Workshop Description: This workshop will focus on healthy social-language development of deaf children through having full access to a language and the long-term effects language deprivation has on individuals academically, intellectually, socially, and employability. Key terminology will be discussed, research data, and concepts of social-language development and deprivation issues in children and adults who are deaf, all will be presented through discussion and group activities.
Facilitator: Michael Lupo is an Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf with Pender County Schools educating deaf students Pre-K through 12th grade. He specializes in reading and writing skills as well as empowering deaf students to develop self-advocacy skills. Michael is also the vice president for the North Carolina Hands & Voices Chapter, an organization that offers parents of deaf children informed choices for their child’s education and lifelong endeavors. He is currently developing a book distribution/reading program for deaf children statewide.