This webinar shares evidence-based practices and provides practical examples for developing a well-rounded transition plan that supports postsecondary goals. Short presentations include a description of a continuum of suggested practices to enhance student development and an exemplar program that demonstrates how the different student development practices are utilized to strengthen transition planning for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Dr. Pamela Luft is an Associate Professor of Special Education at Kent State University in Ohio and the Director of the Deaf Education program. She received her M.Ed. in Deaf Education from McDaniel College, her M.S. in Technology for Persons with Disabilities from the Johns Hopkins University, and her Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Special Education. She worked in public, special day, and residential schools for DHH students as a teacher, behavior specialist, career coordinator, and program administrator before getting her doctorate. Her research and grant projects have focused on transition and rehabilitation services for DHH adolescents and young adults. She has published on issues related to transition of DHH and special education students, educational policy, and instructional practices.
Ms. Salina Baaith provides case management services for high school students, and their families, enrolled in the Supported Training and Employment Program (S.T.E.P.) at the Center for Hearing and Communication, in Florida. The students, ages 12-18, are members of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (DHH) community in Broward County. Salina’s favorite part of her job, “…being an integral part and witness when a client achieves their personal goals…which they believed were unachievable.” Salina is known for her passion and commitment to help clients transition to a life of independence through financial stability, sound decision-making, and self-determination.