National Deaf Education Conference

Event Date: June 20, 2019
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Visit NDC’s booth and get data on Educational Attainment and Employment Outcomes of deaf people. Get resources created to support deaf people as they transition to college or training after high school.

Fostering Autonomy in the Transition Planning Process, Erika Shadburne & Kent Turner; June 20-22, 2019

Presentation Summary: While High School completion rates for deaf youth are on the rise, deaf youth still face many challenges as they move from high school into college, training programs, and the workplace. Barriers may be based on attitudes, programs or systems resulting in low expectations and limited opportunities in different settings. Being able to work through these barriers starts with expectations and beliefs about a deaf youth’s skills and future achievements. The workshop will look at the role of parents, professionals and community members in setting expectations and finding ways to develop self-advocacy skills in deaf youth. Participants will learn about NDC resources and explore strategies to encourage autonomy in deaf youth at home, school, and in the community.


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Kent Turner

A game designer who aims to level up self-advocacy skills for deaf youth.

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