Children of Deaf Adults, INC. 

CODA celebrates the unique heritage and
identities of adult hearing
individuals with deaf parent(s).

MichCODA 2000  - July 20 - 23
"Bridging Our Past to Our Future" 
Novi, Michigan

Keynote: In the Absence of Fairness
by Dave Eklof

Where to Stay:

Novi Hilton, 21111 Haggerty Road, Novi, Michigan  48375, 1-248-349-4000, 1-800-HILTONS, (9 a.m. - 4 p.m., EST, Mon - Fri)

The Novi Hilton was chosen as our conference site because of its beautiful and first class atmosphere, reasonable rates, their commitment to excellent service, and its accessibility to local sites of interest.  Hotel rate per room, per night is $104, plus tax.  The rate is guaranteed until June 30.  The rooms will go quickly, so reserve your room ASAP.  To make your reservations, it is best to call the hotel directly.  Be sure to indicate that you're attending the CODA conference.  More info about Detroit.

Directions to the hotel:

Traveling by air:  Fly into Detroit Metropolitan Airport.  There is a variety of shuttle services at the airport.  Inform the driver that you need to be taken to the Novi Hilton on I-275 and 8 Mile.  We are sorry to report that the hotel does not offer complementary transportation to and from the airport.  However, there is complementary parking at the hotel, if you decide to drive to the hotel.

Traveling by train:  Take a taxi to the airport from the Amtrak station in Dearborn, Mich.

Traveling by car:  

  • From Chicago: 94 West to 275 North.  I-275 to 8 Mile West.  Turn left on 8 Mile Road to Haggerty.  Right on Haggerty to Novi Hilton.
  • From Ohio:  I-75 North to I-275 North, then follow above directions.
  • From Canada:  Bridge or tunnel to I-96.  I-96 West to I-275 North, then follow above directions.


Tuesday, July 18 Pre-conference sessions (optional)
Wednesday, July 19 Pre-conference sessions (optional)
Board Meeting
Thursday, July 20 Greenfield Village & Henry Ford Museum/Spirit of Ford tours (optional)
Newcomers Orientation (recommended)
Conference begins
Friday, July 21 Saturday, July 22 Conference continues
Keynote Address
Breakout Sessions
Sunday, July 23 Meetings
Conference ends
Greek Town/Casino excursions (optional)


Our keynote speaker, Dave Eklof is a long-time member of CODA.  Of his planned address, "Note key talk 'In the Absence of Fairness,' hopefully a humorous look at my life and coda life," Dave says.  Dave is from Wisconsin and has been attending conferences for eight years, enthralling us with his stories and memories.  Dave is currently supervisor of billing at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, Wisc.  He has taught for 18 years and developed the first three credit hour course of ASL in Madison.  Dave is also a semi-retired interpreter.  He loves to travel and cook.  He is divorced and has a 17-year-old son.  He is currently working on a book.

Registration Costs:

The registration costs include the registration fee, meals from Thursday evening through Sunday brunch, materials, and yearbook.  To have a complete registration packet sent to you, contact Millie Hursin at or write to her at 

MichCODA, P.O. Box 715, Dearborn Heights, MI 48127-0715.

By May 1 $250 for members $275 for non-members
By June 15 $275 for members $300 for non-members
At the door $300 for members $325 for non-members

Newcomer Orientation:  

Thursday, July 20, 2 - 5 p.m.  It is strongly recommended that all newcomers attend this orientation.

Conference Participants:

Participants must be at least 18 years of age and the hearing child of deaf parent(s).  Late-deafened codas are welcome.  We may be able to offer some financial assistance.  Send us a letter of interest.  All inquiries will be kept confidential.

Call for Workshop Presentations:

We are seeking to showcase CODA talent in scholarship, teaching, training, and sharing through dynamic and innovative presentations that feature and explore the issues of experiences of hearing children growing up with deaf parents.  Workshop sessions are scheduled for an hour and a half and should include time for Q&A.  The format is flexible, whatever would suit your presentation best.  We are unable to pay an honorarium, travel expenses, or to guarantee any discount in registration fees.  All Codas are eligible and encouraged to submit a description of a proposed workshop.  Include your name, the name of any co-presenters, how to contact you, the name of your workshop, the format of your workshop (i.e., lecture, panel, etc.), a 50-word abstract outlining your topic (to be used in conference program), and a brief bio of each presenter.  Deadlines is April 30.  Send this to Joni Harvie at MichCODA 2000, 1387 Riverside Dr. E., Windsor, Ont. N9A 2T8, Canada.  

