Exploring Family Learning
& Camps for Deaf Children
For this live event, panel discussions will focus on the importance of family learning vacations for sign language acquisition, emphasizing enriching family connections; experiences with after-school programs, addressing ADA compliance and empowerment in advocating for accessibility; and the transformative impact of deaf camps in fostering social skills and life experiences. These programs contribute significantly to the overall development of deaf and hard of hearing children and families, enhancing self-esteem and social opportunities. Join our panel discussion to explore access to these programs and their indispensable role in enriching lives beyond classroom walls!
Participants will have the opportunity to:
- Watch an infoblast featuring Dr. Gina Oliva, where she discusses the significance of diverse programs such as immersion programs, after school activities, and summer camps supporting deaf and hard of hearing children and their families.
- Acquire information about the variety of camps available for their deaf/hard of hearing child. A comprehensive list will be provided two weeks after the event, enhancing participants’ awareness and options.
This session is accessible via American Sign Language/English interpreters and live captioning. Additional accessibility accommodations should be requested.
Enriching Horizontal Identities through Family Learning Events and Deaf Camps
Dr. Gina Oliva discusses the significance of diverse programs such as immersion programs, after school activities, and summer camps supporting deaf and hard of hearing children and their families.
Meet the Moderator
Stacy Abrams, MA, a project manager for early intervention at the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, in Washington, D.C., holds degrees from Gallaudet University and the University of California, Santa Barbara. With a focus on supporting hearing families with deaf children, she taught for five years and served as a Deaf Mentor Program coordinator. She also created #whyisign, aiming to inspire by sharing individuals’ reasons for signing. Abrams and her husband are parents to two bilingual teens.
Meet the Panelists
Dr. Beth Adams
Beth Adams, EdD, is a strategic initiatives specialist with the Health and Human Services Commission, specializing in advocating for accessibility for people with disabilities. With expertise in equality and dismantling disability oppression, Adams provides consulting and training. As a Deaf mother of three Deaf children and a full-time sports mom, she navigates the sports world to ensure her kids have an experience equivalent to their hearing peers.
Bart Goldbar, MA, a lifelong Missoula, Montana, resident, is a paraprofessional at Sentinel High School and owner of Goldbar Defense, a self-defense business. Alongside his wife, Dorothy, and three children, including Trinity, born with a rare genetic disorder, Goldbar navigates challenges, including Trinity’s immunocompromised health and nonverbal communication using American Sign Language. Passionate about the special needs community, the family volunteers with the Special Olympics. Goldbar has also led support groups for fathers of children with hearing differences.
Claudia Hernandez, BS, a Las Cruces native now in Santa Fe, holds degrees in sign language interpreting, Spanish, and human services. For a decade, she has contributed to the New Mexico School for the Deaf, serving three years as a trilingual interpreter and volunteering as an interpreter coordinator for the Santa Fe Storm Volleyball Club. A mother of three, including a deaf daughter, the trilingual family actively participates in immersion programs, deaf camps, and volleyball leagues.
BEYOND CLASSROOM WALLS
Exploring Family Learning & Camps for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children
This session is accessible via American Sign Language/English interpreters and live captioning. Additional accessibility accommodations should be requested no later than February 21, 2024.