Virtual Meet-Ups

A Panel of DHH Adults sharing their experiences growing up in different environments and with different communication methods

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


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.


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 Drop-in Virtual Happy Hour!


This informal event is a chance to connect with each other, and recharge among the positive energy of parents with similar stories. This event will run for 90 minutes in an open house format. The first half hour will be reserved for quick introductions, and the following hour will include group discussion and time to ask questions. Feel free to sign on at any time during the event, for as long as you are able. No need to show up on time or stay logged in for the entire meeting. 


Whether you're brand new here, or you've been with us for years, we all have a story to share. Put the kids to bed, pour yourself a happy hour beverage, and come say hi on Zoom!

Roundtable Discussion with

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adults!


A diverse panel of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adults share how the experiences growing up helped influence who they are today.


About this event:


Virginia Hands & Voices is pleased to present a virtual roundtable discussion with D/HH Adults via Zoom. This event is a collaborative effort with AG Bell - Virginia Chapter, Northern Virginia Cued Speech Association and Virginia Department of Deaf and Hard of Hearing. 


This informal virtual meeting will feature a panel of deaf and hard of hearing adults from across the state, each using a wide range of communication modes. We recognize that many parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing may not have the opportunity to hear from adults who are also deaf and hard of hearing. We welcome you to join us for an opportunity to learn and ask questions about the educational and social experiences that helped shape our panelists into the successful adults they are today!


The panel will be led by Virginia Hands & Voices board member and Communication Chair, Jill Young, Au.D., F-AAA.


Jill Young is an audiologist with hearing loss who lives and practices in Virginia. She lost her hearing to bacterial meningitis at age one and was mainstreamed into an oral public school. Growing up, Jill used hearing aids and an FM system through public school and college. After college, she learned American Sign Language at Gallaudet University at age 23 where she also obtained her Doctorate in Audiology. Today, Jill has been practicing audiology for 19 years. She uses cochlear implants and lives in Virginia with her husband, her 12 year old son, and her 10 month old puppy who all have normal hearing! In addition to working as an audiologist, Jill serves on the board as Communication Chair for Virginia Hands & Voices and she is co-leader on the Northern Virginia Learning Community for parents and professional dealing with early childhood hearing loss.

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Meet the Professionals!

Virginia Hands & Voices and the Virginia Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (VA EHDI) program are pleased to announce a collaborated event geared towards families of children who are deaf and hard of hearing.
Check out our Virtual 'Lunch and Learn' 3-Part Series w/ Live Q&A introducing parents of newly diagnosed deaf and hard of hearing children to the professionals who will serve their families.  In this video series, parents of children with hearing loss will interview a geneticist, an audiologist, and an otolaryngologist (ENT). Each virtual screening will feature a pre-recorded video (approximately 20 minutes) directly followed by a live 15-minute Q&A session with the professional featured in the interview. The pre-recorded interviews are captioned and include an ASL interpreter on the screen.  
The video series can be found below:

Meet the Geneticist

Dr. Marta Biderman Waberski, Pediatric Specialists of Virginia

Meet the Audiologist

Dr. Cynthia Clark, University of Virginia 

Meet the ENT

Dr. Kelley Dodson, Virginia Commonwealth University 

A Roundtable Discussion with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adults!


Dr. Jill Young, Virginia Hands & Voices board member and Communications Chair, is an audiologist with hearing loss and will be facilitating a panel of deaf and hard of hearing adults who use a variety of ways to communicate.  
We recognize that many parents of children who are deaf and hard of hearing may not have the opportunity to hear from adults who are also deaf and hard of hearing.  We welcome you to join us for a candid conversation to learn more about educational and social experiences that helped shape our panelists into the successful adults they are today!  
Panelists include Lauren Good, Emilie Mulholland, Erik Nordolf, Reba Poole and Jill Young, Au.D.  They represent a variety of communication modes such as spoken English, American Sign Language and Cued Speech.  
We hope to create a respectful and supportive space where our panelists will feel at ease sharing their life experiences, and attendees will feel comfortable asking questions they may have been wondering about their own deaf or hard of hearing child.
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Meet the Author of Padapillo by Valerie Abbott, a new Virginia based author


Padapillo is the story of how one family discovers and comes to terms with their youngest child's hearing loss

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Attention Dads and Male caregivers!!


Virtual Panel of Father's of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children


 A Q&A for dads of newly diagnosed children

that are Deaf or Hard of Hearing



This event featured a panel of fathers from across the state sharing thoughts and experiences related to raising children with hearing loss.  
Topics covered by the panel included the early days following diagnosis, decision making, successes/challenges, and ways to get involved.  The panel was hosted by Virginia Hands & Voices parent, Jacob Thornton, father of two deaf children as he welcomed Erik Rodriguez, father to a hard of hearing son, Robin Ramirez, father to a deaf son and Colin Wells, Deaf adult, father and Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
We encourage you to share this with the fathers in your life who may benefit from casually connecting with others who share their same journey!  
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We welcomed Wanda Council, Education Specialist with the

Virginia Department of Education, to discuss the purpose and importance of the

Virginia Communication Plan for a

Student Who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing

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The Versatility of Cued Language


Cued Speech is a mode of communication that can provide complete visual access to the spoken language of the home and school. While it can stand alone as a modality, it can also function effectively to enhance other modes of communication, specifically Listening and Spoken Language and American Sign Language.


Cued Speech also has many other uses in targeted areas such as cochlear implant rehabilitation, foreign language acquisition, providing visual support for speech production, and as part of a multi sensory course of action with auditory processing or auditory neuropathy issues. It can be an important asset in acquisition of a solid base in complete language. 

Presented by: Suhad Keblawi, Executive Director of the Testing, Evaluation and Certification Unit (for Cued Language Transliterator national certification); Angela Laptewicz, Nationally Certified Cued Language Transliterator; and Maureen Bellamy, Vice President, Northern Virginia Cued Speech Association. 

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Audiology Workshop

with Audiologist

Dr. Lilach Saperstein


Learn about The FIG (Familiarity, Intent, Goal) Method of advocacy with Dr. Saperstein. This workshop helps parents know when it is the right time to speak up, and what words to use. She will discuss how to advocate effectively in everyday situations with friends, family and acquaintances, as well as more "high stakes"encounters, such as with doctors or at school/service meetings. This can be especially helpful when someone has said something that really hurts, or made you angry or exasperated. This is a powerful tool that you can use at any time!

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Watch the Zoom Presentation Here:

Educational Advocacy 101 For Families with Tawny Holmes-Hilbok, Assistant Professor at Gallaudet University and Education Policy Counsel Attorney with NAD.

Watch to the Zoom presentation here:

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Here's where you can find additional support:

Virtual Story Time Meet-Up for Elementary Students

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Click below to learn about The Deaf Blind Project!

Virtual Learning Opportunity with The Deaf Blind Project
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School Safety

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Unilateral Hearing Loss in Children

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IEP Accommodations

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Tips for Navigating the IEP Process and Understanding Parental Rights

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Fire Safety 2017

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Fire Safety 2017

Every Second Counts - Original Presentation for Professionals

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