Title: 'Reframing 'Deaf''
Track: 7 - Family Perspectives and Support
Keyword(s): Deaf, Culture, Language Variation, Identity
Learning Objectives:
  1. Parents and professionals will define the medical and sociocultural perspectives on deafness
  2. Parents and professionals will list ways to advocate for their child in obtaining information regarding technological uses, such as cochlear implants and hearing aids
  3. Parents and professionals will compare different educational approaches and discuss how these educational programs can be beneficial for their child


This session is for Parents of deaf children and Professionals who work with deaf children to consider alternative ways of viewing 'deaf' in relation to the child. Deaf and Hard of Hearing children are often first thought of as challenged by what the child is or isn't able to hear. Conversely, Deaf and Hard of Hearing adults that see themselves as members of a 'deaf community' may identify as communicating differently than the majority, and view themselves as members of a sub-culture, Deaf Culture. Parents will understand that technological advances does not have to define the medical or sociocultural perspectives on deafness, they just become another layer of identity, and will still be able to function in both deaf and hearing worlds.
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Jennifer Hensley - Primary Presenter,POC
Maricopa Community College District - Phoenix College
     Credentials: Ph.D.
      Jennifer Scarboro Hensley is the Family & Youth Resource Specialist for the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing, providing families of Arizona support and resources focusing on those with deaf and/or hard of hearing children, and also parents whom are deaf and/or hard of hearing seeking familial support. She is personally familiar with the families she supports, as a hearing child of deaf parents. In addition, Jennifer holds a doctorate in Educational Theory and Practice from the University of Georgia and has a strong interest in deaf education, as well as cultural and linguistic identity formation.

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Patrick Graham - Co-Presenter
Western Oregon University
     Credentials: PhD from University of Georgia, MS: Secondary Education, Rochester Institute of Technology, BA: Multidisciplinary Studies, Rochester Institute of Technology. Also certified in K-12 Deaf Education.
      Patrick Graham is an Assistant Professor at Western Oregon University. His dissertation focuses on how Deaf educators use culturally relevant pedagogical strategies to encourage deaf preschool children become embodied members of the Deaf community while attending schools. His main interests lie in comparative and international education, multicultural and multilingual programs for young children and teacher preparation programs. Patrick received his Bachelor’s Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies, with concentrations in History, Psychology, and Deaf Studies, as well as his Masters Degree in Deaf Education from Rochester Institute of Technology. He currently holds certification in K-12 Deaf Education. Patrick previously taught kindergarten at a large urban school for the Deaf, and is passionate about social justice in Deaf Education.

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