Kudos to Buffalo members of the ESAD Board who worked hard to spread the word about ESAD and gained # more members at the annual Deaf Awareness Week Kickoff on Sept 19 in Buffalo, NY!
BCAD Representative Michael Lackey along with ESAD’s Financial Manager Carolyn Cross and ESAD’s Vice President Michael Cross Jr.
ESAD’s Vice President Michael Cross, Jr. welcomes a new member who is signing up into ESAD Organization through their 150 years campaign – $1.50 per membership this year!
The membership promotion ends on Oct. 1st, 2015. Hurry and sign up!
To make an online payment, please go to this site: $150 for 150 Fundraising Campaign
Complete the form below with your donation of $150.00, payable to ESAD. Thank You!
Donor Name: ________________________________________________________________________
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All donations are due by September 30, 2015 if you want to be recognized during ESAD’s Banquet on 10/3/15. Additional donations are welcomed through December 31, 2015. Consider donating in honor or memory of someone special for a birthday, anniversary or holiday gift.
Please mail your donation check to:
ESAD, c/o Carolyn Cross, Treasurer, P.O. Box 1241, Tonawanda, NY 14151
ESAD’s 70th Biennial Conference workshop programs and its’ descriptions
Friday, October 2 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
WORKSHOP TITLE: “Deafhood”
What is the buzz with Deafhood? How can I apply Deafhood to myself and my job? How do I promote Deafhood with others? If you’ve asked any of these questions, this workshop is for you! Come to learn and discuss about Deafhood and how it relates to you, your relationships with others in the Deaf community, and your career.
Rebecca Daddy, raised outside of Philadelphia, is a native Deaf bilingual who has been in the field of education for 13 years, with the last five as a professor of ASL and Deafhood at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY. Many of her students aspire to become future interpreters or choose careers in the field of human services. Rebecca has presented many workshops on topics related to ASL, Deafhood, and interpreting. In addition to local Deaf community events, Rebecca keeps busy with sports and activities with her husband and three children in Syracuse.
Friday, October 2 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
WORKSHOP TITLE: “Parent-Teacher Associations: Become Involved with Your Deaf Child’s School!”
Students, Parents, Teachers. Parent-teacher associations (PTA) or parent-staff associations (PSA) play a role in the deaf student’s academic progress at school and home. Studies indicate that interaction between the deaf student’s family members and teachers contributes toward academic success for the student. The importance of PSA/PTA as a positive agent of change for the benefit of all deaf education stakeholders will be discussed. Michael (Mike) Kane is currently the vice-president of the PSA at Rochester School for the Deaf (RSD). The PSA board has four officer slots: president, vice-president, treasurer and secretary. The RSD PSA conducts monthly meetings at the RSD Learning Resource Center (LRC). In addition, RSD is a member of the 4201 Schools Association of New York State (www.4201schools.org). The 4201 Schools Association’s mission is to enhance and advocate for the education and future of New York’s children with low-incidence disabilities. Each school has its own board of directors and received financial support for operations and programming from the New York State Department of Education. The 4201 School Association membership consists of eleven special education schools – RSD is one of eight schools for the deaf that belong to this association.
One pressing concern facing the RSD PSA is the low attendance among parents during its monthly meetings. Despite the PSA’s extensive outreach efforts and an innovative guest speaker series, the parent turnout remains low the last few academic years. To address this, Kane contacted presidents of the other PSA/PTA organizations involving with the other eight deaf 4201 Association schools and asked questions related with their own attendance records, fundraising events, frequency of meetings, topics discussed in meetings, and outreach efforts. Kane will share findings, similarities and differences among the PTA/PSA organizations with ESAD members. Suggestions for improving PTA/PSA as more viable organizations for the benefit of all deaf students are also welcome!
Michael (Mike) Kane is a lecturer at the Business Studies Department at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Kane is also the vice-president of the Parent-Staff Association (PSA) at the Rochester School for the Deaf (RSD). Mike and Erin are the parents of two deaf children; the older daughter attends RSD as a sixth-grader and the younger daughter attends a local elementary school as a mainstreamed third grader with full support services. Prior to working at NTID, Kane worked at four non-profit organizations: Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Western Pennsylvania as an accountant, National Association of the Deaf (NAD) as its director of business affairs, Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD) as an assistant vice president of accounting, and the South Dakota State Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners (SDBMOE) as its Business and Finance Manager. Kane served a nine-year tenure at the NAD from September 1990 to October 1999. Kane is a long-time member of the NAD and ESAD.
