Title: 'Raising Awareness of the “One Size Does Not Fit All” – The Child First Campaign '
Track: 10 - Policy, Advocacy and Legislative Issues
Keyword(s): reading, literacy skills, strategies, communication, language, family, IEP, early access, assessment, accountability, resources, opportunities.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will learn how our population as low incident with tools on what is effective that is effective, which address the focus of Part B and C.
  2. Participants will learn about early access to language, academic assessment and accountability as well as resources of each special school and/or center-based program has to offer.
  3. Participants will learn advocacy strategies and tools to identify expertise in the IEP teams and the right to license interpreters in educational settings.


Child First is a national campaign to ensure that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) appropriately address the language, communication, and educational needs of deaf/hard-of-hearing children. Child First was developed and is being driven by the national organizations that advocate for the educational rights of deaf/hard-of-hearing children. At the time IDEA, (then Individualized Education for All Handicapped Children Act) was passed in 1975, many children with disabilities were precluded from going to school, either by law or because schools were not equipped to teach them. IDEA changed that by requiring states, local school districts, and schools to provide them with an individualized education. Discussions on how we, as parents/care takers, families, professionals and community, can support that include: • Communication and language is an education and human right • Language deprivation is disabling • All deaf/hard-of-hearing children should have access to all interactions • Hearing parents of deaf/hard-of-hearing children need complete, accurate information of opportunities • Hearing parents of deaf/hard-of-hearing should be aware of multiple pathways to learning and receive resources for family involvement and advocacy • IEP determines LRE • Education progress monitoring and instructions by qualified personnel are essential component to every successful deaf/hard-of-hearing child This workshop will be also be a place for dialogue on low-incidence populations; what is efficient and what is effective; address the focus of Part B and C; strategies on early access to language, academic assessment and accountability; resources and opportunities of each special school and/or center based programs has to offer; as well as advocacy strategies and tools and identifying expertise in the IEP teams and the right to qualified and/or licensed interpreters in educational settings.
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Arlene Gunderson - Primary Presenter
Gallaudet University Regional Center - Southwest
     Credentials: Arlene Garcia Gunderson, M.Ed., and B.S.W
     Other Affiliations: ASLTA Professional Certified/Board Member, Deaf Women United Board Member, State Board of Education Language Other Than English Expert Reviewer/Consultant
      Arlene Garcia Gunderson, M.Ed., B.S.W, a native New York but a Texas resident, is the director of the Gallaudet University Regional Center Southwest and an Adjunct Professor at Austin Community College. Arlene brings years of teaching experience in language, culture, deaf education, interpreter training and human services with experience in the Child Protective Services in Washington, DC and case management in New York City. Having six years of administrative experiences in the education field serving the need in outreach of education for deaf/hard-of-hearing students through advocacy work, community development and networking with professionals, students and hearing parents with deaf/hard-of-hearing children. Arlene also shares passion to bring personal and professional development, leadership and educational programs that address the needs of deaf/hard-of-hearing individuals, their families, communities and professionals working with them across the nation. Arlene is married to a deaf husband and is a mother to four hearing children.

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