Title: ''Vibrations: The Music and Art of Visual Self Expression with our Deaf/HoH Children''
Track: 3-Early Intervention and Beyond
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Keyword(s): Whole Child/Diversity: Letting the Child Lead
Learning Objectives: discover how the Deaf/Hearing team taught and empowered a group of DHH children of all hearing levels and communication experiences in creating and providing music and poetry in American Sign Language, and then acquiring the tools on how they brought the best in each unique individual DHH children together. This visual entertainment and story will spark the participants to think bigger in building connections amongst all DHH children.


With an increasing emphasis on 'how the DHH children can learn and grow and be wholesome' beyond the EHDI, we dream that all Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children have the opportunities to be together, learn from each other and grow together. In this specific presentation, the Deaf/Hearing team will describe their vision of empowering the young children in expressing themselves through music, skits, and poetry via American Sign Language. What's unique about these children is that they are very diverse in their hearing levels, educational background, family dynamics/home lives, and communication/language use. The participants will view video clips and actual stories of the 'learning processes' within each of the students as they become ambassadors in bringing diverse people closer together. It's a form of 'presentainment' you will enjoy.
Presentation(s): Not Available
Handouts: Not Available
Debbie Fetzer - Indiana School for the Deaf
     Credentials: M.A. Deaf Education and Elementary Education
      I am a Deaf woman with a hearing husband and 2 Deaf children; graduated from Gallaudet University with a BA in Psychology and Education; have a Masters in Deaf Education specializing in Elementary Education; worked in school settings for 20+ years with supervisory roles in most of career; currently employed as the Professional Development Coordinator at Indiana Deaf School; very involved in theatre for 30+ years as a personal interest since being a young child; directed a number of school plays and theater events since college; co-founder of Talkin' Hands, a visual musical touring group (years 1981-85)and performed at the 1985 Deaf Olympics in Los Angeles; and currently am the director of Vibrations, a newly formed visual music performing arts touring troupe at the Indiana Deaf School.
Andrew Rork - Indiana School for the Deaf
      Andrew Rork, CI/CT, is a staff interpreter at the Indiana School for the Deaf and the Technical Director of Vibrations. He has been an interpreter for over 20 years and is a native user of American Sign Language. Andrew is a former Assistant Director of Deaf Community Services of Indianapolis and Coordinator of DeafLink in Fort Wayne. He attended Ball State University and Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis (IUPUI) majoring in telecommunications. His past presentations have included workshops on interpreting for a case conference and self-advocacy for high school students. Andrew has been with Vibrations since it began, which allows him to share his love and appreciation of music with deaf and hard-of-hearing students at the Indiana School for the Deaf.