Webinar: Exploring Accessibility and Instructional Strategies for Deaf English Language Learners in Postsecondary Programs

Event Date: June 22, 2023
Did you know that 25% of deaf children in the United States are multilingual, with various language and educational backgrounds? Many even have a home language other than English. But that’s not all—approximately 50% of deaf individuals also face additional disabilities that can impact their language learning. In most postsecondary settings, English is the dominant language of instruction. Thus, effective accessibility services and instructional supports need to be considered for optimal opportunities for deaf learners. Instructional practices in many English language learning programs, widely do not often take into account the experiences of deaf learners and their language learning journeys. The result is a less-than-equitable learning experience for deaf learners, increased frustration, and significant time or financial commitments to programs. Join NDC on June 22, 2023 from 1-2pm CT to learn about effective accessibility services and instructional supports specifically tailored to the needs of deaf English language learners. In collaboration with Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS), we will have invited professionals to share strategies and solutions that have been effective in their practice. Whether you’re an educator teaching deaf students the English language at the college level, an advocate involved in adult basic education programs, or a champion for literacy programs offered by organizations, this webinar is tailor-made for you. Discover how to implement instructional strategies and effective accessibility practices that foster inclusivity and equity for deaf English language learners. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to strengthen your teaching approach and improve learning experiences for deaf learners in your program!


Interpreters and real-time captioning will be provided for all events. Please email [email protected] at least three business days before the event for additional access requests.

Event Code of Conduct

All are invited to participate as you are, engage with our team, and connect with other participants to learn together. NDC is committed to creating a harassment-free space of learning that welcomes all participants regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, transgender status, age, body type, appearances, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), veteran or marital status, national origin, or other classification protected by law. You agree to abide by the event code of conduct by attending the event. NDC has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment of any kind and expects all event participants will help uphold a positive experience for all. NDC reserves the right to take any necessary and appropriate action, including immediate removal from the event, in response to any incident that violates the above-mentioned expectations. NDC also reserves the right to prohibit participation at any future events, virtually or in person. Seek assistance from NDC staff at the event or email at: [email protected]

Participants Are Expected To:

  • Conduct themselves in a manner that is considerate, respectful, and professional in their interactions with all present at the event.
  • Refrain from disruptive, disrespectful, disparaging, discouraging, discriminatory, or demeaning conduct.
  • Inform NDC if you notice any behavior not aligned with the conduct expectation outlined above.


Dr. Tonya Stremlau (she/her)

Dr. Stremlau has been a professor in the English Department at Gallaudet University since 1996. She teaches general education composition, creative writing, and a variety of literature courses, including Introduction to Deaf Literature and Deaf Memoirs. Her primary scholarly focus is on Deaf writers, and she also publishes fiction. Outside of work,  she’s mom to rising-senior twins and spends much of her free time rock climbing.

Gemma Gabor (she/her)

Gemma has an extensive educational background with degrees in Psychology, Guidance and Counseling, a doctorate in Medicine, and two masters in Education specializing in Christian education and English Language education. She has a decade total of experience working with the Filipino Deaf community and Deaf English Language Learners at DLS-College of Saint Benilde in the Philippines. Currently, she is a faculty member and program coordinator of the English Language Institute under the School of Language, Education and Culture at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., which has exposed her in teaching ESL to American and international deaf and hard-of-hearing  (DHH) students since 2010.

Helen Koulidobrova (she/her)

Elena ‘Helen’ Koulidobrova, PhD, is Coordinator of Applied Linguistics and TESOL at Central Connecticut State University, where she is also an Associate Professor. She primarily teaches advanced courses in language instruction, assessment, and multilingualism. She is a member of the governing board of the American School for the Deaf and has served on various advising workgroups to the Connecticut State Department of Education (most recently, CT Seal of Biliteracy Taskforce). In her free time, Helen enjoys travel, discovering new dishes, and staying up late at night.

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