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(FULL) Empowerment Through Touch (1.4 PS CEUs) (FULL)

  • Department of Social Services 1203 Maple St, Room 122 Greensboro, NC (map)



Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the touch communication system that is beneficial to people who are Deaf-Blind and practice how to draw perfect pictures discretely with touch. Participants will learn the latest updates on the use of touch communication systems happening. Participants will realize how powerful touch can be when working with consumers who have vision and hearing loss. The touch communication system includes, but is not limited to, the use of Tactile Sign Language, Touch Cues, and Touch Signals.  The workshop will also include Cultural perspectives and other systems which have been researched and successfully used in other countries. Participation is encouraged in this workshop through hands-on practice.

Presented by Marilyn C. Trader, MSW and Ashley Benton, LCSW MSW

Marilyn Trader possesses a Baccalaureate of Science degree in the disciplines of Psychology and Sociology, with a concentration in Political Science from Illinois State University and earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Gallaudet University. She was a Clinical Social Worker for approximately 10 years and prior to this was a Rehabilitation Counselor for Deaf-Blind with the Services for the Blind in North Carolina. As the HKNC Southeast Regional Representative serving four states, she is able to spread her knowledge, skills and services to others in her region, plus continue to work with other allies in the field nationally and internationally.


Ashley Benton, LCSW is the Deaf/Deaf-Blind Services Coordinator with the NC Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DSDHH). Prior to joining DSDHH, she served 10 years as a Mental Health and Substance Abuse therapist.  She is Deaf-Blind with Usher Syndrome and communicates using tactile American Sign Language and Touch Communication. Ms. Benton received her MSW with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind specialty certification from East Carolina University.  Her experience includes currently serving as the director of the NC Deaf-Blind Associates (NCDBA) Deaf-Blind Weekend at Camp Dogwood, former member of the NC Interpreters and Transliterators Licensing Board, and former member of the National Task Force on Deaf-Blind Interpreting.

Earlier Event: November 18
NCRID Board Meeting