33. Transition: Start-To-Finish: A Closer LookSpeaker Bios:
Melissa Kenderes, Kimberly Uccellini, MA, CCC-A
Preparing for post-secondary transition can be an overwhelming process for many students; for students with deaf blindness, there are even more considerations for the student, family, and school team to examine and incorporate into the plan. Come join us as members of Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3’s Deaf-Blind Resource Team share their experiences in partnering with one of the teams in their region to support a deaf-blind student and their family through the transition process.
Act 48, ACVREP, ASHA, Psych
Special Education Teachers, Teachers who work with students who are blind or visually impaired, Teachers who work with students with hearing loss, Teachers who work with students who are Deaf-Blind, Teachers/other professionals who work with students who have sustained a traumatic brain injury, Speech therapists, General Education Teachers, Supervisors/Administrators, Assistive Technology Specialists, Occupational Therapists and/or Physical Therapists, Orientation and Mobility Specialists, School Counselors and/or School Psychologists, Parents, Guardians, Family Members, Paraprofessionals, Anyone working with a student in special education
Melissa Kenderes has been a Teacher of the Visually Impaired and Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit for 7 years. She has a M.A. through Western Michigan University and her undergrad is in Special Education with a minor in Deafness and Hearing Studies from Penn State University. She is part of the Deaf Blind Resource Team at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. She worked as an intervenor before becoming a TVI/COMS.
Kim Uccellini, MA, CCC-A has spent 28 years as an Audiologist, 14 as a clinical audiologist with UPMC and the Craniofacial Center and 14 as an Educational Audiologist with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. Her passion is educating the various stakeholders about hearing loss in all ages, how impactful hearing loss can be in both an educational as well as work setting and how amazing it is to offer rehabilitation solutions to those with hearing loss.