Schedule of Events

10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Exhibit booths open in main Commons
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Workshop:  Mental Health 101  =  .6 CEUs applied
Presented by: Steve Hamerdinger, Mental Health Interpreting Institute, Alabama;
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids - Kindergarten Ready! (LEAD-K AZ)
Presented by Daisy Cartwright

All children are born ready to learn. However, many deaf and hard of hearing children are deprived of early language development and then they are not kindergarten ready. Research has shown that when deaf and hard of hearing children are exposed to a rich visual language environment such as American Sign Language, they are provided for the foundation for a first language and school readiness.

The goals of the LEAD-K national movement is (1) to raise the awareness and understanding of the general public, parents, and educators of the D/Hh child's experience in language learning, the role of visual learning for a Deaf child, and how that impacts their academic success; and (2) to work with other partners to change public policy related to the education of Deaf children with bilingualism (ASL and English) as the goal.

Daisy Cartwright is on the board of Arizona Association of the Deaf and she works with the sub-committee of LEAD-K Arizona. She works for Arizona Schools for the Deaf and the Blind as a substitute teacher, ASL teacher, and family mentor. She comes from 5 generations of Deaf family members.
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
”Deaf Mentor Program and Communities: Providing support from birth - 3 and Beyond”
Presented by Stacy Abrams, Deaf Mentor Program Coordinator, Arizona Schools for the Deaf and Blind
The presentation will discuss the importance of connecting to deaf mentors (adults) to families and how families can from learn from different deaf adults. Learning from deaf adults can support families in understanding their deaf child, and the deaf child’s rights and how the family can ensure that the deaf child will have access to language, culture, and communication at the home. Information about the deaf mentor program with ASDB, and how the program can support families will be discussed. Resources and connections to different community programs will also be discussed and how the collaboration can support families on their lifelong journey of raising a successful deaf child.
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Panel of Deaf Adults
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm   Main Stage
#whyisign: A Hub for Families, Deaf Narratives and the Community
Stacy Abrams, Founder #whyisign

#whyisign has gone viral! Originally, the purpose of the page was for hearing families who have decided to also use signing with their deaf children to share their experiences & stories about why they learned to sign. However, the purpose has broadened. It has become a place where the deaf community can share their experiences & stories too. Narratives from the deaf community have become important. Hearing families can learn from the stories and see how they can raise their deaf children successfully through signing too.  Deaf children can also look up to the deaf adults as role models. You have the deaf community on on hand, the hearing families on the other hand, and professionals, students, citizens and others who all come together because they are linked by a common thread; deaf children & signing. Different videos of #whyisign will be shared.
Magic Show 7:00 pm  (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Magic Matt Morgan and Iliana
Location: Coconino High School Main Auditorium


Location: Health Choice Integrated Care, 1300 South Yale Street, Flagstaff, Arizona
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Workshop:  Secondary Trauma Stress  =  .6 CEUs applied
Presenter: Steve Hamerdinger, Mental Health Interpreting Institute, Alabama    www.mhit.orga


Location: Health Choice Integrated Care, 1300 South Yale Street, Flagstaff, Arizona
Providers training.  More information coming soon.
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