Friday, October 2 3:30 – 5:00 PM
PLENARY SESSION: “What Does ADA Mean to You?”
The plenary session will introduce an overview of each title of the ADA. During the session, Sean will introduce the concept of how ADA law applies to deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind consumers. The event shall ensure their rights to access are being identified and protected by the law.
Sean is from West Nyack, NY and is a certified ADA coordinator. He works as an Account Executive for the Communication Service for the Deaf. He has also been an advocate for equal access for the deaf over 30 years.
Saturday, October 2 8:30 AM – 9:45 AM
WORKSHOP TITLE: “Deafness vs. Deafhood: New Ventures into Self-Liberation and Self-Actualization”
(1) Understanding how Deaf people should decolonize themselves and set processes toward freedom from control and low expectations imposed by hearing people who do not understand Deaf people and their abilities/high expectations. (2) Understanding how Deaf people should take full control of their own lives and determine how Deaf children should be taught for achievements and excellence.
An administrator, teacher, lecturer and consultant over the period of 50 years, Ray S. Parks, Jr. has been a strong advocate of the enhancement and success of Deaf Education through collaboration with consumers, educational personnel and parents of deaf children. He received a B.A. degree in Physics from Gallaudet University, a M.S. in Science Teaching (Physics) from the American University and did doctoral studies in Educational Administration at New York University. He has held teaching and administrative positions at schools for the deaf, Gallaudet University, California State University at Northridge and other universities. He had consulted with schools for the deaf and other agencies serving the deaf in the United States and Canada on deaf awareness, bi-cultural cross-cultural affairs and education of the deaf. Also, he served as a consulting instructor with the University of Northern Colorado’s Distance Opportunity Interpreters Training (DOIT) Center in Greeley, CO, and also with NTID-Monroe # 1 BOCES, working with interpreters via online and workshops. He received grants totaling $37,500 from the Arizona Governor’s Discretionary Fund to coordinate a skills-enhancement program for educational interpreters in need of meeting the state licensure requirements. He taught interpreting courses at the New York University under the 1975 National Interpreters Training Program, and taught legal interpreting under the auspices of the American Judicial System Interpreter Training Program at the California State University at Northridge.
Ray was awarded the Educational Support Service Personnel’s 2003-04 Dr. Robert Panara Award for his role in working with educators in NY State in the area of interpreting and education of the deaf. He was also chosen as the Goodwill Achiever of 1989 in Louisiana and in 1990 he was honored with the Governor’s Meritorious Service Award for his successful effort to pursue employment for people with disabilities in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
Saturday, October 3 8:30 AM – 9:45 AM
WORKSHOP TITLE: “The Deaf Community Accountability Model”
Domestic violence (DV) is a serious epidemic in the U.S. that affects individuals and families in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, or education background. DV is a pattern of coercive behavior used to gain power and control through physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, psychological, financial, and/or spiritual abuse, and can include isolation, gaslighting, stalking, and murder. This presentation focuses on the dynamics of domestic violence involving Deaf people as well community accountability as a way to acknowledge violence and its harms to individuals, families, and the Deaf community, and ultimately as a way to help stop violence. Engaging in community accountability means being able to recognize, take responsibility for, and work towards ending domestic violence.
Esposito and Whyte developed a Deaf Community Accountability model(2011), modified from Jackson and Garvin’s (2003) Community Accountability framework, which depicts how members of the Deaf community and hearing allies can work together to support survivors and hold abusers accountable. Specific community accountability strategies for service providers and community members will be identified and discussed.
Aimee K. Whyte, MA, NCC, LMHC, ACS, is a PhD candidate in the counseling and counselor education program at University of Rochester Warner School. She received her MA in mental health counseling from Gallaudet University and her BS in professional and technical communication from RIT/NTID. Aimee is currently a lecturer at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology and is also the Director of Programs and Services at Advocacy Services for Abused Deaf Victims in Rochester, NY. She has a wide range of counseling, teaching, advocacy, consultation and mediation experiences with Deaf and hearing people.
Erin Esposito, MS.SEd, is a lecturer at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology and is also the Executive Director of Advocacy Services for Abused Deaf Victims (ASADV) in Rochester, NY. She received both her MS in secondary education of the Deaf and her BS in professional and technical communication from RIT/NTID.
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Empire State Association of the Deaf now calls to nomination for 2015-2017 administration term.
Consider running for an office at ESAD
Requirement: Minimum 2 year in good membership standing with ESAD and NY Resident
Either Come to our conference and check out who’s running and VOTE or throw your hat in for an office within ESAD!