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2019 Deaf Fiesta

Come and enjoy a day of fun and learning for Spanish-speaking parents of deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) children. Child care & activities are available for all ages.


⇒  Opportunities for Spanish-speaking parents to network with other parents.
⇒  Learn about community resources and attend workshops with Spanish-speaking and Deaf presenters.
⇒  Activities available for children of all ages, DHH children’s hearing siblings are welcome. There will be activities for ages 0 to 8; and children 9 and up can enjoy the rock climbing wall or outdoor challenge course.
⇒  Lunch will be provided.


Free for families

Date and Time:
Saturday, April 6, 2019
9am – 4pm

Download the flier for information and registration:

English Version (PDF)

Spanish Version (PDF)


For questions, please contact Julia Petersen, Fiesta Coordinator at

Working Memory and Language of Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

CDHL is pleased to announce a professional learning opportunity with Dr. Kimberly Peters.  This workshop will provide a definition and description of working memory (WM); an overview of the research on WM differences and background knowledge gaps in children who are DHH; specific examples of how auditory WM deficits and background knowledge gaps manifest academically; and suggestions for parent and professionals for creating activities that integrate auditory WM, oral and written language, and background knowledge for school age children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Workshop Details:

March 20, 2019

Noon to 3pm

Madison Early Learning Center
3101 S 43rd St.
Tacoma, WA  98409

For more information or to register (RSVP requested), contact Christy Camarata at

Working Memory Workshop - March 20

Infant and Early Childhood Conference (IECC)

Save the Dates – May 1 – 3, 2019

The Infant and Early Childhood Conference is a two-day conference that attracts nearly 2,000 participants and offers a blend of national keynote speakers, more than 100 breakout sessions, and extensive exhibits.  Visit the Conference website for more information

Who Should Attend:
– Parents
– Special Educators
– Paraprofessionals
– Service providers in developmental and neuro-developmental centers
– Head Start and Early Head Start staff
– Agency Administrators
– Case Managers
– Health Care Professionals
– Child care providers

Save the Date:
May 1, 2019/Pre-Conference
May 2 & 3, 2019/Conference

Greater Tacoma Convention Center, Tacoma, WA

2019 Western Regional Early Intervention Conference (WREIC)

Save the Dates

September 11 – 13, 2019
Denver, Colorado


The Western Regional Early Intervention Conference (WREIC) is designed to support professionals working with, and families of, children birth to five years old who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired, or deafblind. WREIC has been in place for over 30 years, making it one of the longest ongoing early intervention conferences in the country.

This conference will be hosted by:
-A Shared Vision
-Anchor Center for Blind Children
-Colorado Department of Education
-Colorado Services for Children and Youth with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss Project
-Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
-Hands and Voices

Stay tuned for more information about the conference hotel and program.

Download a copy of the flier (PDF)

2018-2019 Professional Development from CDHL

Registration is now open for the following workshops:

2018-2019 Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) – Workshop Video Series 

In this series:
⇒ October 6, 2018 – How Do I Interpret In Math Class

⇒ December 1, 2018 – Developing Effective Interpreting Skills for Using Fingerspelling and Numbers

⇒ February 16, 2019 – Understanding Prosody

⇒ April 6, 2019 – The EIPA Report: A Tool For Professional Development

*Sessions run from 8am to Noon

For course descriptions and registration – click this link to download a flier (PDF)

Fingerspelling Our Way to Reading – November 2, 2018

Fingerspelling Our Way to Reading is an evidence-based, supplementary literacy program for deaf and hard of hearing students in K-2nd grade. Read more about this course – download the flier and registration form (PDF)

Foundations for Literacy – November 3 & 4, 2018

A one-of-a-kind, evidence-based intervention designed specifically for preschool and kindergarten-aged children who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Read more about this course – download the flier and registration form (PDF)

2019 Spring Family Camp

WSDS in collaboration with The Center on Childhood Deafness and Hearing Loss (CDHL), sponsors an annual weekend for families with children and teens who are deaf/hard of hearing. Families stay in cabins at the Lazy F Ranch outside of Ellensburg, attend workshops, and have a great time.

For additional information or questions contact:
Christy Camarata, Program Coordinator
509-963-1670 V/TTY

TBD – Please check back for 2019 event details.

Lazy F Campground
Ellensburg, WA

Screening Hearing and Vision of Birth-to-Three Year Olds: The Three-Pronged Approach

This training will help develop familiarity with high risk factors for vision and hearing loss in young children. Participants will learn to use a parent interview, developmental skills checklist, observation to identify children at risk for sensory loss and how to make appropriate referrals for diagnostic follow up.  Topics to be covered:

  • using the Three-Pronged Approach screening tool
  • screening hearing using otoacoustic emissions (OAE) equipment
  • eligibility criteria for infants and toddlers for services through the Washington Deaf-Blind Project.
Contact WSDS to schedule a training