This webinar shares evidence-based practices and provides practical examples for empowering families as they become involved in their student’s transition planning.
Dr. Beth Sonnenstrahl Benedict is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies. Her work has focused on family involvement in schools with deaf and hard of hearing children, early childhood education, advocacy, early communication and partnerships between deaf and hearing professionals. Her teaching includes courses on Family Communication, Non Verbal Communication, Public Speaking, Group Discussion, and other relevant topics.
Dr. Benedict is currently a member of the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing, representing the Council of Education of the Deaf, which just finished writing a 2007 Position Statement. She was also a member of the Health and Human Services Constituent Expert Working Group on Effective Interventions for Infants and Young Children with Hearing Loss, coordinated by the U.S. Office on Disability. She has served on the Maryland Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Council and is currently the president of the American Society for Deaf Children.
Mr. Roger Williams is the Director for Deaf Services with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. He was previously the Program Manager at the Piedmont Center for Mental Health Services and the Social Worker IV and Program Coordinator at the Deaf Services Program at Patrick Harris Psychiatric Hospital. He received his B.S.W. from the Rochester Institute of Technology, his M.S.W., specializing in community mental health, from the University of Illinois and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of South Carolina, College of Social Work. Mr. Williams is a S.C. Licensed Master Social Worker and holds an RID Certificate of Transliteration and an SCAD/NAD IAP Level 5 and has been recognized at the state and national level for his leadership in mental health services within the Deaf community.
Mrs. Williams currently teaches ASL and Deaf Culture & History as an adjunct faculty at Spartanburg Technical College and Converse College. She previously employed by the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind as a teacher as well as a counselor at the South Carolina School and at the Illinois School for the Deaf. She received her B.S.W. from the Rochester Institute of Technology, her M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, her teaching certificate from Clemson University., and will receive a MA in Sign Language Education from Gallaudet University in August 2015. Ms. Williams is a S.C. Licensed K-8, Secondary Social Studies Teacher, a Licensed Deaf Education Teacher and a previous rater for the SC Interpreter Assessment Program.