Deaf Education Alliance’s 4th Annual Deaf Education Summit

This is the 4th Deaf Education Summit, hosted by the Deaf Education Alliance, a project of Deaf Focus.  Each year our Summit has grown and this year will be hard to top!   The theme for this year’s Summit  will be “Got Language?”  We will be discussing Language Intervention and introducing proposed legislation for Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids (LEAD-K) to Louisiana Deaf Education Stakeholders with a fantastic guest presenter line-up!

The conference will be held in Baton Rouge at the Holiday Inn South on Airline Highway, and we are anticipating a record attendance.  We are super excited about this conference, and we hope you all are as well!

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Our Guest Presenters

Nyle DiMarco, who is Deaf and a successful Model as well as a celebrity in his own right winning both, “America’s Next Top Model” Season 22, and “Dancing With The Stars” Season 22 in the same year.  Mr. DiMarco is also the national spokesperson for the LEAD-K Campaign, and founded the Nyle DiMarco Foundation, promoting awareness on issues surrounding the importance of early language and literacy in Deaf children.  The Foundation emphasizes culturally-based, community-engaged, and innovative approaches to providing support and guidance to Deaf children and their families.

Nyle DiMarco

Also joining us will be Joshua Castille, a native of Louisiana.  Josh will lead a session on Developing Strong Self Advocates.  He will also provide entertainment during our “Dine with Nyle” Banquet on Friday evening.  Joshua is a Deaf actor who starred in “Spring Awakening” on Broadway, appeared on “Switched at Birth”, is a member of the Deaf West Theatre, and is a member of the executive team at DPANTV -The Sign Language Channel.

Joshua Castille

Finally, we have Julie Rems-Smario, one of the co-founders of the National LEAD-K Campaign, and the outgoing President of California Association of the Deaf.  She will be introducing us to LEAD-K Louisiana legislation and focus on early language acquisition.  She was the DeafLife Magazine’s 2015 Deaf Person of the Year, and for Deaf Women United this year.

Julie Rems Smario


EVENT SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, JANUARY 26

8:30am: Registration

9:45am-11:30am: Nyle DiMarco

Leadership & Deaf Culture with Deaf, Deafblind, and Hard of Hearing (DDBHH) High School students*

*Observed by Deaf Education Professionals

11:30am-1pm: LUNCH

Deaf Actor Joshua Castille dines with the students

1pm-2:30pm: Nyle DiMarco

National Concerns, Language, and DDBHH students.

2:30pm-2:45pm: BREAK

2:45pm-4:30pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS

1. Developing Strong Self Advocates with Joshua Castille

2. Classroom Activities and Techniques that support Language Development with Natalie Delgado

6:30pm-10pm: ‘Dine with Nyle’ Banquet

*Community Invited*

Social with Nyle DiMarco

Entertainment by Joshua Castille

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27

8:30am: Registration

9am-10am: Keynote Speaker – Julie Rems Smario

10am-10:15am: BREAK

10:15am-11:45am: Julie Rems Smario

LEAD-K Presentation

11:45am-12:45pm: LUNCH

12:45pm-2:30pm: LEAD-K Louisiana Bill

1. Louisiana State Representative Patricia Haynes Smith

Legislative Process – How a bill becomes law.

2. Expert Panel – Language Development

2:30pm-2:45pm: BREAK

2:45pm-4:30pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS

1. Visual Communication Support with Dorothy Rodriguez

2. Oral Communication Support with Shelley Chesney

5:00pm: Conference Ends.

 


TO REGISTER FOR THE SUMMIT: CLICK HERE


RESERVE YOUR HOTEL ROOM AT THE NEWLY-RENOVATED HOLIDAY INN SOUTH IN BATON ROUGE!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

Hotel Phone: 225-924-7021

(USE CODE: DFG to get the special rate of $99/night)