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Children who are deaf support

When you are a person who is deaf you may know how to raise a child who is deaf or hard of hearing. If you are not a person who is deaf and hard of hearing this may be difficult. People who are deaf and hard of hearing also have what is called “deaf culture” and parents who are hearing may not be accepted by the deaf community”. Do not despair there is support out there. There are two workshops in western Pennsylvania that can help.
Here are the details:

Advocacy & Support for Parents with
Deaf or Hard of Hearing Children
Presented by: Larry Siegel

In January 2014, Mr. Larry Siegel, internationally recognized advocate for deaf or hard of hearing students, will present at workshops in two western Pennsylvania locations. He will address Pennsylvania laws, communication plan, advocacy & obstacles parents and their children face in educational settings.

The workshop is parent focused, but professionals are welcome to attend.

January 23, 2014
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Barber National Institute
100 Barber Place
Erie, PA 16507

January 24, 2014
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
300 East Swissvale Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15218

Meeting Format:

* Presentation by Mr. Siegel, followed by a group discussion.
* Time is allotted for individual family appointments with Mr. Siegel following the presentation.
Appointment time and length depends on the need and will be determined the day of the workshop.
* Lunch will be provided.

RSVP by January 13, 2014
* There is no registration fee
* Reserve your seat with Vicki Cherney by emailing
* Include the following information when registering:
* Location you'd like to attend. (either Erie or Pittsburgh) o If you would like to meet privately with Mr. Siegel o Questions your family may have for Mr. Siegel to address during the workshop o Special Accommodations, if needed.

About Mr. Larry Siegel:
Larry Siegel received his A.B. and M.A. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and his J.D. from Hastings College of the Law. Founder of the National Deaf Education Project, helped enact the nation's first Deaf Child's Educational Bill of Rights. Author of: Statement of Principle (the Ed. & Communication Needs of D and HH Children), The Human Right to Language, The Complete IEP Guide, Least Restrictive Environment, the Paradox of Inclusion. He's an Adjunct Professor at Hastings College of the Law. He was the Endowed Chair at Gallaudet University (2004-2005). Other accomplishments include: Fulbright Specialist, appointed to California Special Education Commission; advised New Mexico, Colorado, California, North Carolina, Vermont, Pennsylvania and other states on reforming education of deaf and hard-of-hearing students. He has testified before US Congress and state legislatures on Deaf Ed. and consulted with Gifu University (Japan) and Stockholm University on Special Education. Larry Siegel is from California.

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Berks County has a deaf and hard of hearing organization where parents can also get some support. They can be reached at
Berks Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services,
2045 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA 19605
Telephone: (610) 685-4520

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