Indiana Transition Conference

Event Date: March 19, 2018

Play Deafverse: Choose your Future, Lauren Kinast; March 19, 2018

Presentation Summary: This session is an introduction to NDC’s new interactive online game for deaf youth. Deafverse is a digital-based game that allows players a safe space to test their choices and help them understand the impact of their decisions. This session will introduce deaf youth to the self-paced online game and how they can strengthen their self-advocacy skills.

Recommended Resources for Students: ADA VideoSelf Advocacy – The BasicsSelf Advocacy Skills and Transition Planning for Deaf Students, DeafVerse- Choose Your FutureSetting High Expectations and Fostering Self-Advocacy Skills Among Deaf Youth for Parents and Professionals, Lauren Kinast; March 19, 2018

Presentation Summary: Deaf youth face many barriers and challenges as they move from high school into college, training programs, and the workplace. Parents, teachers and other professionals make a significant contribution to the expectations and beliefs of a young deaf individual’s abilities and future attainment. This workshop will provide parents and professionals with some strategies to foster high expectations and self-advocacy skills within deaf youth, both of which have a considerable impact on their educational outcomes and future employment goals.

Recommended Resources for Parents: Self Advocacy – The BasicsResearch Summarized: Promoting High Expectations for SuccessEffects of Parent Expectations and Parent Involvement in Post-School Outcomes for Deaf Individuals

Recommended Resources for Professionals: Professional Preparedness and Perspectives on Transition for Deaf IndividualsSelf Advocacy Skills and Transition Planning for Deaf Students,, Role Models as Facilitators of Social Capital for Deaf Individuals: A Research Synthesis


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Lore Kinast, EdD

Dr. Lore Kinast is a change agent working to address accessibility barriers that deaf students face in higher education settings. Her interest in education and...

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