16th ANNUAL EARLY HEARING DETECTION & INTERVENTION MEETING
February 26-28, 2017 • Atlanta, GA

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2/28/2017  |   3:45 PM - 4:15 PM   |  Broadening Perspectives: A Collaboration Between Deaf, Inc. and the Moog Center for Deaf Education   |  Regency V

Broadening Perspectives: A Collaboration Between Deaf, Inc. and the Moog Center for Deaf Education

In Fall 2016, the Moog Center, a private oral school in St. Louis, Missouri that teaches children with hearing loss to talk, joined with DEAF, Inc., a non-profit organization that focuses on advocacy and communication access for the deaf community, to pilot a program to broaden perspectives for children with hearing loss and their families. DEAF, Inc. & The Moog Center recognize that choices regarding methodology of deaf education can be divisive and there is a need to collaborate with parents and families along with their children to understand that this does not have to be the case. Through the creation of safe spaces for dialogue, parents have provided feedback indicating that there is a strong interest in understanding the possible contribution of sign language and the deaf community as a part of social identity development in the deaf child’s future as a tool to develop language and social identity. Together, these organizations began offering an after-school program for the school students and their parents in an effort to break down barriers and misconceptions, including sign language, and expose children and their parents to the broader deaf community. The children engage in a variety of activities that are jointly supervised by a staff member of the Moog Center and a young deaf adult who is fluent in spoken language and sign language. The parent program is parent-driven and includes topics and activities suggested and requested by the parents who participate. This presentation will describe for the participants, through lecture and discussion, the collaborative program in which the Moog Center and DEAF, Inc. have engaged. Children’s activities and parent topics and activities to date will be presented, reviewed, and informally analyzed. Parent participant perspective will be provided, as well.

  • 1. At the end of this session, participants will be able to list at least three activities for helping parents understand the perspective of the deaf community.
  • 2. At the end of this session, participants will be able to describe questions and/or misconceptions parents of deaf children who are learning to use spoken language may have regarding the use of sign language in the classroom as an accommodation for accessing the general education curriculum.
  • 3. At the end of this session, participants will be able to state the challenges of raising a child with hearing loss in a bilingual home.

Presentation:
15804_5759ThomasHorejes.pdf

Handouts:
Handout is not Available

Transcripts:
5759.docx


Presenters/Authors

Betsy Moog Brooks (), The Moog Center for Deaf Education, bbrooks@moogcenter.org;
Betsy Moog Brooks is the Executive Director of the Moog Center for Deaf Education, a non-profit private school that teaches children with hearing loss to talk. She recently earned her Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership with an emphasis in Andragogy, the study of adult learners. She received her Master’s degree in Speech and Hearing from Washington University and is certified in Deaf Education, Behavior Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Early Childhood Education and is a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist. She has been has been in the field of early intervention for more than 30 years and continues to provide direct child service and parent support to families with children birth to three.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - Receives Salary for Employment from Moog Center for Deaf Education.   Receives Salary for Employment from Moog Center for Deaf Education.   Receives Salary for Employment from Moog Center for Deaf Education.   Receives Salary for Employment from Moog Center for Deaf Education.  

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.


Thomas Horejes (), Gallaudet University, thomas.horejes@gallaudet.edu;
Dr. Thomas Horejes received his PhD in Justice Studies at Arizona State University and is currently Gallaudet University’s Associate Provost of Student Success & Academic Quality. Prior to his position at Gallaudet, he was former Executive Director of DEAF, Inc.— based in St. Louis—that provides advocacy and interpreting services to the deaf/hard of hearing community. He has numerous publications, including a book entitled, Social Constructions of Deafness: Examining Deaf Languacultures in Education. He is also former professor of sociology at Gallaudet University.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.