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Release Date: 04/13/2015

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, along with the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Rhode Island Hearing Assessment Program (RIHAP) will present their 21st annual seminar, entitled “Creating Positive Environments for Children with Hearing Loss.” The all-day conference will be held on Friday, May 15th from 8 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza, Warwick, RI.

An outstanding faculty of nationally renowned professionals who specialize in childhood hearing loss will be lecturing on a variety of topics.

Featured speakers at the event include Christine Yoshinaga-Itano, PhD, from the University of Colorado, Boulder; Sanjay Gulati, MD, of Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA ; Samira Anderson, AuD, PhD, from the University of Maryland, College Park; Kym Meyer, MS, CCC-A, of The Learning Center for the Deaf, Framingham, MA; Terrell Clark, PhD; of Boston Children’s Hospital, Waltham, MA; Jennifer Rosner, PhD, Parent and Author, Northampton, MA.

The target audience for this event includes parents, educators, early childhood specialists, early interventionists, health care providers, audiologists, speech language pathologists, deaf and hard of hearing service providers, ASL interpreters, and students studying communication disorders.

In conjunction with the conference, the Rhode Island Hearing Assessment Program is also sponsoring the 11th Annual Art Competition in which all school-aged children in Rhode Island with permanent hearing loss are invited to participate. The artwork will be on display at the conference.

For more information, please call the Rhode Island Hearing Assessment Program at
(401) 277-3600 voice, email, or visit

About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 12th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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