National Black Deaf Advocates


Educational and Employment Data of Black Deaf People in the United States, Carrie Lou Garberoglio, Co-Presenter Laurene E. Simms; August 1, 2019 - 12:45 - 2pm PST

Presentation Summary: We all need data. Data helps guide decision-making, and helps justify why people need services and support. But what happens when data is collected from large groups of deaf people? What if most of these people are white? The successes and struggles that deaf people of color experience can be overlooked. This presentation will review national data for black deaf people and what we know about employment and educational outcomes. How many black deaf people have college degrees? How many black deaf people have jobs? How much do they earn? We will share all of this data, and more.

Recommended Resource: Postsecondary Achievement of Black Deaf People in the United States: 2019

Deafverse: Choose Your Own Adventure Game for Deaf kids, William Albright; August 2, 2019, 2 pm PST

Presentation Summary: Deafverse is a web game designed to strengthen deaf youth’s self-determination skills as they prepare for life after high school that brings feelings of anticipation and uncertainty. The gameplay was inspired by the choose-your-own-adventure genre of storytelling, which offers a safe environment to apply critical thinking skills while engaging in problem-based learning. The poster is intended to promote Deafverse to Deaf youth and adults involved with Deaf youth in a professional capacity (teachers, school/job counselors, etc).


William Albright

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William Albright believes that the point of life is to live without unnecessary struggle. With a software development background, William uses computers to solve problems at scale but is also eager for human solutions. He found this balance in a National Deaf Center approach to postsecondary outcomes: Deafverse, a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure game that teaches Deaf kids basic skills with real-world scenarios, complete with an outreach program and curriculum toolkit that help teachers train students in developing tools to overcome adversity.

Carrie Lou Garberoglio, PhD

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Dr. Carrie Lou Garberoglio is an educational researcher and evaluator. Her research examines deaf individuals’ psychological processes in a variety of contexts: teaching, language learning, computer-mediated communication, and transition from secondary to postsecondary settings. Carrie Lou has authored over 17 scholarly publications, two books, and numerous technical and evaluation reports. As a part of her goal to increase research rigor in work that involves deaf communities, Carrie Lou is the co-editor of Research in Deaf Education: Contexts, Challenges, Considerations, published by Oxford University Press in 2017. She also teaches research methods and statistics coursework at the University of Northern Colorado. As a deaf person who was raised in the deaf community, Carrie Lou is committed to increasing the accessibility of research for deaf audiences, using ASL in video formats to translate and disseminate complex academic content. Carrie Lou holds two master’s degrees, the first in Deaf Education and Deaf Studies from Lamar University, and the second in Program Evaluation from the University of Texas at Austin. She obtained her PhD in Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.