Chapter of AG Bell had our largest turn out ever for our biennial professional fall conference! The conference brought together 165 professionals, parents, DHH individuals, students and exhibitors from all around the states of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana. The conference was held at the Macomb Intermediate School District on Friday, October 25th, 2013. We spent the day with Dr. Karen Anderson, author of Building Skills for Success in the Fast-Paced Classroom and creator of In the full day...

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MI AG Bell Summer Camp 2013

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By Summer Camp Director, Katie McHugh “We play games, have camp fires, hold animals in the nature center, make tents, eat good food, ride horses, discover nature, shoot pellet guns, play sports, ride on boats, swim in a lake, and make lots of new friends. That is why camp is fun!” wrote Elijah Woodall. “You can climb the rock wall; a big tower you climb up. You can also do archery with a bow”, wrote his sister, Elisah Woodall. This summer, Elijah and Elisha spent two weeks at the YMCA Storer camp in Jackson. MI AG Bell provided...

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Hear the Roar 2013

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By Committee Chair, Liz McCourt The third annual MI AG Bell summer event, Hear the Roar, was held at the Detroit Zoo on June 23rd. It was a hot day but that didn’t stop the 115 attendees (or zoo animals!) from having a good time! The event kicked off with two fantastic icebreakers. Families gathered in a large circle and introduced themselves to one another. After introducing themselves and sharing a little about how hearing loss has touched their lives, they autographed a beach ball and tossed it to another family. This went on until all...

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Summer Camp 2012 Recap

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By: Cina Silvey The 2012 Michigan A.G. Bell summer camp at the YMCA Storer Camp was a huge hit!  Fifteen children received scholarships and were able to enjoy a wonderful summer camp experience in a natural mainstream setting. Each camper was able to sign up for certain tracks in which they could participate.  Some of the tracks included horse-lessons, glee, nature, team sports, arts and crafts, swimming, boating, archery and adventure.  Many campers signed up for the boating and adventure tracks.  The adventure tracks included a 50ft....

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Summer Splash 2012 Recap

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The second annual MI A.G. Bell Summer Splash was held on July 15, 2012 at Kensington Metro Park. It was a beautiful day for a picnic! Aside from some unforeseen construction on 96, the event was perfect. Over 80 board members, families, professionals, and friends of MI A.G. Bell were in attendance. The event kicked off with a fun ice breaker activity; the first person held a ball of yarn, gave a brief introduction, and explained how hearing loss had touched their life. They then held onto a piece of the yarn and threw the ball of yarn to...

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How Does the IEP Under IDEA 2004 Compare to a Section 504 PLAN?

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By Sid Kraizman, an attorney and former special education hearing officer DEA 2004 Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004, students with disabilities are entitled to receive special education and related services that they need to receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). The individualized educational plan (IEP) is developed at the IEP Team meeting where the parent participates as an equal member. In Michigan, school districts must comply not only with the federal regulations under IDEA 2004, but also with...

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Does My Deaf or Hard of Hearing Child Need an IEP or a 504 Plan?

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By Teresa Sundberg, Teacher Consultant for the Hearing Impaired / Parent of a Hearing Impaired Child / Hard of Hearing Adult In the previous article, “How Does the IEP under IDEA 2004 Compare to a Section 504 Plan?” two types of educational plans for students with disabilities were addressed to show what schools may provide. But how does each of these plans differ in meeting the needs of children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (D/HOH)? The majority of students who have hearing loss are being educated in the general education classroom in...

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Response to Intervention (RtI): Not a Pre-referral for HI Certification

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By. Teresa Sundberg You don’t need to be in the field of education to notice that your local school districts are reacting to the state and federal budget cuts to education. Many school districts have had to lay off existing teachers, support and related service staff caseloads are becoming larger, and class sizes are growing. Currently, approximately 10% of federal education funds are allocated to the States for use in Special Education and with less money for local educational agencies (LEA), filling in the gaps of meeting the needs of...

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Matrix for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

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By: Nancy Mosher WHY MIGHT WE USE A DHH MATRIX? Effective communication, academic success, social competence, and independence are the goals for each of our students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH). Since each student is unique and has different needs, the IEP team uses DATA to define the necessary programs, supplementary aids, supplementary services, accommodations or modifications which will support independence and school success. The Matrix for Students who are Deaf/ Hard of Hearing is a TOOL for use with students who spend most of...

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