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Webinar Archive III

Recorded March 1, 2016

Program Description:

"Literacy with Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing"

Description:

During this webinar Linda Koehler and Donna Casavant discussed the unique considerations regarding literacy development for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

 

Participants will be able to:
1) Identify elements of successful literacy programs for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
2) Describe ways of adapting existing curricula for the needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

 

About the Presenters:

Linda Koehler received her Master's degree in Deaf Education from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. For the first five years of her career, she taught second grade. She later worked as Teacher of the Deaf in public schools for 14 years, teaching students from kindergarten through high school. She has been a Public School Outreach Consultant for MECDHH for the past five years.

 

Donna Casavant received her Master's degree in Deaf Education from Smith College and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Special Education: Early Intervention from the University of Maine. She has worked as a Teacher of the Deaf in residential and mainstream settings, as a Chemistry and World Language teacher in public schools, and as an Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Therapist. This is her third year as a Public School Outreach Consultant for MECDHH.

Who should attend:

This webinar is designed for all family and school staff members of students who are deaf or hard of hearing in early to middle levels of literacy development. Participants may include parents, classroom teachers, preschool teachers, administrators, speech language pathologists and clinicians, literacy specialists, and educational technicians.

Viewing Instructions and Resources

Here is the link to the archived video/audio of this webinar. Certificates of Attendance are not available for persons viewing the archive.

Below are the links to resources which you may download/print out (requires plugin). Note: The file containing the actual PowerPoint slides are not accessible to assistive technology.

Resources

Powerpoint Slides

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Recorded January 12, 2016

Program Description:

"Classroom Access: A Contiuum of Technology for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing"

Description:

During this webinar: Donna Casavant and Polly Earl gave a very brief overview of the principles of Universal Design for Learning before sharing technology available to help students access instruction in the educational setting. They showed examples of some commonly used technology, equipment, software, apps, and online-tools and identify how they benefit students who are deaf and hard of hearing and their classmates.

Participants will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of incorporating the basic principles of Universal Design for Learning to maximize access in learning situations for students who are hard of hearing or deaf.
  • Identify and describe to a colleague 5 examples of technology that can be used for maximizing access with students who are hard of hearing or deaf.

About the Presenters

Donna Casavant received her Master's degree in Deaf Education from Smith College and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Special Education: Early Intervention from the University of Maine.  She has worked as a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in residential and mainstream settings, as a Chemistry and World Language teacher in public schools, and as an Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Service Provider.  This is her third year as a Public School Outreach Consultant for MECDHH.


Polly Earl received her Master's degree in Deaf Education from Texas Woman's University and a Doctorate in Special Education: Deaf Education from the University of Cincinnati.  She has worked as a Speech/Language Pathologist in public schools in Maine, Hawaii, and Texas and at Governor Baxter School. She has enjoyed working with Early Intervention and Public School populations for the past 20 years as an Outreach consultant at MECDHH.

Who Should Attend?

This webinar is designed for all family and school staff members who work with students who are hard of hearing or deaf including parents, administrators, teachers, educational technicians and occupational/physical/speech therapists.

Viewing Instructions and Resources

Here is the link to the archived video/audio of this webinar. Certificates of Attendance are not available for persons viewing the archive.

Below are the links to resources which you may download/print out (requires plugin). Note: The file containing the actual PowerPoint slides are not accessible to assistive technology.

Resources

Powerpoint Slides

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Recorded November 10, 2015

Program Description:

"Postsecondary Transition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students"

Description:

During this webinar, participants were provided with information about postsecondary transition for Deaf and hard of hearing students. Educators are now being expected to provide a high school education that is guided by goals for students’ future employment, education, and independent living needs. The webinar will include a discussion on special considerations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing, specific recommendations, and a list of resources for students, families, and professionals who are supporting students through the transition process.

