TIME:  · 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CT; · 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

Because of delayed language skills and fewer opportunities for incidental learning, social skills don’t just happen for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Even mild or temporary hearing loss can delay the development of social skills. Ways of approaching socialization and social skills training will be discussed. Thoughts for achieving social inclusion in a variety of settings are offered, including community activities, school activities, peer groups, recreation opportunities, etc. The value of a mentor or role model who is deaf or hard of hearing is discussed. The presenter’s daughter is now in college. Personal accounts of socialization successes and struggles are included in this session.

Learning Objectives:
· Attendees will learn what socialization challenges are faced by children who are DHH
· Attendees will gain an understanding that socialization modeling starts at a very early age
· Professionals will leave with ideas to help parents work on socialization skills from the start.

PRESENTER:  Andrea Marwah received her BA degree in Psychology from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. Since her daughter was diagnosed with hearing loss in 2002, she has taken a special interest in educating parents and professionals on matters concerning ADA, IDEA, and advocacy for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Andrea presents both nationally on matters pertaining to advocacy and IDEA; deafness/hearing loss when combined with other disabilities; the impact of deafness/hearing loss; and many topics surrounding parenting and working with children who are deaf and hard of hearing. She works for the Illinois School for the Deaf as an outreach trainer and consultant for families and professionals who work with children who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired or deaf-blind. Andrea began her Presidency at Illinois Hands & Voices in 2010 and is a national trainer for the Hands & Voices.

WHERE:  Adobe Connect- to register click:
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Live captioning will be provided

This webinar will be recorded and posted online at about a week after the webinar. There are no CEU’s offered for the webinar.

If you have questions about this webinar, please contact Mandy Jay. For technical assistance during the webinar, please contact Daniel Ladner.


SE DeafBlind Webinar Series
Tuesdays and Thursdays
(ASL Interpreting, Captioning & Spanish Interpreting Provided)
Sponsored by the Southeast State DeafBlind Projects

TIME:  1:30PM CST; 2:30PM EST

Unlike a deaf or hard of hearing child, the deafblind child’s vision loss interferes with the ability to visually identify sound sources and learn about them incidentally. As a result, students with deafblindness need extensive training from infancy to transition age to learn to detect, discriminate and identity environmental sounds.  Since access to environmental sounds is critical, even for infants and toddlers, it is important that personal amplification does not eliminate these sounds. This creates a dilemma for the fitting audiologist whose primary goal is typically to amplify speech and eliminate or reduce environmental sounds.  A collaboration between the COMS, Audiologist, and the Teacher of Deaf and the Hard of Hearing is essential to ensure the child with deafblindness has access to these important environmental sounds that aid in orientation and safe travel. This session will provide tools to help with this unique collaboration.

PRESENTERS:  Robbie Blaha and Chris Tabb

Please Register by NOON EASTERN day of Presentation 



This conference is for parents, caregivers and professionals that have a child or young adult with deafblindness.

June 9th Preconference:  9am – 3pm Gwyn McCormack
June 9th 4pm – 6pm:  Registration for Conference
June 9th 6:00pm – 8:30pm:  Conference Begins with Dinner & Parent Panel


Interveners – Beth Kennedy/Panel

Cortical Vision Impairment (CVI) Part 1 and 2 - Chris Russell

Regular Opportunities to Understand and Target Identified Needs in Everyday Scenarios – Tanni Anthony, Ph.D

Opportunities for Quality Movement for Individuals with DeafBlindness - Beth Foster, Ph.D

Positive Touch Access for DeafBlind Young Learners - Susie Morrow

How we all Learn/Communication - Mark Campano


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My journey to Self-Advocacy and Becoming Interdependent. Join us for our story!

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Join us to hear our story! From birth to the adult world! Usher diagnosis, independence, school, VR, hello baby, Lucy dog, and work!!!

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Imagine hearing your child can't, can't, can't. This family proved that their child CAN and DID. Join us to hear one family's story about how they were able to navigate the special education system, and have a successful transition for their young adult, in this presentation from birth to overtime. Sponsor: Cheri Dowling

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The purpose of SERID Inc. shall be to hold an annual conference. State Coordinators for the Deaf in the Southeastern United States are responsible for the coordination of the conferences. The target audience includes health professionals, employers, consumers, educators, and other persons interested in issues affecting individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and/or late-deafened; and to further knowledge concerning these issues through publications, studies, and educational programs.

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Theme: "50 and Fabulous: SERID through the Years: The Future is Now"

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Hotel Information:  Hilton Knoxville


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Interpreters:  Apply Now

Volunteers: Now


Renowned Deaf storyteller, Peter Cook, will be performing as part of the annual Tennessee Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Conference being held at East Tennessee State University.  The performance of Southern Buffet Cookin' Up Stories in American Sign Language will begin at 7:00 pm at the Martha Culp Auditorium on the ETSU campus. His performance will be voice interpreted for the hearing. Admission is free; donations are accepted.


Statewide Meeting

Presented with Kara Sweet, Dept. of Justice, Middle District of Tennessee

Interpreting and CART provided.

This event is part of an initiative to increase equal access and the quality of services for our D/deaf, Deaf-Blind and hard of hearing communities in hospitals.

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