Thursday, November 5, 2009


Hot off the press!!!
NHS 2010 - Beyond Newborn Hearing Screening: Infant and Childhood Hearing in Science and Clinical Practice
Villa Erba Congress Center, Cernobbio, Italy
June 8 10, 2010

(I'm hoping to be in a better hotel this time and not one with a plastic shower box in my room and a turkish toilet down the hall- not that it matters- I'm there!)


*Italy's finest in eye-candy to hold your attention*

The NHS 2010 will include Keynote addresses, free communications, massive
poster sessions, Workshops and a number of Satellite Events and Special
Sessions. To name a few:

- A series of linked workshops on the theme of delivering an effective
screening programme organised by the National Health Service Newborn
Hearing Screening Programme (NHSP) from UK;

- A Special Session on the state of implementation of Early Hearing
Detection and Intervention Programs (EHDI). National and Regional
representatives will report on the state-of-the-art from all around the

- A Special Session on EHDI in Developing Countries Opportunities &

- The General Assembly of the EFAS (European Federation of Audiology
Societies) for National Representatives;

*AND....HEH HEM...*

- A Session entirely dedicated to family support, organized by the Global Coalition of Parents of Deaf/Hard of Hearing Children (GPOD);


- Oticon Paediatric Symposium;

- Phonak Satellite Event (Richard Seewald among other guests).

The topics will cover all aspects related to early hearing intervention,
from comprehensive reviews on plasticity and re-organization of Central
Auditory System (Anu Sharma, Keynote Lecturer) to educational Workshops,
from improving methods and protocols to assess hearing in newborns and
infants to family issues, from strategies to improve the outcomes of EHDI
programs to new concepts in hearing aid fitting and advances in cochlear
Join us in making this historic event another great success!

NHS2010 Secretariat

Abstract submission: January 25, 2010
Notification of acceptance (oral or poster): March 8, 2010
Early registration and Hotel accommodation: April 12, 2010

For those of you who may have missed the news, *smile* there will be an entire session dedicated to parental support, where the GPOD members will present a paper on the famous survey completed by many of you, the amazing parents reading this blog post. If you still haven't completed the survey, click here. Note: this survey has been translated in Arabic, Chinese, French and Spanish (I would be the slacker who hasn't translated it into Italian). So, thank you for being a part of this exciting and revolutionary moment in time, when the parental voice is being incorporated in the NHS process.

Very special thanks to Professor Ferdinando Grandori who has encouraged and supported the GPOD mission:

Mission Statement: The GPOD promotes a communication-unbiased parent perspective to early identification and intervention systems, educational systems, and support services for families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. GPOD is an international collaboration of parent groups dedicated to promoting improved systemic protocols and practices which encourage informed choice and the empowerment of families with children who are deaf or have hearing loss.

...since that very first meeting under the tree.


Julia said...

Wow. Amazing!!! Congratulations on the accomplishments, as well as the passion and hard work that achieved them. And if a "Turkish toilet" is one of those squatties that are so mysteriously popular in Europe, then you should definitely spring for a better room.

Unknown said...

Thank you, Julia!!! The Turkish Toilet is in fact an aim and squattie- never heard it called that, but it works for me. And I am hoping to be able to spring this year...but I've always been an adventurous one and I promise you- how I loved that room, you can't even imagine! Plastic shower box and all...

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you and GPOD. Families with deaf and hard of hearing children need to be represented at these shindigs and I am sure you and GPOD will do a fantastic job. We are the ones living the experience . . . "where the rubber meets the road."

Mother of Bilingual Deaf and Hearing Children