The Colorado Chapter has a long tradition of presenting the annual Families First Award to the parent or professional who goes above and beyond in their efforts to improve systems or services for families raising children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
2015 Award Winner: Danielle Kennedy
The 2015 Gala attendees honored Danielle Kennedy, pediatric audiologist, who recently opened her own business to serve children and adults, along with creating her own custom earmolds and hearing protection, called Soundproof Technologies.
Parents Ann and Patrick Gavin shared about Kennedy’s efforts in their own family’s journey with two daughters who were identified with a hearing loss, Rosie and Maggie. Rosie in particular had a complicated story with a progressive hearing loss and an rare and painful condition called recruitment that made ongoing clear communication with her audiologist a necessity. The Gavins appreciated that Kennedy encouraged Rosie and Maggie both to be very active in programming and also took the effort to visit Rosie’s school when considering changes in FM technology and strategies. Kennedy saw beyond the “ears” and looks at each of her clients individually. Rosie added her own letter of thanks to the nomination. A colleague, Leslie Packer, referred to Kennedy as the “baby whisperer” because she had a calming effect on babies and young children during testing and programming appointments that extended to anxious parents as well. Kennedy created her own line of earmolds and custom hearing protection when she became frustrated with the lack of quality commercially available, and now owns her own practice.
Please join us in thanking Danielle Kennedy for her many contributions to family support in Audiology. From our board of directors, staff, volunteers and most importantly, from and on behalf of the families we serve, we thank you and are glad that you chose audiology as your career path. May you touch many more children and their families, Danielle.
Nominations for the Families First Award
Help us recognize the professionals and parents who pioneer on behalf of all our children. In every field, there are those who forge ahead with a tireless spirit to “make things happen” for our deaf and hard of hearing kids: they may be parents, professionals, or politicians or policy-makers.
Send in your nomination letter to recognize those who go the extra mile, who challenge the status quo, and who immeasurably enrich the lives of our children. Details about their service and impact are most welcome!
Nominations will be accepted annually until September 9th of each year. Please send nomination letters to firstname.lastname@example.org
Previous honorees of the Families First award include: Annette Landes, Susie Broderick, Vickie Thomson, Cliff Moers, Shana Bokelman, Representative Mark Larson, Rob Frantum-Allen, Allison Sedey, Barbara Jean Wood, Stephanie Olson, Dinah Beams, Allison Biever, Donna Ewing, BJ Brubaker-Blocker, Denise Davis-Pedrie, Ruth Mathers, Cathy Noble Hornsby, Brian W. Smith, Cheryl DeConde Johnson, and Christine Yoshinaga-Itano.