2018 EHDI Family Conference March 3rd 9:00 am - 3:00pm New Hope Presbyterian Church Fishers, IN 46037 (126th Street & Brooks School Road)
Spend the day connecting with other families of deaf and hard of hearing children. The children will be busy with a variety of activities while the parents/caregivers will attending educational sessions. Meals will be provided. The conference is FREE for families; childcare is $5 per child; $10 max. for families.
Anita Dowd, profoundly deaf since childhood, is the Executive Staff Advisor at the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Frankfort, KY. Not only is she an advocate for the deaf and hard of hearing community in her professional life, but as the mother of two girls who also have a hearing loss, she is also extremely passionate about promoting awareness of various deaf and hard of hearing issues in her personal life as well. Though she has lived with a hearing loss since a young age, it wasn’t until she became an adult and had two children with a hearing loss that she truly recognized and understood the diverse issues that deaf and hard of hearing individuals face today. She advocates a multi-faceted approach to these issues as she firmly believes that there is no “one size fits all” solution to the struggles that deaf and hard of hearing people face in their lives. She is passionate about working with families who have deaf and hard of hearing children and is the current president of the KY Chapter of Hands & Voices and a member of the Hands & Voices Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Board.
She loves butterflies, art, music and animals, especially goats!! She dreams of retiring to Southern California to raise goats and grow avocados.
Dr. Ryan Mitchell
Dr. Ryan Mitchell grew up in Virginia, and attended Virginia Commonwealth University for my undergraduate degree, majoring in biomedical engineering. He then attended Penn State University where he received his MD, and earned a PhD in cell and molecular biology. He then completed my residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle, followed by a fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Ryan is currently on the faculty at Indiana University, and while he sees children with all otolaryngologic issues, Ryan has a niche in childhood communication. Ryan family includes his wife and two sons. Ryan's oldest son, Pierce, is hard of hearing, and as a family, they are always trying to enrich his language development.