Marie-Josée Taillefer and Rosalie Taillefer-Simard

Talk: Taillefer et fille — Relever un défi

Marie-Josée Taillefer, a well-known figure in Quebec’s cultural scene, has become an ambassador for various causes related to hearing health and communication. The mother of two children born with deafness, she’s ideally suited to speak to the importance of audiologists and speech-language pathologists in situations where a family is living with the challenges, joys and possibilities that deafness can bring.

Her experience with communication disability began over 30 years ago when her children, Olivier and Rosalie, were born with deafness. This news was a turning point in her life, pushing her to get involved in a long process to ensure her children’s well-being. Today, Olivier and Rosalie live full lives as adults and parents!

Before that happened, Marie-Josée and her family met with many health-care and communication specialists, including audiologists and speech-language pathologists. This experience made her aware of the value of each person’s work and the impact of each action. Through all these shared efforts, it’s possible to change lives!

Her children’s lives were changed by the decision to opt for cochlear implants to help make up for hearing loss and its effects on the development of their communication skills. Motivated by this experience, Marie-Josée became involved in making future parents, grandparents and even children aware of the importance of having good communication skills in daily life and of recognizing the signs and effects of untreated communication disability.

Marie-Josée Taillefer and her daughter, Rosalie Taillefer-Simard, will share the stage as part of this very special event. This lively mother-daughter duo, always looking for new challenges, will give a talk both amusing and touching.
In Taillefer et fille — Relever un défi, Marie-Josée and Rosalie address their daily challenges with humour and sensitivity. Focusing on the steps they had to go through following Rosalie’s and her brother Olivier’s deafness diagnoses, this talk is full of hope. With their energy, the two women deliver an inspiring message.

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Date and time
May 7, 2024
4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Format and location
In person
200 Lees (LEE), room 142
General public
Organized by
Faculty of Health Sciences