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Clerc Center webinars bring experts to your doorstep

This upcoming winter and spring, the Clerc Center will present two new webinars: "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about ASL/English Bilingual Bimodal Education," will be broadcast as a two-part series beginning January 12 and ending February 9 from 7-8 p.m. each evening; and "Sharing Autism Research on Deaf or Hard of Hearing Students" on April 19 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

The Clerc Center has developed its new webinar series with the convenience of the audience in mind. The webinars are presented in American Sign Language (ASL) with a spoken English voiceover and captions. All webinars are then archived for convenient viewing.

"Our webinars are cost effective ways to meet professional development requirements as well as supplying families with needed resources," said Elizabeth Meynardie, director of products, training, and dissemination at the Clerc Center. "Without incurring travelling expenses, or workshop fees, individual educators, professionals, and parents can interact with professionals in the field of deaf education from the ease of their own office, school location, or home computer. It's also possible for groups of colleagues, teachers, or families to view the webinars from one central location."

The first webinar, "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about ASL/English Bilingual Bimodal Education," is presented by Susanne Scott, cochlear implant bilingual specialist at the Clerc Center, and Dr. Laurene Simms, professor of education at Gallaudet University. The webinar, developed primarily for parents and caregivers, will be offered in two parts. The first part will provide an overview of ASL and English bilingual early children education and the research supporting its positive impact on ASL and spoken language acquisition. The second part will discuss how families can support successful bilingual bimodal development. Bilingual and bimodal refer to the development of competency in two languages and the use of one spoken language and one signed language (spoken and signed are the "modes" to which "bimodal" refers).

The second webinar, "Sharing Autism Research on Deaf or Hard of Hearing Students" is presented by Dr. Christen Szymanski, director of research and evaluation at the Clerc Center. The webinar will be especially informative for teachers, educators, and classroom aides. Dr. Szymanski will discuss teaching strategies, considerations for language development, and how to manage an autistic child in the classroom. She is also the author of "Sharing Autism Research on Deaf or Hard of Hearing Students," to be published in the spring 2012 edition of Odyssey magazine, and she contributed to the Odyssey Autism Issue: When Deafness and Autism Coexist in Children. Webinar participants will be given an opportunity to engage in a question and answer session with Dr. Szymanski.

To register for the webinar:

Resource:

Odyssey magazine Autism Issue: When Deafness and Autism Coexist in Children