Training Opportunity: Nurturely’s Racism & Audism Training Series

Workshop: Intersection of Racism and Audism in Early Hearing Detection and Interventions Systems

Training Series Description:

This four-week virtual training experience will increase awareness of systemic racism and audism in early hearing detection and intervention systems, including perspectives on audiology, early intervention and education, health care providers, and more, featuring speakers with professional expertise and lived, intersectional experience. This training series will be offered via Zoom. Once you have registered, a Zoom link will be emailed to you. Each session will be recorded and made available to registered participants on the training platform.

Training Dates & Times:

1. January 25, 2022: 9:30am-11:30am PT (Start 10:30 MT, 11:30 CT, 12:30 ET)

2. February 1, 2022: 9:30am-11:30am PT (Start 10:30 MT, 11:30 CT, 12:30 ET)

3. February 8, 2022: 9:30am-11:30am PT (Start 10:30 MT, 11:30 CT, 12:30 ET)

4. February 15th, 2022: 9:30am-11:30am PT (Start 10:30 MT, 11:30 CT, 12:30 ET)

Registration Link

Presenter Bios:

Week 1: Sabia Wade

Sabia is a revolutionary CEO, doula, educator, and somatic practitioner in training, elevating the experiences of marginalized communities. Sabia embraces her role as a liberator of self by birthing new and hidden aspects of individuals while nurturing the spaces within them that have never known love, all with the goal of autonomy, justice, and equity for all.

Week 2: Rian Gayle

Rian Gayle is the Assistant Director of Access and Inclusion in the Office of Disability Services at Western Oregon University. Rian served on the board of the Oregon Association of Higher Education and Disability (ORAHEAD), on the Advisory board of the Telecommunication Device Access Program (TDAP) under PUC, and also on the Oregon Disabilities Commission (ODC) under DHS. Rian graduated from Gallaudet University in 2010 with a Master Degree in International Development for Persons with Disabilities. Born and raised in Jamaica, Rian was a Disability Advocate and Researcher in Jamaica from 2010 – 2014 with the Jamaica Association for the Deaf. While in Kingston, Jamaica, and Washington D.C., Rian played a crucial role in advocating for communication access during the disaster. He successfully pushed for having a sign language interpreter on public broadcasts for impending hurricanes in Jamaica and also to make closed caption available in public places in Salem in 2019. Rian is also a community advocate who hosts social justice events and workshops in Salem around ableism and racism and participated in several mutual aid projects. 

Week 3: Gloshanda Lawyer, PhD

Gloshanda Lawyer, PhD is a community-based Disability Justice and Language Justice practitioner with an emphasis in abolition and making social justice spaces more accessible. She is founder and trilingual

(ASL, Spanish, English) interpreter at COCOA Language, Advocacy and Consulting LLC where she also does research, workshops, trainings, and consultations at the community, national and international levels on: various issues of social justice; colonization; Deaf Education and Deaf Studies with emphasis on analyzing systems of power; multilingualism for Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled and Hard of Hearing populations; Language Justice; and Reproductive Justice and Disability Justice for Black and Disabled birthers in the United States and the Global South. She is also an Assistant Professor in ASL and Deaf Studies at Utah Valley University and a full spectrum doula.

Week 4: Isidore Niyongabo

Born and raised in Burundi, Isidore Niyongabo has been a champion for human rights and an advocate for access to education for Deaf children and hard of hearing children in developing countries. Isidore is a proud member of NBDA and former Peer Advisor of 2011 Youth Empowerment Summit (Y.E.S!). While balancing his full-time commitment in the Human Resources Department for Convo Communications, LLC, Isidore continues to pay it forward as the founding Executive Director of International Deaf Education, Advocacy, and Leadership (IDEAL), Inc., a San Diego based non-profit organization that empowers Deaf youth globally through provision of scholarships, leadership capacity building and human rights advocacy. In addition, he continues to inspire thousands of people through his extraordinary example of perseverance, self-reliance, enthusiastic effort, courage, and hope.

CEU Information:

Nurturely is approved by the American Academy of Audiology to offer Academy CEUs for this activity. The program is worth a maximum of 0.8 CEUs. Academy approval of this continuing education activity is based on course content only and does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedure, or adherence of the event to the Academy’s Code of Ethics. Any views that are presented are those of the presenter/CE Provider and not necessarily of the American Academy of Audiology.

Certified ASL Interpretation and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) captioning will be provided. 

Please reach out to Marissa Lovell ( with any questions about registration.

New Resource! Early Hearing Detection & Intervention: Promising Practice Spotlight

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program is excited to announce the Children’s Minnesota Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) clinic as an Innovative and Promising Practice. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ENT clinic restructured its newborn hearing screening program to limit the number of appointments needed by families, in addition to improving timely diagnosis. After restructuring, the clinic has seen improved diagnosis time, reduced number of infants who are lost to follow-up, and overall improvement on EHDI 1-3-6 goals. This is the third in a series of practices sharing innovative tools and strategies to support families of children who are D/HH. Strategies for how pediatricians can support this work are highlighted. For more information on the AAP EHDI program, visit

Interested in replicating this Innovative and Promising Practice in your practice? Contact to learn more about next steps.

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