A diverse panel of experts convened in Bad Ischl, Austria,
in June of 2012 for the purpose of coming to consensus
on essential principles that guide family-centered early
intervention with children who are deaf or hard of hearing
(D/HH). The consensus panel included parents, deaf
professionals, early intervention program leaders, early
intervention specialists, and researchers from 10 nations.
Panel members reported that the
implementation of family-centered principles was uneven or
inconsistent in their respective nations. During the consensus meeting, they identified 10 agreed-upon foundational
principles. Following the conference, they worked to refine
the principles and to develop a document that described the
principles themselves, related program and provider behaviors, and evidence supporting their use (drawing upon studies from multiple disciplines and nations). The goal of this
effort was to promote widespread implementation of validated, evidence-based principles for family-centered early
intervention with children who are deaf and hard of hearing
and their families.