The Global Coalition of Parents of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (GPODHH) 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 a deaf or hard of hearing child throughout the world.
We are delighted to have membership of the World Hearing Forum from 2019-2021. Our representatives at the Forum are Mrs Snigdha Sarkar from India and Dr Bianca Birdsey from South Africa.
The WHF envisions a world in which no persons experiences hearing loss due to preventable causes and those with hearing loss can achieve their full potential through rehabilitation, education and empowerment. The goal of the WHF is to facilitate the implementation fo the WHA70.13 resolution and support WHO's advocacy actions in the field of hearing.
The FCEI Consensus Statement was published in 2013 and has been translated into numerous languages to date. This position paper, also known as the “FCEI Principles,” outlined ten essential practices that serve to guide and standardize family-centered early intervention services for children who are deaf or hard of hearing, wherever they are implemented worldwide.
At FCEI 2020, the consensus group will reconvene for a revision and update of this consensus document. As a part of that group, GPODHH will be actively involved to ensure that the parent voice is well represented. The parent perspective must influence the best practice principles which serve to guide the journey of families like ours, all over the world.
If you would like to participate, further details will be sent regarding the process itself. This is not intended to be a long and tedious task, but rather require a few minutes of your time every few weeks until all the principles have been addressed.
Please contact Bianca Birdsey at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information about participating in this review process.