2024 Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Conference
March 17-19, 2024 • Denver, CO
View Presenter Packet - Important information regarding presenter requirements and tips for preparing presentations.
View Accessibility Guidelines - The 2024 EHDI Annual Conference Planning Committee has developed a checklist to help meet written guidelines that are intended to maximize access for all EHDI Conference participants.
The Annual National EHDI Conference is a valuable opportunity to learn from others about exciting advancements and innovative approaches to meeting the goals and objectives of the EHDI System. It is also a great opportunity where YOU can share innovative endeavors that you have been a part of and that may benefit others!
There are two ways you can share your accomplishments when you participate in the next EHDI meeting:
- Make a Presentation. You can propose to provide a 30- or 60-minute presentation on a topic of your choice. Below is a list of information tracks reflecting topical areas with which your presentation may align.
- Prepare and Display a Poster. You can propose to illustrate your achievements through text and illustrations on a poster that will be on display throughout the EHDI meeting.
Keep in mind that the Annual National EHDI Conference is a friendly opportunity to meet your peers, parents and individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to share your accomplishments, discuss future challenges and questions and obtain input from others who are committed to the improvement and success of the EHDI system.
How do I propose a presentation or poster?
Submit an abstract, which is a 300-word description of what you would like to share. The abstract will include the following elements:
- Title of your presentation/poster
- Primary and second tracks reflecting key topic areas you are addressing
- Whether you'd like to be considered for a presentation, a poster or either format
- If you are proposing a presentation, you will select the length of presentation you would like to make (either 30- or 60-minutes)
- Three learning objectives associated with your presentation/poster. (SUGGESTIONS FOR HOW TO WRITE EFFECTIVE LEARNING OBJECTIVES).
- Disclosure Form Requirements for all presenters. Because the EHDI Conference offers continuing education credit for attendees who are members of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and the American Society of The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), ALL presenters are required to complete disclosure forms for those organizations. If presenters and co-presenters do not complete the disclosure forms, the abstract will not be accepted, scheduled or presented during the conference.
Abstracts for presentations or posters can be submitted in one of the following twelve program tracks.
- EHDI Program Enhancement (e.g., efforts to improve any component of an EHDI program, screening efficiency or validity, systems change initiatives, protocol improvement, sustainability, extending EHDI to other populations).
- Audiological Services (e.g., improving diagnostic protocols, fitting and management of hearing aids, cochlear implants, or FM systems, improving access to hearing technology, counseling families following audiological diagnosis, tele-audiology).
- Language Acquisition and Development (e.g., helping early intervention specialists, parents, and others understand early language acquisition and development processes, the impact that achieving age-appropriate language outcomes has on the social/emotional well-being of children who are DHH; research on how to use language assessments; information for families and service providers about communication tools and strategies to evaluate and maximize language acquisition/development for children who are DHH).
- Early Intervention (e.g., increasing cooperation and reducing barriers between EHDI and EI, including coordination and communication among early intervention and EHDI programs, transition between programs, effective use of resources, improving educational programs for 0-5 year-old children who are DHH including children who are Deaf+, providing culturally competent services, reaching underserved populations, effective use of tele-services).
- Medical Home (e.g., providing family-centered health care within a community-based system, coordinating care between primary care providers, specialists, subspecialists, and other health care professionals, delivering health care that is accessible, continuous, comprehensive, compassionate, culturally effective and efficient for all involved, hearing screening during well-child care).
- Follow-up, Tracking and Data Management (e.g., strategies for improving loss to follow-up, innovative tracking systems, using tracking information for quality improvement activities).
- Family Perspectives, Engagement, and Support (e.g., how to make EHDI programs more family friendly, strategies for how parents can be effectively engaged and build meaningful stakeholder partnerships in EHDI systems, implementation of effective parent support programs, parent education, including parents in EHDI program leadership).
- Program Evaluation and Quality Improvement (e.g., efforts to assess quality of services or data, quality improvement efforts, results of statewide program evaluations, reporting to funders and administrators, strategies for assuring effective use of EHDI advisory committees, examples of how "small tests of change" have led to system-wide improvements).
- EHDI Workforce, Advocacy, and Legislative/Policy Issues (e.g., pre-service and in-service education for EHDI providers, workforce shortages and how to reduce them, strategies to address knowledge gaps, mandates for insurance coverage for hearing technology, securing funding for program improvement, public awareness activities, state legislative or advocacy efforts)
- Involvement of Adults Who are DHH in EHDI Programs (e.g. how to engage adults who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) in improving EHDI systems, strategies for how adults who are DHH can build meaningful stakeholder partnerships within EHDI systems, implementation of effective DHH Mentor/Adult Role Model/Guide programs, how to use adults who are DHH in supporting families)
- Collaboration and Coordination with Other Screening Programs (e.g., why and how EHDI systems can collaborate with emergency preparedness, congenital cytomegalovirus (cCMV) screening, metabolic (blood spot) screening, critical congenital heart defect (CCHD) screening, late onset hearing loss (LOHL)/periodic childhood hearing screening). Includes presentations about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected EHDI programs and how EHDI programs have responded and planned for response to future emergent issues.
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (e.g. effective strategies to reduce and mitigate the effects of social determinates of health and health disparities, how to recognize and mitigate the effects of explicit and implicit bias; effective strategies to ensure that activities are inclusive of and address the needs of the populations it serves, including geography, race, ethnicity, disability, gender, sexual orientation, family structure, socio-economic status).
Abstracts that are considered to be a commercial product endorsement in the opinion of the EHDI Program Committee will not be accepted. All abstracts must be in English. Presenters must register for the EHDI Conference.
Abstract Review and Scoring
The Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Annual Conference strives to provide key stakeholders an opportunity to identify areas of concern, promote collaboration, and share best practices. EHDI Conference participants range from state and local programs to the federal level and from academicians to families.
The Conference goals are to enhance the implementation of comprehensive state-based EHDI programs and improve EHDI services. This includes current research and research methods related to EHDI, cultural competence of providers and assessment of their abilities to work with children who have hearing loss, their families and communities and enhancing and creating new and ongoing working relationships.
Abstract submissions will be reviewed and scored according to the following criteria by a committee appointed by the EHDI Conference Planning Committee.
- Relevance and significance to the early identification of hearing loss and early intervention services for infants and young children with hearing loss and their families. [1 – 20 points]
- The abstract should address a current topic and information appropriate for the purposes of the Conference goals.
- The abstract should address important issues or gaps related to improving state-based EHDI services.
- The abstract should inform, enable, or update others in improving EHDI services regarding potential issues related to clinical practice, education of professionals/families, or future research.
- The abstract should have the potential to advance the practice/knowledge base of EHDI.
- The abstract should expand the discussion or perspective to build on existing knowledge or address new knowledge, discoveries, methodologies, tools, technologies, or practices.
- Overall clarity [1 – 10 points]
- The abstract should be well written and organized in a coherent manner.
- The amount of information to be presented should be appropriate for the proposed session length and format.
- The abstract should clearly describe the presentation's goals and learner outcomes.
- The abstract should provide prospective participants enough information to determine if the session will meet their needs.
- If research results are included, they should be clearly described and supported by statistical findings with the conclusions supported by the results.