MiDCDD September Newsletter 2018
Communication Committee
Message from Amanda Hopkins-
Advocacy Tool kit- Autism Speaks
Provides basic information about advocacy skills. Could be utilized for families with other diagnosis.

Advocacy For Your Profession!
Your legislators want to hear from you! Stay up to date on legislative issues that may impact individuals with communication disorders and/or your profession. 

IDEA Law Summary Information
This website provides information about IDEA law and how it pertains to children with hearing loss.
Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing Committee
Message from Pam Cross on Self-Advocacy-
Beginning at an early age building the skills of self-advocacy is greatly important. Self-advocacy by definition is the action of representing oneself or one's views or interests and the responsibilities to advocate for them. For our students with a hearing loss, recognizing when they have misunderstood or perhaps have missed an intended message, our students should become empowered to ask for repetition or clarification. Creating an opportunity of intentional misunderstanding (sabotage) provides the practice that will help to develop this skill. The presence of the student at their IEP can be an empowering step for them. Students also need to learn early what their IEP accommodations are so they can ensure their needs are being met. Additionally, the education of IDEA and ADA needs to be taugh t.

Self-Advocacy/Self Determination Resources (click on the link below):

Multiple Exceptionalities Committee
Committee Leader Needed - Is this YOU??
News and Events
Virtual Professional Field Trip

Ever wonder, " What are they doing in their district/county? " Ever wish you could spend some time visiting different programs or teachers?

So do we!!
MiDCDD has a way
to make that happen!

What Would This Look Like?
A Tour of your school(s), Classroom(s) and/or Program
A special instructional lesson
Exciting event "in your neck of the woods"
Sharing a teaching strategy/tool from your tool box
Just a few examples...

How long does the clip have to be?
5 minutes or longer

How will this be shared?
Via the Michigan CEC Youtube Channel to MiDCDD Members

We look forward to learning about/from you! Contact us at
Share Your Voice
T OPIC: Critical Shortage: Teacher Certification Requirements for Professionals Who Support Students of Varying Modes of Communication in Michigan

What's Happening? Research Based Discussion Forum leading to the creation of a Michigan Informational Position Statement.

Goal: To create a researched based position statement that supports awareness and guidance of the issue by sharing with state supervisors and legislature.

When? Timelines-
Collaborative Research: Oct. 12 - Oct. 26th
Review Research: Oct. 27 - November 4
Create the Position Statement:
November 5 - November 16

All collaboration will be in invite only on Google Classroom. All participation is online, flexible, and within your availability

Those interested in participating in this endeavor are asked to email before October 12th. As a courtesy to those participating, the group will be closed by October 22nd.
The Michigan Department of Education-Low Incidence Outreach (MDE-LIO) is committed to supporting professionals in Michigan who serve students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Your input is vital as we plan future trainings and provide the relevant resources you need.
Please take a few moments to provide your input by completing the following survey:
DHH Professionals:  click here
Send your events to

W e will share with members via email and on the website.
Annual conference focuses on serving students with complex communication needs. This often includes our students who are Deaf or hard of hearing, with additional disabilities/challenges.
Lansing at the Kellogg Center November 28-30, 2018. 
University of Michigan Sound Support Presents
Introduction to Cued American English
C ertified instructor, Tom Shull will lead you through the basics of Cued American English (CAE)
Two day free event: October 26 & 27, 2-18
Lunch Provided
Register by October 19 th
Space is limited
SCECH and ASHA CEUs are pending for this event.
Michigan CEC 79th Annual Conference 2019
Michigan CEC will celebrate our 79th annual conference by presenting national speakers, over 120 breakout sessions, 30+ exhibitors and unique networking opportunities. A conference of this caliber could not happen without the MCEC Board of Directors, volunteers, the speakers, and YOU. 
Our goal for each participant is to have a productive learning experience and an opportunity to share with colleagues from across our state through quality, research based sessions, enjoyable receptions and productive organizational meetings.
March 6 - March 8, 2019
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids
Michigan Speech, Language, and Hearing Association
Annual Conference 2019
March 21-23, 2019
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, East Lansing
Future 2018-2019 MiDCDD Newsletters Dedicated to:
October - Literacy
November - Early Intervention
December - What to Know Around the Holidays
January - Scholarships
February - Assessments / Accommodation for
March - Summer Camps
April - English Language Learners
May - Summer Learning Activites
Michigan DCDD Executive Board
President- Christina Roy
President-Elect - Nichole Moore
Treasurer- Sarah Newberry
Secretary- Rachel Sloan

Leadership Committee
Communication- Amanda Hopkins
Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing - Pamela Cross
Not a member yet?
Join CEC first then the special interest division DCDD