One of Summit Educational Service Center (ESC)’s Audiologists, Dr. Carrie Spangler, has been selected to present at this year’s Maryland State Steering Committee for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students conference. The conference, titled “Self-Advocacy and Self Determination: Plotting the Course,” will take place on March 17 from 8:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland.
The event will focus on how professionals can provide students with hearing loss the skills they need to face challenges and reach success each school year.
Additional speakers at the event include the 2016 National Academic Bowl Champions, Rockville High School, Montgomery County Public Schools as the keynote speaker, and Dr. Paula Schauer, clinical assistant professor in the department of hearing and speech sciences at the University of Maryland.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to present at this year’s conference,” said Dr. Spangler. “Having personal experience living with hearing loss, I know it’s important to share tools and resources with other professionals in order to help every student with hearing loss reach their fullest potential.”
Spangler will be giving two separate presentations. The first presentation is titled "empowEAR: Promoting Self-Advocacy for Students with Hearing Loss in the Educational Setting." The presentation will focus on safety and bullying of students with hearing loss, promoting self-advocacy and support groups. Spangler will highlight the Summit ESC's support group, Hearing Impaired Teens Interacting Together! (Hit It!). Hit It! offers a nonthreatening environment for middle and high school students who have hearing loss, technology, coping strategies and support in order to become their number one advocate.
Her second presentation is titled "Living Well" with hearing loss. This presentation is designed to be motivational. Spangler will walk attendees through her own personal journey of growing up with hearing loss and navigating the mainstream public schools, and transitions to college, work and independent life.
“I would like to congratulate Carrie on being selected to present at this conference,” said Superintendent Joe Iacano. “This is a wonderful opportunity for Carrie to learn and gather information to bring back and share with our member districts to help support their students. It’s our goal to offer our districts’ students the tools and resources they need to receive an exceptional educational experience.”
The Maryland State Steering Committee for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students was created by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to provide information regarding educational concerns and issues in the public-school setting for deaf and hard of hearing students.
Registration is now closed to individuals who would like to attend.
For more information about the Maryland State Steering Committee for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students, please visit sites.google.com/a/marylandsteeringcommdhhs.org/conference/home.
For more information about Summit ESC’s Hit it! support group, please visit summitesc.org/News/Resources/New_Hititb.pdf