February 25-27, 2013
Baltimore, MD


Electronic versions of handouts and presentations can be downloaded below.

2013 Partners Building Bridges Program Booklet (PDF)
2013 Partners Building Bridges Program Agenda - Text (DOC)

Photos from this event can now be viewed on Flickr:

SCD 2013 Photo Album

Monday, February 25, 2013

Opening Plenary Presentation

1:00 to 2:30 pm

Inclusion, Equity and Opportunity for Individuals with Disabilities

Michael K. Yudin
Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

Afternoon Plenary Panel Presentation

3:00 to 4:45 pm

Support Services Providers (SSPs): A National Perspective on Progress

Elizabeth Spiers, Rachel Simpson, Paula Pottenger, Jerry G. Petroff, Katherine Gabry, Allen Reposh, Jon Gabry
Support Service Providers - Outline Format.pdf
Support Service Providers Presentation.pdf

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Concurrent Block 1

8:30 to 9:45 am

Deaf-Blind People Can! Successes and Challenges in Employment and the Community

Elizabeth Spiers, Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired

DeafBlind People Can!.ppt
DeafBlind People Can - Outline.doc

Previewing An On-line Training Program for Serving Consumers who are Hard of Hearing and Late Deafened

Steven Boone, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Patty Conway, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant
Pat Tomlinson, Rehabilitation Consultant

Previewing - Presentation.pdf

It’s a Brave New (Virtual) World

Cathy McLeod, pepnet 2
Marcia Kolvitz, pepnet 2

It's a Brave New (Virtual) World - Summary.doc

The Benefits of Collaboration: Two Statewide Committees in Texas

Theresa Johnson, Texas School for the Deaf

The Benefits of Collaboration.pptx
The Benefits of Statewide Collaboration - Outline.docx

Concurrent Block 2

10:15 to 11:30 am

Expanded Evaluation Program: An Evaluation Model Tailored to Deafblind Individuals

Lindsey Hanson, Minnesota State Services for the Blind
Natasha Lemler, Minnesota State Services for the Blind

Expanded Evaluation Program-Handouts.docx
Expanded Evaluation Program.ppt
Expanded Evaluation - Sample Report.docx
Expanded Evaluation - Outline.docx

Can the Deaf become successful job developers? Addressing the shortage of job developers serving the deaf population in the competitive workforce

Michael "Mick" Posner, Connecticut Bureau of Rehabilitation Services

Cooling Down the "Hot Seat": Preparing RCD Students for Employment Search Through the Use of Mock Interview Panels

Kim Poage, Western Oregon University
Sheila Hoover, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Julia Smith, Western Oregon University

Critical Soft Skills: Understanding Work Culture and Shared Responsibilities related to Communication Access in the Workplace

Vicki Joy Sullivan, Burlington County College
Barbara Myerovich, Burlington County College
Andrea Kahn-Richie, Burlington County College

Critical Soft Skills - Presentation.pptx
Critical Soft Skills - Outline.docx
Critical Soft Skills - Presentation.pdf

Luncheon Plenary Presentation

11:45 am to 1:30 pm

Systemic Change, Not Status Quo!

Howard Rosenblum
Chief Executive Officer, National Association of the Deaf

Concurrent Block 3

1:45 to 3:00 pm

Deaf Self-Advocacy: Perceptions, Abilities and Tools – Effective Practices and Curriculum

Alberto Sifuentes, Regional Interpreter Education Center at Northeastern University

Interpreting in VR Settings: Curriculum, Content, & Connections

Anna Witter-Merithew, Mid-America Regional Interpreter Education Center at the University of Northern Colorado

VR, a Partner: Coordinating GED,ABE Options for Consumers who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Mary Morrison, pepnet 2
Christine Skoczynski, pepnet 2

VR, A Partner - Outline.doc

Counselors Agree the ALD Training Class Improves Service Provision

Rebecca Morris, Beyond Hearing Aids

Counselors Agree ALD Training - Presentation.pptx
Counselors Agree ALD Training - Outline.docx

Concurrent Block 4

3:15 to 4:30 pm

Creating Access for Deaf and Deaf-Blind Individuals who are Most at Risk: Use of Deaf Interpreter’s Role for Achieving Positive Employment Outcomes

Anna Witter-Merithew, Mid-America Regional Interpreter Education Center at the University of Northern Colorado
Craig "Hank" Passi, Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services
Vicky Joy Sullivan, Burlington Community College

Getting Hired and Moving Ahead when Working with a Disability

Randi Turner, DARS Office for Deaf /Hard of Hearing Services

What We Found and What Lies Ahead: Needs Assessment for Virginians who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened, or Deaf-Blind

Christine Reid, Virginia Commonwealth University
Ronald Lanier, Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Mary Nunnally, Virginia Department of Rehabilitation Services
Gary Talley, Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Kathryn Baker, Valley Community Services Board

What We Found and What Lies Ahead - PPT Slides.pdf
What We Found and What Lies Ahead - Text Version.docx

Differences in workplace expectations between Deaf workers and hearing employers

Kate Rosengreen, Proposal Resource Group, Inc.
Shawn P. Saladin, The University of Texas-Pan American
Sandra Hansmann, The University of Texas-Pan American

Special Session: Pre-Registration Required

4:45 to 6:30 pm

Building a Toolkit: Best Practices for SCD/HH/DBs

Bedarius Bell, Alabama Dept of Rehabilitation Services
Jeanne Miller, University of Arkansas CURRENTS

Building a Toolkit Handout.docx

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Breakfast Plenary Session

8:00 to 9:00 am

Job Search 4.0 and the Impact for Vocational Rehabilitation Programs

Kristen Jacoway, Career Design Coach

Job Search 4.0 Handout.doc

Plenary Session

9:00 to 10:00 am

A Critical Need for Change in Preparing Youth who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing for Transition

Marcia Kovitz, pepnet 2
Christine Skoczynski, pepnet 2

A Critical Need - Summary.docx

Conversation Café

10:15 to 11:45 am

Diversity and Inclusion in Transition

Cathy Cogen, National Consortium of Interpreter Education Programs

Conversation Cafe on Transition Wordle.pdf