Indiana Transition Conference

Play Deafverse: Choose your Future, Lauren Kinast; March 19, 2018

Presentation Summary: This session is an introduction to NDC’s new interactive online game for deaf youth. Deafverse is a digital-based game that allows players a safe space to test their choices and help them understand the impact of their decisions. This session will introduce deaf youth to the self-paced online game and how they can strengthen their self-advocacy skills.


Recommended Resources for Students: ADA Video, Self Advocacy - The Basics, Self Advocacy Skills and Transition Planning for Deaf Students, DeafVerse- Choose Your Future

Setting High Expectations and Fostering Self-Advocacy Skills Among Deaf Youth for Parents and Professionals, Lauren Kinast; March 19, 2018

Presentation Summary: Deaf youth face many barriers and challenges as they move from high school into college, training programs, and the workplace. Parents, teachers and other professionals make a significant contribution to the expectations and beliefs of a young deaf individual’s abilities and future attainment. This workshop will provide parents and professionals with some strategies to foster high expectations and self-advocacy skills within deaf youth, both of which have a considerable impact on their educational outcomes and future employment goals.


Recommended Resources for Parents: Self Advocacy - The Basics, Research Summarized: Promoting High Expectations for Success, Effects of Parent Expectations and Parent Involvement in Post-School Outcomes for Deaf Individuals
Recommended Resources for Professionals: Professional Preparedness and Perspectives on Transition for Deaf Individuals, Self Advocacy Skills and Transition Planning for Deaf Students,, Role Models as Facilitators of Social Capital for Deaf Individuals: A Research Synthesis

Lore Kinast, EdD

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Dr. Lore Kinast is a change agent working to address accessibility barriers that deaf students face in higher education settings. Her interest in education and employment access for deaf people initially began when she worked as an employment development specialist and experienced the struggles her deaf clients endured with finding a job. It was further propelled while managing programs and coordinating services including interpreting, captioning, and other accommodations for deaf students at several colleges. She has spent over 25 years collaborating with stakeholders on all levels, designing accessible opportunities using short and long term goals, implementing systemic benchmarks, and spearheading program development projects. Currently, Lore is the Co-Chair for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Knowledge and Practice Community with the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD). She received her master’s degree from California State University, Northridge in Educational Administration, and an EdD in Higher Education Administration from Texas Tech University.