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Requesting Help From and Anyone Reading

Posted Aug 24 2008 6:39pm

Okay. I just found out about this Conference - NHS 2008 that is being held in Cernobbio (Lake Como, where George Clooney has a place:))from June 19-21st - I'm a little late. I am DYING to go and SPEAK! But, if I can't speak, I would settle for going. Does anyone know anyone who could get me in there??? All I have to do is hop on a train!

This was their call for Abstracts that I missed:

Call For Abstracts

Don't miss the opportunity to be a presenter at the NHS 2008!

Submissions are particularly encouraged on:

Neuromaturation and plasticity

Genetics of hearing loss

Auditory Neuropathy (poster presentation only)

Cochlear implants

Technological improvements in diagnosis and Hearing Aids

Steady State Evoked Potentials

Intervention strategies for infants

Changing criteria for cochlear implantation in early infancy

Outcome measures of early intervention

Other topics of interest are:

Physiologic measures of audiological function - Language development, cognition and deafness - Newborn hearing screening - Audiological assessment - Clinical decision making in the audiological test battery - Aetiological evaluation - Mild and unilateral hearing loss - Information management, tracking and monitoring - Program evaluation and quality issues - Outcomes of early identified children (long lasting programs) - Language outcomes in infants with cochlear implants - Medical and surgical intervention for hearing loss - Pediatric hearing health services - Family-directed services for deaf and hard-of-hearing infants - Family counselling - Web-based resources for parents and professionals - Impact of deafness on family systems - Perspectives of the Deaf community - Parents' perspective.

Sounds damn interesting and I know I could learn a lot here. I hate it when I arrive late! So, I am asking for help from the blogosphere - a VERY POWERFUL PLACE. I've sent like four emails to various people who have not responded. *getting frustrated*

You know, ironically, I had a conversation with one of my students today. We were talking about which high school he was going to choose - in Italy they are specialized, not generic and the school you choose when you are fourteen is a major decision because you basically choose your life path based on that school. His father is an attorney and this boy has attorney potential, so I asked him if he intended on following in his dad's footsteps. He said he wanted to "do it all on his own" and not be a "daddy's boy with a silver spoon."

I would have said the same thing when I was his age, I never wanted anything handed to me, I have worked my ass off for everything I have ever achieved. And it is for that reason that I said to him, "Federico, life is hard enough as it is. If you have an opportunity to practice law with your dad, take it. Once you're in, you'll make your own name, but if you have that chance, which is so rare in Italy where to get anywhere in this country you need to know someone, (unless you are an American Mamma *smile*)TAKE IT AND RUN WITH IT!"

So, I am following my own advice and asking for someone to get me the hell to that Convention! Please!! Email me:

PS. Thank you to everyone who left comments and sent emails...I kept them for myself, personally...I am a VERY lucky woman.
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