You Are Always Invited

* Pre-registration is required for all events

We'd love to have you join us for any, or all,

of the events listed below!

A panel of psychologists and social workers provide information on how to promote social and emotional health for children among D/HH children

About this event


Virginia Hands & Voices is pleased to present a virtual learning opportunity on promoting social and emotional health among D/HH children. A panel of D/HH professionals will lead the discussion on Tuesday, May 24 from 8:00-9:00pm, via Zoom.


The purpose of this panel is to provide tips and information on how to promote social and emotional well-being among children who are deaf or hard of hearing, especially in instances where they may be one of the only D/HH students in their school or community. Topics may include making friends, social skills and navigating the social setting in a mainstream environment. Panelists will share resources for support and personal experiences. Questions from participants are welcomed and we will leave time at the end of the panel discussion to address your specific needs and concerns.


Panel members will include:


Tobias Canterbury

Tobias Canterbury is a Deaf third year student in the School Psychology program at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC and is currently doing his yearlong internship at Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind (VSDB) in Staunton, Virginia where he provides an array of different psychoeducational services to teachers and students. Tobias is in line to become a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) this May and will be heading back to Gallaudet this fall to pursue his doctorate in the Psy.D program.


Prior to VSDB, Tobias held several different internship placements such as a Social Work intern at the Public Defender Services for the District of Columbia (PDSDC) and Arundel Lodge, Inc (ALI) in Edgewater, Maryland, where he worked extensively with the mentally ill Deaf adults in terms of providing counseling services, teaching of everyday skills, providing daily check-ins at homes, aiding with job searches and more. Mr. Canterbury, through PDSDC, also has experience working with Deaf adults who were previously incarcerated and acted as an advocate to ensure that these individuals had the necessities of daily life such as Medicare, food stamps, a cell phone, and a place to reside when released from the prison system.


Tobias was born to two Deaf parents and attended mainstream schools up until the age of 18; he did not have his first taste of Deaf education and culture until his Freshman year at Gallaudet University.


Gregory Farber, PhD

Gregory Farber, who is deaf himself, recently completed his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Gallaudet University. Currently, he is a postdoctoral fellow/postdoctoral clinical resident at ACES providing comprehensive assessments, individual and group psychotherapy for children and adults who are deaf and hard of hearing. Prior to joining ACES, Dr. Farber completed an APA-accredited Predoctoral internship in clinical psychology from the John L. Gildner Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents. Through his clinical training as a doctoral student, Dr. Farber has extensive experience primarily working with children and adolescents across various settings including schools, outpatient clinics, specialized clinics, community clinics, and private practice.


Mr. Farber himelf, grew up oral in a mainstream environment, and did not learn American Sign Language until high school.


Lauren Good, MSW, LCSW

Lauren Good graduated from Gallaudet University with a Bachelor Degree in Social Work, specializing in DHH issues in 1993. She graduated from Ohio State University with a Master's Degree in Social Work in 1995.


As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Lauren has worked in a variety of settings. She has worked in three Community Mental Health Centers, providing mental health counseling  (individual, couple, group), psychoeducation and advocacy with DHH people of all ages. She has worked in a public school system, providing mental health counseling, advocacy and psychoeducation for DHH children, from preschool to high school. Most recently, she worked as a contractor for Aligned Clinical and Educational Services (ACES), providing mental health counseling services (individual, and couple) for DHH people of all ages.


In addition to her work as a LCSW, Lauren has always been an active member of her community. She routinely presented for the University of Washington Social Work department over seven years, providing students information about working with the DHH population. She has taught American Sign Language to families of DHH children, as well as, adults. She has run a summer camp for DHH children, and has completed a course in Substance Abuse within the Deaf Community. 


Lauren, a Deaf adult, grew up oral in a hearing family until the age of 10 when she learned American Sign Language after attending a Deaf Camp. Her mother is fluent in ASL, and several other extended members have learned some signs as well.


Growing up, Lauren attended a variety of school systems including a school for the deaf and public schools. She married a Deaf man and together they have two adult hearing children, ages 22 and 20, both fluent in American Sign Language.


She lives in Richmond with her family and their German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois rescue mix.


Susanne Wilbur

Susanne Wilbur has worked in many different roles and with many different types of people in her career as a social worker and community advocate in the Piedmont region of Virginia. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with almost 20 years of experience in screening, assessment and treatment planning in various capacities. She developed Charlottesville's first outreach program for the deaf community and was previously the Lead Behavior Specialist with Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind. She has been a Psychotherapist with ACES since 2013. She thoroughly enjoys working with children, pre-adolescents, adolescents and adults. She works with a variety of issues related to depression; physical, sexual or emotional abuse; major life transitions, and substance abuse along with serious mental illness in collaboration with the support of the community services boards.


Prior to becoming a social worker, Susanne worked as an instructor for rock climbing, backpacking, white water rafting and adaptive skiing in Colorado and Wyoming.



Thanks to the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing through its Virginia Relay program, our deaf and hard of hearing participants can join via Remote Conference Captioning (RCC) available through Hamilton Relay. RCC will be embedded into Zoom or may be opened in a separate window.  


This presentation will be in American Sign Language with spoken English interpretation provided. If you require Cued Language Transliteration, please indicate your request when registering. 


Pre-registration is required for this free event. Once your registration is complete, a confirmation email will include detailed instructions on how to join our Zoom meeting (at the bottom of the email).

Events & Activities

While Virginia Hands & Voices hosts some of our own events, we often take advantage of, and meet at, programs offered by other organizations that will benefit our members. We do our best to keep this page up to date, but we encourage you to visit our Facebook page for the most current information. 


Social Opportunities

We seek to connect children with other children and families with other families. Often, through fun, family-centered activities we make strong friendships and realize we are not alone on the journey.


Learning Opportunities

Have you thought, "I'm confused, but I'm too afraid to ask," during an IFSP, IEP or 504 plan meeting. Do you ever wish you could just talk to someone who's a few steps ahead of you on this journey or a professional in the field of childhood hearing loss? Virginia Hands & Voices seeks to provide opportunities to learn and explore with others like you.  


When will Hands & Voices be in your area?

If we have not been in your area and you'd like to help us plan an event, please contact us at The events we plan are often based on finding a volunteer in the area who can help us. We'd love to hear from you!

Stayed tuned for more!

Have an Idea for an Event?

If you  have an idea for an event, or know of one we might want to promote to our members, please email us at We'd love to hear from you! 

This is the website of the Virginia Chapter of the national organization of Hands & Voices. This H&V chapter and its website may publish articles or commentaries from authors presenting their own perspectives.  All contributed material is solely the viewpoint of the authors and may not reflect the viewpoint or indicate the sponsorship of Hands & Voices.  It is intended for informational purposes only.