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Topic Tuesday: Virtual Family Story Time + Author Meet & Greet

January 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Beginnings SC and SC Hands & Voices are excited to announce that the monthly Topic Tuesday series is returning on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. You and your family are invited for a virtual author Meet & Greet! Please join us for this special family story time and Q&A with parent-advocate and award-winning author Valerie James Abbott.

Following the presentation, the speaker will take a Q&A and a parent-focused chat will follow.

An ASL interpreter will be present. This webinar is free, but we ask that you register in advance to receive the Zoom link.

About The Book: Padapillo was published in May 2021 and received the prestigious bronze award in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Program. The book is based on the Abbott family’s experience and the story is narrated by an observant, but incredulous young girl who discovers and struggles to understand her younger sister’s late-identified hearing loss. Readers become familiar with the process of pediatric hearing assessment and explore the common emotional responses that sometimes occur when a child is identified with hearing loss.
Valerie wrote Padapillo to be a tool and resource to help families, friends, classmates, teachers and other professionals who support the child as they navigate the early days of the journey with validation, information, and optimism. This picture book was written for the whole family, with the hope of fostering questions and open discussions, so get comfy and gather up your children to experience this story read by the author, with added insights about ‘the story behind the story’ and how children’s books are actually created!

About The Presenter: Valerie James Abbott is an award-winning author, a parent-advocate and champion for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention programs, a promoter of family support organizations, and co-founder of Late Onset Hearing Loss Awareness Week (May 4-10). Her children’s book, Padapillo, is based on her family’s experience with late identified hearing loss and serves as a resource tool for professionals to use with families. She lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and two daughters (ages 16 and 20) and works as a family support specialist and educator at the Center for Family Involvement at Virginia Commonwealth University. For more information, visit her website:

*If you are a professional who works with deaf & hard of hearing children and you want to attend our Topic Tuesday series, please invite at least one family you work with to participate so that they can receive this important information too!

Beginnings SC and SC Hands & Voices partner together to host monthly webinars on various topics for families of deaf & hard of hearing children every third Tuesday of the month.



January 18
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Beginnings SC
SC Hands & Voices