Breakout Sessions:

Our traditional breakout format is open-ended and self-directed, with a facilitator.  If there are any new topics you'd like to see as breakout sessions, please contact Joni Harvie at the address above.  Previous years' topics have included:

Coda Identity Parenting Issues Passport Without A Country showing/discussion
Codas and Abuse Codas and Communication Codas as Spouses and Significant Others
Elderly Parents Grief and Loss Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Codas
Fire and Ice Multicultural Codas Professionals in the field of Deafness
O-Codas (only child) Non-signing Codas OH-Codas (only hearing child with deaf siblings)

Workshop Sessions:

These workshops are presenter led.  They can be in a variety of topics and formats.  Previous years' topics have included:


Deaf and Codas during the Holocaust Codas and Self-Esteem
American Sign Language Structure Codas as Interpreters
Coda Parts Deaf Culture/Storytelling
Bringing Coda into your interpreting Coda authors

Call for Auction Items:

We are looking for items to be sold in a live and silent auction.  All proceeds go to the Millie Brother Scholarship Fund.  Contact our auction coordinator:  Cindy Blackman, 3066 Ketzler, Flint, Mich. 48507, or  

Program Advertisements:

We are seeking advertisement for our conference program book. If you are interested in advertising and have Microsoft Word, you can download a advertising form.  The book size is approximately 8 ½ by 7 inches.   The deadline for filing contracts is June 15.  For more information, contact Brenda Warwick by email: or by mail: 535 French St., Adrian, MI 49221

Pre-Conference Workshop: Wednesday, July 19--"My Coda Identity: The Bridge to Self Discovery" by Dr. Alan L. Marcus, CODA brother and psychologist

Cost:  $60 (Profits to go to the Eli Savanick Scholarship Fund)  

To sign up send checks to Alan L. Marcus, 2805 Fountain Grove Terrace, Olney Maryland 20832. You can E-mail him at

"When I think about the bridge that links our past with our future I am reminded of the numerous memories and experiences I have had that have made me who I am. Some of these memories are quite delightful and bring a smile to my face. Some of them are painful and have, at times, caused my bridge to shake, rattle and even crack. Ever since I can remember, I have worked on my bridge to ensure its survival. Some of the work involved repairing parts of the bridge that were weak and or worn. Some of the work involved highlighting and reinforcing the architecture that links my past with my present and enables me to be who I am. In this all day workshop, I invite you to join me as we will explore our bridges and do some work on them. This work will involve individual, small and large group activities that will help us explore our bridges. There will be opportunities to begin repairing any cracks we might have as well as to acknowledge and cherish parts of the bridge that are important to you." 

Pre-Conference Workshop: Tuesday, July 18 (1 - 8 p.m.) & Wednesday, July 19 (9 a.m. - 6 p.m.)--"Talking About the Work: For Codas Only" by Betty Colonomos

$125/person (A percentage of profits to go to the CODA International Ron Coffey Memorial Fund) 1.4 CEUs (for RID certified or ACET members)

Limited to 30 participants who currently work as full- or part-time interpreters.  Preference will be given to those who have taken "Foundations of Interpreting Processes" with B. Colonomos in the past.  The deadline is June 15.  No refunds after July 1.  Make checks/money orders payable to Betty M. Colonomos and send to the Bilingual Mediation Center, 9012A 51st Avenue, College Park, MD 20740.  Include your name, address, fax/E-mail, and whether you've attended a Foundations Workshop in the past.  For more information, contact Betty at:

"One of the biggest hindrances to growth in interpreting skills is the difficulty getting feedback/analysis from colleagues.  Some reasons are a lack of an appropriate "language" to discuss specifics, reluctance to experience destructive/judgemental criticism, and difficulty in separating the work from the person.  The workshop will deal with two major elements:  identifying and labeling aspects of the work, and learning how to use descriptive and non-evaluative language.  Since the workshop will consist of various activities designed to give participants practice in developing these skills, it is important that we deal with real material.  Therefore, participants must bring a videotape with samples of their work (10 - 15 minutes for each assignment).  This must consist of actual interpreting experiences, not staged ones.  The tape must show the deaf signer and include your voice, and for sign interpretation it must show you interpreting, and, if possible, the speaker on the tape too." 

Pre-Conference Activities (July 20, 9 a.m. - noon):

Post-Conference Activity (July 23, 4:30 - 9 p.m.):

  • Greektown Casino, no cost, but feel free to gamble to your heart's content.  If gambling isn't your bag, you can explore the various Greek shops, restaurants, and bakeries located within blocks of the casino.  Family and friends are welcome to join us at this event.

Transportation will be provided at a minimal cost to all pre-conference and post-conference events, based on a minimum number of participants.

Registration Form:

You can contact Registration Chairperson Millie Hursin at if you'd like a complete registration packet and registration form.  If you have Microsoft Word, you can download a registration form now.

MichCODA Executive Board:

Conference Chairperson Diana McKitrick
Hotel Chairperson
Hotel Co-Chairperson
Julie Miron
Betty Miller
Registration Chairperson Millie Hursin
Entertainment/Auction Chairperson Cindy Blackman
Treasurer Chairperson Nancy McKenzie
Workshops/Breakout Chairperson Joni Harvie
Pre/Post-Conference Chairperson Laura Jones
Yearbook/Program Chair Brenda Warwick
Hospital(ity) Chairperson Val Tyler-Clark
Interpreter Chairperson Becky Stuckless-Blake

2000 Conference


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