Saturday, April 30, 2011

ID H&V on the road ... (with IESDB)

Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and Blind (IESDB) has been hosting a series of family events around the State this month and will continue to do so in May. They were in Coeur d' Alene earlier this past week and today was a fun 'Amazing Race' at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls.

Idaho H&V was there to participate and provide information about our organization. This was my first trip to Twin Falls and I took my six year old 'assistant', Audrey, along for the ride. It was especially fun meeting families from the Magic Valley as well as connecting with IESDB Outreach Consultants and Brian Darcy, IESDB Administrator.

I'm not sure who had more fun, the kids tie dying shirts and frosting cookies, or the parents determined to win the "Amazing Race". It was a great turnout and IESDB did a wonderful job making families feel welcomed and supported.

The most memorable quote of the day from Audrey, "Why are all these people signing to each other?" Reminded me that although she has been a student of IESDB's auditory-oral program for four years and uses a little sign language with her brothers, she doesn't get much exposure to deaf adults. Actually, she doesn't get ANY exposure to deaf adults. Events like this not only provide parents an opportunity to meet, they give our kids a slightly different perspective on how other d/hh families communicate with each other. Thank you IESDB for a fun day and great learning opportunity for my first grader!

Next up ... IESDB family event at River Valley Elementary in Meridian, Sat, May 7th.

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