Workshop Description: Participants will have a basic understanding of the diversity within the Deaf-Blind CommunityParticipants will have a clear understanding of SSP/Interpreter roles and responsibilities and what is expected of them. Participants will learn about a variety of communication modalities used in working within the Deaf-Blind Community. Participants will learn how utilizing the power of touch will reconnect their clients to environmental information that may be otherwise missed. Participants will briefly earn techniques and science behind using touch to communicate without interrupting communication while putting control back into the clients’ hands. Participants will be able to incorporate human guiding techniques. Participants will be able to provide visual information to their consumers through various techniques. Participants will be able to have access to national and state resources.
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 is the Deaf-Blind Services Specialist with the Raleigh Regional Center. She provides direct services to 17 counties in the regional center catchment area and provides consultation to staff in the eastern part of the state. Ms. Benton is Deaf-Blind with Usher Syndrome and communicates using tactile American Sign Language. She served three years with the National Task Force on Deaf-Blind interpreting and is now serving on the North Carolina Interpreters and Transliterators Licensing Board. Ms. Benton received a Master’s degree in Social Work specific to services for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind with a specialty certification from East Carolina University.