Change through Dialog: Improving Postsecondary Outcomes for Deaf Individuals Together, Lauren Kinast, Erika Shadburne; November 14-16, 2018

Presentation Summary: This interactive presentation by the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC) will provide an overview of educational and employment outcomes for deaf individuals across the nation. This session will offer an opportunity for educators and professionals working with deaf individuals, to engage in a conversation about what is happening related to postsecondary success for deaf students in their community. This session will focus on discussing important questions about what is happening in your communities. Participants will engage in group discussions, exchange information among colleagues, and obtain resources and suggestions on how to put research findings to practice in their own contexts. We believe that change can only happen if everyone is involved. The input of diverse perspectives is essential to moving the needle in the direction of positive outcomes.

Recommended Resources: Deaf People and Educational Attainment in the United States: 2017, Deaf People and Employment in the United States: 2016, Root Causes of Gaps in Postsecondary Outcomes of Deaf Individuals

Raising the Bar: High Expectations and Self Determination as Keys to Positive Postsecondary Outcomes , Lauren Kinast, Erika Shadburne

Presentation Summary: Deaf individuals’ expectations about their abilities and future attainment do not develop in a vacuum; teachers, parents, and other professionals make a significant contribution to how those expectations and beliefs are formed (Cawthon et al., 2015b; Crowe et al., 2016; Smith, 2013). This workshop will explore the role families, educators and other professionals have in setting expectations and fostering self-determination. The presenters will lead a group discussion on fostering independence, increase opportunities for self-advocacy, foster development skills necessary to thrive in both education and employment settings. Participants will be obtain resources that can be implemented in their current settings to encourage the development of self determination.

Recommended Resources: Self-Advocacy: The Basics (Infographic), Research Summarized! Promoting High Expectations for Success


Lore Kinast

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Lore Kinast previously worked at public state universities and community colleges coordinating interpreting, captioning, and accommodations for deaf students to access their education.  Along with the 15+ years of experience coordinating services, she has served on several advisory committees or as a board member for various organizations supporting the provision of access and services for deaf individuals.  Prior to working in the postsecondary education sector, she worked as an employment development specialist for deaf individuals providing job coaching, employment skills training, and awareness and consultation to employers.  Lauren received her master’s degree from California State University, Northridge in Educational Administration and is currently pursuing her doctorate degree at Texas Tech University in Higher Education Leadership with an emphasis on serving deaf students.