Gallaudet University

03/11/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 03/11/2019 10:25

FL3: Focusing on Early Accessible Language Online Learning Community takes place March 10-13, 2019

Hands & Voices' Family Leadership in Language and Learning (FL3) goal is to ensure EHDI programs, supported by federal funding in the United States, use research-based concepts known to support families, parents, and caregivers of deaf or hard of hearing infants, toddlers, and young children identified through newborn hearing screening. We want what you want: for 'our children' to reach optimal language, literacy, and social-emotional development.

During the online learning community, families will participate in the first-ever four day online experience designed for families. They can participate from the comfort of their home at their own pace and on their own schedule. They will...

  • View three learning videos any time between March 10-13, 2019
  • Meet and interact online with other family members who also have a child who is deaf or hard of hearing
  • Join a live Q&A session with presenters and family members on March 13 at 6:30 p.m. EST


  • Early language acquisition experts from the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, a national center that provides resources to families and professionals to support raising a deaf or hard of hearing child
  • Experienced parent leaders from the family-based organization Hands & Voices in conjunction with FL3
  • Linguistic and language experts from Gallaudet University, the only liberal arts university in the world specifically for deaf and hard of hearing students


  • Considerations for accessing and acquiring spoken English
  • How American Sign Language can provide visual access to a full language that can benefit all babies regardless of their hearing ability
  • What language access means for your child and family

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