• Family Weekend Retreat 2020

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    Family Weekend Retreat looked a bit different this year. Due to the Coronavirus, we were unable to meet in person on the Texas School for the Deaf and St. Edwards campuses, but we were still able to virtually provide a wealth of information and resources to hundreds of parents, family members, and professionals who logged in to view our presentations and Discussion Boards. (575 families/252 professionals)

    We had 14 presentations, including 3 levels of ASL lessons and reflections by several deaf and hard of hearing students and adults. Our keynote presenter was Nida Din, the first Deaf, Pakistani-American, Muslim, woman to become an attorney. In addition to her inspiring and motivating message, our other presenters shared their wisdom and knowledge on a variety of relevant topics. Through Discussion Boards, we were able to allow parents and presenters as well as Guide By Your Side guides to interact with questions and comments.

    One of the hardest parts about not being together was the children not being able to interact. They love the games, the crafts, the swimming, and the frivolity that happens during an FWR Weekend, and so do we! We didn’t want them to miss out on everything so we offered a virtual session for each age group on the Saturday of the original FWR Weekend date. Each group of children played some games, read a story, and made a craft. It was so nice to see their smiling faces!

    While meeting in person for Family Weekend Retreat is definitely our preference, we do feel that through our dedicated staff and enthusiastic presenters, we were able to make all who participated in Virtual FWR2020 feel that no matter what is happening in life, that indeed, ‘you belong’. Here’s what some of our participants said about their virtual experience:

    “I love going in person, we make a whole mini-vacay out of it, but if distanced is how it ‘has’ to be then I’m all for it”

    “I enjoyed that we can watch all the presentations online better than just attending 2 in person. If we can have both the family fun weekend with everyone and online presentations [that] will be awesome”

    We the FWR Planning Team got some ‘takeaways’ from this experience too, so stay tuned for FWR 2021!

    We would like to thank all of our partners: Texas Hands & Voices/Guide By Your Side (TX H&V/GBYS), Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) and Education Service Center (ESC) 13 for all their support and assistance. Without these partners and our wonderful presenters, this event would not have been possible.


    Virtual FWR 2020 Presentations

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