SAC and CAA Webinar: Hearing Healthcare for Infants and Children in Canada: Status of EHDI Programs

Marlene Bagatto, AuD, PhD, Aud(C) and Sheila Moodie, PhD
April 10 2019
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Presented by Marlene Bagatto, AuD, PhD, Aud(C) and Sheila Moodie, PhD

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Registration deadline: April 9, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. (EDT)

April 10, 2019 – 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. (EDT)

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Pacific Standard Time 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Mountain Standard Time 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Central Standard Time 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Atlantic Standard Time 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Newfoundland Standard Time 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


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Intended audience: Speech-Language Pathologists, Speech-Language Pathology Assistant, Audiologists, Audiology Assistant, Speech and Hearing Assistant, Students

This session pertains to: Pre-School (0-4), School Aged (5-17)

Level: Intermediate (Assumes that the participant has general familiarity with the literature and professional practice within the areas covered.)


Early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI) programs are available worldwide to proactively address hearing health in infants and children. A report card issued in 2014 from the Canadian Infant Hearing Task Force indicated that comprehensive EHDI programs were not available across Canada. 

In this presentation, we will describe a status update of EHDI programs in Canada based on information gathered through a 24-item, country-wide survey. Results from this work revealed that, as a whole, Canada remains insufficient in offering comprehensive, accessible and sustainable EHDI programs. Continued action from Canada’s governments, in addition to federal policy leadership, is needed to achieve sufficient and sustainable EHDI programs.

Learning Objectives:

Participants of this presentation will be able to:

  • Describe the components of a comprehensive EHDI program.
  • Explain the status of EHDI programs across Canada.

This webinar is eligible for SAC CEEs (Category A).

Presenters Biographies

Marlene Bagatto, AuD, PhD, Aud(C)

Marlene Bagatto is a professor at Western University in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the National Centre for Audiology. She is the chair of the Canadian Infant Hearing Task Force and was the president of the Canadian Academy of Audiology.

Sheila Moodie, PhD

Sheila Moodie is an associate professor at Western University in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is a member of the National Centre for Audiology and the Canadian Infant Hearing Task Force and is the director of the Family-Centred Early Intervention Lab at Western University.

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