MECDHH and collaborating agencies are involved with the national “Building State Capacity” initiative with pepnet 2. There will be a preview of the “Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students’ Guide to Transition” that is currently being developed by our Maine Summit Team. More information on this project can be found at http://www.pepnet.org/summit

About the Presenters

Conrad Strack was born hard of hearing and slowly become deaf by age 18. He grew up mainstreamed, received his B.S. in Economics from Western Oregon State University and his M.S. Ed in Deaf Education from University of Rochester. After a few years teaching at Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind he has been with MECDHH for 25 years in various capacities, with the last 10 years as a public school outreach consultant specializing in transition. One of his current projects is working with the state of Maine pepnet 2 team that is developing transition guidelines for Deaf and hard of hearing students.

Shana Kelley-Cohen, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker who has been working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community for over 15 years. She has her Bachelors degree in Psychology and Communication Disorders from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her Masters degree in Social Work with a Specialization in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Populations from Gallaudet University. Shana worked for 10 years as a counselor with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children, adolescents, adults, and their families in Maine. She also worked in the public school sys-tem for several years. Shana is currently working as the Transition Strategist with Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing students at Portland High School and as the Behavior Strategist for MECDHH Programs. Shana is a member of the Maine Summit Team

Who Should Attend?

Middle School and High School students who are deaf and hard of hearing, parents, teachers, case managers, VR counselors, guidance counselors and any professionals working with middle school and high school students who are deaf and hard of hearing

Viewing Instructions and Resources

Here is the link to the archived video/audio of this webinar. Certificates of Attendance are not available for persons viewing the archive.

Below are the links to resources which you may download/print out (requires plugin). Note: The file containing the actual PowerPoint slides are not accessible to assistive technology.

Resources

Powerpoint Slides

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Recorded Sept 29, 2015

Program Description:

"A Continuum of Communication: Bimodal Bilingualism"

Description:

During this webinar participants were provided with information relating to bimodal bilingualism as a communication opportunity. Answers to  questions were discussed regarding what bimodal bilingualism is, what is needed for effective outcomes using bilingual-bimodal communication, who uses this type of communication and what are some of the best ways to support children and families choosing this type of communication.

About the Presenters

Cathy Lushman has an undergraduate degree in Deaf education from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, and a Master's degree in Deaf Education from Western Maryland College. She has worked at schools for the deaf in several states, specializing in early childhood and elementary education. She has worked for MECDHH for over 19 years as teacher of the Deaf for children ages 3 through 5 and their families.

Cathy Glover has an undergraduate degree in Deaf education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Master's degree in Deaf Education from Boston University. She has worked at schools for the deaf in several states, specializing in early childhood education. She has worked for MECDHH for over 10 years as an Early Intervention Specialist /Teacher of the Deaf for deaf and hard of hearing children birth through age 5 and their families.

Who Should Attend?

The target audience for this webinar includes parents, families, caregivers, Child Development Services (CDS) staff, early interventionists, audiologist, pediatricians, speech-language pathologists, teachers and anyone else working with families or caregivers of a child with differing hearing levels.

Viewing Instructions and Resources

Here is the link to the archived video/audio of this webinar. Certificates of Attendance are not available for persons viewing the archive.

Below are the links to resources which you may download/print out (requires plugin). Note: The file containing the actual PowerPoint slides are not accessible to assistive technology.

Resources

Powerpoint Slides

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Recorded March 10, 2015

Program Description:

"Be the Boss of Your Hearing Loss: Developing Advocacy Skills In Children Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing"

Description:

Beginning at a young age, a student’s ability to advocate for their listening and communication needs plays a key role in their academic and social growth and success,.  Advocacy is a life long process! Guidance from professionals, family members and role models who are deaf and hard of hearing themselves all can support the development of these skills.   This webinar explores what advocacy means for students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing and what roles we all play in that process.

About the Presenters

Maura Heffernan received an undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders from University of Massachusetts from and a Master's degree in Deaf Education from Boston University. She began her career working at schools for the deaf.   More recently she has spent several years as a teacher of the deaf in public schools in southern Maine supporting mainstream programs for students who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Tobin Hagelin received a Master’s degree in Deaf Education from NYU.  Her 27 years of diverse work experience includes working in self-contained classrooms at schools for the deaf and pubic school mainstream programs with additional expertise in providing sign language instruction and early intervention services.

