Accommodations Considerations in Pre-College and Postsecondary Assessments for Deaf Individuals, Stephanie Cawthon; January 29 - February 2, 2019
Presentation Summary: This session will present information that highlights issues and considerations in the provision of accommodations in pre-college secondary and postsecondary assessments for deaf individuals.
Recommended Resources: Test Accessibility for Deaf Individuals: What Professionals Need to Know, Test Equity Courses 1 & 2
Raising the Bar to Empower Deaf Youth, Kent Turner; January 29 - February 2, 2019
Presentation Summary: This workshop will discuss the impact of high expectations and self-determination on postsecondary outcomes for deaf individuals. Research and evidence-based resources will frame an interactive discussion on empowering deaf youth to choose their future in strengths-based approach framework.
Recommended Resources: Deafverse: Choose Your Future, Self-Advocacy: The Basics (Infographic), Research Summarized! Promoting High Expectations for Success
Dr. Stephanie Cawthon is a leading scholar in the field and has a deep grasp of the fundamental issues that affect postsecondary success for deaf individuals. With bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her training is world class. She examines factors related to deaf individuals and their preparation for postsecondary settings, as well as designing accessible learning environments, effective professional development, and culturally relevant and rigorous research design. She has taught deaf postsecondary students in both face-to-face and online platforms. Her personal experience as a deaf person is integrated into her understanding of what it means to navigate academic and professional contexts. Her Deaf and Hard of Hearing Institute within the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk (MCPER) at The University of Texas at Austin was designed specifically to provide the highest-quality research-to-practice translation and support to professionals and individuals in the field.
Kent Turner brings more than five years of experience in classroom instruction and curriculum design. Gamification, the process of adding game-design elements to school curriculums, is his passion and he wrote his thesis on this approach at University of California, San Diego, where he received his M.A. in Bilingual Education. Wielding a Sword of Learning and Shield of Gaming, Kent’s idea of dungeon-crawling is coordinating NDC’s development of Deafverse, an educational game that allows players to make choices and navigate life as a deaf person. Deafverse continues to grow to this day, with new episodic adventures and a curriculum toolkit. On any given day, you can find Kent tinkering away at the latest innovations in gaming.