56th Biennial NAD Conference, June 30 - July 4, 2022, Orlando, Florida.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF

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Planning Deaf Youth Summer Camp: Stories from the Field

Deaf summer camps bring together youth to build relationships and strengthen skills for future endeavors. Whether they are day camps focused on coding, virtual programs in the arts, or overnight outdoor adventures, research shows that summer programs can have a significant positive impact on the lives of deaf youth. Join us for an interactive discussion to learn from experienced summer camp directors and coordinators about ideas and strategies used to design meaningful educational and recreational programs that engage deaf youth. Panelists will share their experiences with coordinating logistics and access, outreach and recruitment strategies, the benefits of organizational partnerships, and activity ideas used to achieve the desired program outcomes.

Track: Education
Partner: NDEC
CEU: GS 0.125
Date: July 1, 2022
Time: 2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Celebration 11-12

Presenters

Lore Kinast

Lore Kinast

Lore is the director of Integrated Technical Assistance at the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes. Lore is a change agent working in the educational, organizational, and community settings addressing accessibility barriers for deaf people. Her interest in education and employment access for deaf people initially began when she worked as an employment development specialist and experienced the struggles her deaf clients endured with finding a job. It was further propelled while managing programs and coordinating services including interpreting, captioning, and other accommodations for deaf students at several colleges. She has spent over 25 years collaborating with stakeholders on all levels, designing accessible opportunities using short- and long-term goals, implementing systemic benchmarks, and spearheading program development projects. Lore has in-depth knowledge of ADA and Section 504 regulations, creating accessible environments for deaf people, and implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion practices. She received her MA from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) in Educational Administration, and her PhD in Higher Education Administration from Texas Tech University.

Traci Branch

Traci Branch

Traci works in the Division of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) as the Statewide Transition Specialist for Deaf & Hard of Hearing programs with the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS).  She attended Gallaudet University where she completed her studies in the field of Social Work and earned a BA.  She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with an MS in Rehabilitation Counseling and attended George Washington University where she earned a post graduate certificate in the area of Special Education and Traumatic Brain Injury. Traci is a board certified rehabilitation counselor.  Traci’s passion is equal access and justice as she serves on numerous committees, councils and boards where her role is to amplify access and opportunities for individuals with disabilities.  For the past four years, she coordinated a VR-funded summer program for high school students who are deaf and hard of hearing that focuses on the core components of pre-employment and transition services.

Russ Goddard

Russ Goddard

Russ works for the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation as the Statewide Coordinator of Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deafblind Services.  In his position, Russ provides technical assistance to OVR field staff and central office staff with issues related to the provision of services for deaf, hard of hearing, and DeafBlind OVR customers.  He also works in his capacity as the program director for the Summer Academy for High School Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing for the past six years. Russ  has a total of 23 years of experience in vocational rehabilitation, first as a rehabilitation counselor for the deaf and hard of hearing in the state of Ohio, then continuing in the same capacity for PA OVR before being promoted to his current position. Russ himself has a hearing loss, bringing into this position a wealth of personal and professional knowledge about adult services, educational and transition services for high school students with hearing loss.

Randall Smith

Randall Smith

Randall joined as the Camp Administrator in November 2020. A native Washingtonian, Randall graduated from Washington School for the Deaf and Gallaudet University in Washington, DC with a major in Physical Education and Recreation. In the summer you can find him cliff jumping into water, exploring nature, and traveling the world.