Maura and Tobin are both currently working as a public school outreach consultants at MECDHH supporting students who are deaf and hard of hearing and the staff who work with them in public schools throughout southern Maine.

Who Should Attend?

Parents, family members, CDS workers, teachers, educational technicians, interpreters, CLTs, SLPs, guidance counselors, social workers and any professional currently working with students who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Viewing Instructions and Resources

Here is the link to the archived video/audio of this webinar. Certificates of Attendance are not available for persons viewing the archive.

Below are the links to resources which you may download/print out (requires plugin). Note: The file containing the actual PowerPoint slides are not accessible to assistive technology.

Resources

Powerpoint Slides

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Recorded April 14, 2015

Program Description:

"A Continuum of Communication: Cued Speech"

Description:

During this webinar, participants were provided with information related to Cued Speech. Answers to questions related to what Cued Speech is, what is needed for effective outcomes using Cued Speech, who uses this type of communication and what are some of the best ways to support children and families choosing this type of communication.

About the Presenters

Cathy Glover has an undergraduate degree in Deaf education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Master's degree in Deaf Education from Boston University. She has worked at schools for the deaf in several states, specializing in early childhood education. She has worked for MECDHH for over 10 years as an Early Intervention Specialist /Teacher of the Deaf for deaf and hard of hearing children birth through age 5 and their families.

Amy Spencer is a speech language pathologist and early intervention specialist. She has her masters degree from the University of New Hampshire and completed the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers, and Families: Collaboration and Leadership Certificate Program through Gallaudet University. Amy has worked in early intervention for the past 10 years and currently works at MECDHH as an Early Intervention Specialist/ SLP for deaf and hard of hearing children birth- age 5 and their families.

Who Should Attend?

The target audience for this webinar includes parents, families, caregivers, Child Development Services (CDS) staff, early interventionists, audiologist, pediatricians, speech-language pathologists, Deaf mentors, teachers and anyone else working with families or caregivers of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing.

Viewing Instructions and Resources

Here is the link to the archived video/audio of this webinar. Certificates of Attendance are not available for persons viewing the archive.

Below are the links to resources which you may download/print out (requires plugin). Note: The file containing the actual PowerPoint slides are not accessible to assistive technology.

Resources

Powerpoint Slides

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Recorded May 26, 2015

Program Description:

"A Continuum of Communication: Manually Coded English Systems"

Description:

During this webinar, we discussed the history and function of Manually Coded English systems. A variety of different signing systems will be reviewed. We covered the differences between American Sign Language (ASL), and other signing systems, and how they can be used in conjunction with spoken English to provide a simultaneous visual and auditory language model.

About the Presenters

Cathy Glover has an undergraduate degree in Deaf education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Master's degree in Deaf Education from Boston University. She has worked at schools for the deaf in several states, specializing in early childhood education. She has worked for MECDHH for over 10 years as an Early Intervention Specialist /Teacher of the Deaf for deaf and hard of hearing children birth through age 5 and their families.

Amy Spencer is a speech language pathologist and early intervention specialist. She has her masters degree from the University of New Hampshire and completed the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers, and Families: Collaboration and Leadership Certificate Program through Gallaudet University. Amy has worked in early intervention for the past 10 years and currently works at MECDHH as an Early Intervention Specialist/ SLP for deaf and hard of hearing children birth- age 5 and their families.

Who Should Attend?

The target audience for this webinar includes parents, families, caregivers, Child Development Services (CDS) staff, early interventionists, audiologist, pediatricians, speech-language pathologists, Deaf mentors, teachers and anyone else working with families or caregivers of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing.

Viewing Instructions and Resources

Here is the link to the archived video/audio of this webinar. Certificates of Attendance are not available for persons viewing the archive.

Below are the links to resources which you may download/print out (requires plugin). Note: The file containing the actual PowerPoint slides are not accessible to assistive technology.

Resources

Powerpoint Slides