Registration closes November 6, 2019

Lansing Community College West Campus
Room M119-121
5708 Cornerstone Dr.
Lansing, MI 48917
Friday, November 22, 2019

Start time: 8:30 a.m.

End time: 4 p.m.

Doors open at 8 a.m.


$75 for school personnel

$37.50 for college students and adult family members of students who are BVI, DHH, or DeafBlind


Parents and service providers of children ages birth to six who are Blind/Visually Impaired (BVI), Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH), or DeafBlind are invited to this one-day conference. Janice Fialka, LMSW, ACSW, will speak about the “Dance of Partnership” between families and school personnel who support early childhood students. The remainder of the day will consist of breakout sessions related to working with students who are DHH, BVI, and DeafBlind. SCECHs are pending.

Conference participants will:

  • Gain tools to enhance the parent/school partnership
  • Learn from other parents of students who are BVI, DHH, or DeafBlind
  • Learn about strategies for working with students
  • Gather information from a variety of vendors

Download the Early Childhood Conference Program [PDF] to learn more about sessions and presenters.

Keynote Speaker

Janice Fialka, LMSW, ACSW, is a nationally recognized lecturer, author, and advocate on issues related to disability, parent-school partnerships, inclusion, raising a child with a disability, sibling issues, and postsecondary education. She is also a parent, poet, compelling storyteller, and award-winning advocate for families and persons with disabilities.

Hotel Rooms

A block of rooms is available the night of November 21 at Crowne Plaza Lansing West. Information on reserving a room will be provided in the registration confirmation email.

Available Credits


Cancellation Policy

Please note: A credit card payment is required to complete your registration and secure your slot for this event. MDE-LIO will issue refunds only for cancellations received no less than three business days prior to the event.

If you have a question or need to cancel, call MDE-LIO at 517-241-7083.

Contact Information

Stacy Guthrie