Professional Development


Presented by: Pam Wilson, NIC | 0.2 PS CEUs

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will select behaviors and choices that are indicative of a professional interpreter.
  • Participants will identify what groups are impacted by the choices and behaviors of an interpreter.
  • Participants will develop strategies for minimizing assignment surprises.
  • Participants will evaluate the importance of supporting versus competing with their teammates.

Target Audience: Novice and experienced interpreters and community members.

Registration Required:

To arrange for accommodations, please contact Pam Wilson at 901.701.6800 or This event upholds nondiscriminatory practices and encourages a learning environment of mutual respect and free from bias. CEUs on the Go! is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. This PS program is offered for 0.2 CEUs each at the Some Content Knowledge Level. RID activity # 0016.0422.02


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


To register, please click the following link:




Topic: Bimodal Bilingualism - Natalie's Story

Contact/Information for ZOOM ---> REGISTER MEETING LINK


This is a learning opportunity provided by TSD Outreach Servcies for families with children identified with hearing loss/hearing concerns and professionals who serve them.

Mary Harman is a Deaf Latina disability rights expert and activist. Mary is currently a Senior Associate at Dendros Group, LLC and owns a consulting company, which provides expertise in areas including civil rigts, commuication access and equity, and intersectional advocacy. Her career includes experience in public service, legislative affairs, and the private and nonprofit sectors. Highlights include her work in the Hawaii State Senate to enact landmark legislation requiring open captioned showings at movie theaters in the state and serving on the Disability Policy Committee for the Biden-Harris Campaign.


This is a learning opportunity provided by TSD Outreach Servcies for families with children identified with hearing loss/hearing concerns and professionals who serve them. Each gathering has information that is relevant to families with a deaf/HH/Deafblind child. Danna Conn and Suzanne Dinwiddie of teh Deafblind Project will be the speakers.


This is a learning opportunity provided by TSD Outreach Servcies for families with children identified with hearing loss/hearing concerns and professionals who serve them. Each gathering has information that is relevant to families with a deaf/HH/Deafblind child. Tonya Bowman from Family Voices wil be the speaker.


This is a learning opportunity provided by TSD Outreach Servcies for families with children identified with hearing loss/hearing concerns and professionals who serve them. We will view a video and discuss.


Presented by:  Amy Szarkowski, Beth Jones and Jennifer Clark.


Fostering Joy brings together family members and professionals with the shared aim of finding, promoting, and celebrating “the joy in the journey” among families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH), including children who are deaf with disabilities (DWD). This presentation, conducted jointly by a parent leader and two professionals, will address why it can be difficult for service providers to broach the topic of “joy” with families and some strategies for doing so. It will highlight some of the science of joy and associated states, such as gratitude and mindfulness, as well as discuss why a “focus on joy” is beneficial for families and the professionals who work with them. Further, the presentation will provide suggestions for supporting families in finding and cultivating joy in their everyday experiences, even – or perhaps especially - during challenging times.

As we strive to further grow an inclusive and inviting movement for all who are privileged to work with and know children who are DHH or DWD and their families, we invite you to join the Fostering Joy movement. All it takes is desire to ‘be mindful of being joyful’ and to ‘spread the word’ about the importance of fostering joy in whatever way works for you. Additional information will be provided for any family member or professional who wishes to delve deeper into this topic and engage more directly.

Learning Objectives:

· List at least two science-based benefits of focusing on and experiencing joy.

· Identify two strategies for discussing joy with families, whether as a professional or a parent leader.

· Describe two or more “implementable actions” to engage more fully with the Fostering Joy movement.


Amy Szarkowski is a psychologist who is passionate about working with and supporting children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families. She obtained two bachelor’s degrees - in Psychology and a Health Promotion/Fitness Management - from Southern Oregon University. At Eastern Kentucky University, Szarkowski earned a master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology along with a Post-Graduate certificate in Providing Mental Health Services to Deaf/Hard of Hearing Persons. She earned master’s degrees in both Developmental Psychology and Administration & Supervision at Gallaudet University, as well as a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Szarkowski is a Director of The Institute and The Clinic at the Children’s Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf (CCCBSD), LEND faculty at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Beth Jones is Executive Director for Nevada Hands & Voices, as well as serving as the Guide By Your Side Coordinator and an Educational Advocate for the ASTra Program. Prior to beginning a family, Beth earned her Master's degree in Special Education and worked as an Autism Teacher and Behavior Mentor Teacher. Beth became involved with Hands & Voices when two of her three children were identified as being deaf/hard of hearing, and has been a part of Nevada Hands & Voices since 2012. She serves on many state-wide and national committees, teams, and advisory boards as a parent leader to help advocate and support children who are deaf/hard of hearing.

Jennifer Clark, Early Childhood Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialist, Hawaii Jennifer Clark received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders and Deaf Studies: Sign Language Interpreting, from California State University, Fresno and her Master’s Degree from Gallaudet University in Deaf Education: Family Centered Early Education. Jennifer worked with D/HH/DB children (birth-3) as the Early Intervention Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialist for the Hawaii Department of Health from 2010-2021.

Amy, Beth, and Jennifer are proud members of Core Team of Fostering Joy.

Webinar start times (by time zone)

· 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PT

· 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm MT

· 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CT

This webinar platform will be via a Zoom link. Once you have registered for the webinar, a Zoom link will be emailed to you. Please make sure the Zoom account you will be using is up to date. More information on how to update your account can be found here: Updating Zoom

Live captioning will also 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.

This webinar is being provided by the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention, National Technical Resource Center (EHDI NTRC) housed within the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management at Utah State University. The work of the NTRC is funded in part by a cooperative agreement (U52MC04391) from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at the United States Department of Health and Human Services.


Virtual Presentation with Lily Slavin

Doctoral Student at CMU with the CHARGE Syndrome Research Lab

This presentation will provide an overview of the educational experiences of students with CHARGE, including common special education eligibilities, programming, and services received. This presentation will discuss the 5 main domains of educational impact of CHARGE: medical, sensory, communication, developmental, and behavioral. This presentation will provide an overview of the Educational Checklist, a published tool used to aid in meeting the needs of students with CHARGE at school.



1:30 - 3:00 Central  2:30- 4:00 Eastern


The South Carolina Deaf-Blind Project

The Kentucky Deaf-Blind Project

The Tennesse Deaf- Blind Project



  • Lily Slavin is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the school psychology PhD program at Central Michigan University. She has worked as a member of the CHARGE Syndrome Research Lab with Tim Hartshorne since 2016. Her research focuses on educational needs and supports for students with CHARGE. She has presented her research to several DeafBlind projects and at CHARGE conferences in Germany, Norway, Australia, Florida, Texas, New York, and Cincinnati. Lily is currently completing her pre-doctoral internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute


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The topic for this month's Lunch & Learn is "Deaf Brothers: Using All Communication Tools." All are welcome. Contact Tracy for the Zoom link.