National Black Deaf Advocates Conference

Event Date: August 1, 2019
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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).


This is an image of a man named William Albright. He is standing leaning backward on a tree. He is wearing a thick fleece jacket and also has eyeglass. He has thick curly hair.

William Albright

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...
This is an image of Carrie Lou. The image shows her smiling at the camera. she is formally dressed in black and is wearing eyeglass.

Carrie Lou Bloom, PhD

As a deaf person who grew up in the deaf community, Dr. Carrie Lou Bloom’s professional expertise is steeped in her lived experience. A nationally-recognized...

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