More than Access: UDL for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

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Cheryl DeConde Johnson, Ed.D.

This session will focus on considerations and strategies to help ensure the communication and learning environment is ready to support each child at home, in the community, and in the classroom. An overview of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) will be presented with discussion of how key components of the UDL framework apply to individualized specialized instruction (content and delivery methods) and access (auditory, visual, communication) for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The S.E.T.T. (Student, Environment, Technology, & Tasks) framework will be illustrated as an example for determining assistive technology needs for students.

Credits: Act 48, ASHA, Psych, Instructional Hours
Audience: Teachers who work with students with hearing loss; Teachers who work with students who are Deaf-Blind; Speech therapists; Other (Educational audiologists)

Speaker biography: Cheryl DeConde Johnson, Ed.D., has an extensive history of advocacy for children and youth who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families. Through her varied roles as an educational audiologist, early intervention specialist, deaf and hard of hearing program administrator, deaf education and audiology consultant with the Colorado Department of Education, author, and university instructor, she continues to provide consultation, program evaluation, and training globally through her practice the ADE-vantage (Audiology Deaf Education). Cheryl is co-author of the Educational Audiology Handbook (3rd ed., 2021) and Educational Advocacy for Students who are Deaf & Hard of Hearing (Hands & Voices, 2013), and co-editor of Optimizing Outcomes for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Educational Service Guidelines (NASDSE, 3rd ed, 2018). Cheryl is also a co-founder of Hands & Voices. She is most proud of her grown daughter who describes herself as sometimes deaf and sometimes hard of hearing and from whom Cheryl continues to be enlightened. Cheryl now shares her time between Leadville, Colorado, and Green Valley, Arizona.


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