Request a Parent Presenter Today!

It is that time of year again to be thinking of classroom curriculum and coursework goals needed for your student learning objectives.  Are you looking for ways to incorporate guest speakers to enhance your classroom teaching instruction and meet those objectives?

The Early On (EO) Center for Higher Education offers faculty from two and four year colleges and universities the opportunity to bring into the coursework, the voices of family members who have an infant or young child with a disability or a delay and/or early intervention professionals who work with families. Higher education students experience ‘real life’ family stories about the birth to three years, the impact of early diagnosis and intervention and how the Early On, Part C system operates in Michigan.

Family speakers is one of the most requested and highest rated resource offered by the EO Center.  There is no charge for these presentations.  Family members are available to present, both in person and through web technology. Each family speaker has participated in a series of workshops and mentoring to prepare their personal story.

Though each story is unique, all speakers will touch on universal themes such as:

  • what it is like to find out your child has a disability;
  • what it is like dealing with ‘the system’, medical personnel, evaluation teams and other professionals;
  • the impact on their whole family and their daily family life;
  • the IFSP (Individualized Family Service Plan); goals and outcomes;
  • their concerns, priorities and dreams for their child;
  • their overall experience with early intervention.

Presentations often include a PowerPoint with family photos and stories from their family life. Handouts are distributed about Early On including how to request an evaluation and the eligibility criteria. Speakers can adjust their content to meet topical requests from faculty.NOTE: Each faculty may request up to two speakers per course per semester.

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September 12, 2016

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