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2015 Transition Institute for Young Adults Who Are Deaf-Blind

Transition

2015 Transition Institute for Young Adults Who Are Deaf-Blind

Transition

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Representatives from 11 state projects collaborated on June 18-20, 2015 to host the annual Transition Institute for Young Adults Who Are Deaf-Blind at the Kavanaugh Conference and Retreat Center in Crestwood, KY. The institute was open to youth with combined vision and hearing loss ages 16 to 22 who are on a path to work, technical school, or college.



Participants embraced the theme of the weekend, "Accessing the Dream,” through the informative and inspirational presentations of deaf-blind youth mentors and the keynote presented by Vicky Magliocchino, whose message inspires people to become empowered and self-determined. Participants and their families engaged in learning activities to help build self-determination, increase expectations, improve their "brand," and increase their knowledge of how to advocate more effectively in school settings.

The youth mentors, who all had different educational backgrounds, life experiences, and support needs, were very determined to drive home the message of self-determination. They emphasized that leadership takes many different forms, but in every case the person needs an opportunity. This opportunity may occur as the result of family engagement, effective teachers, and/or interest and leadership skills on the part of the young adult. The youth participants were challenged to think strategically about their own personal journeys and goals. How would their families become more involved and committed to achieving these goals? The participants walked away from this institute with expanded social networks, advocacy strategies, and a better understanding of how their families can help them achieve their goals.

The mentors learned quite a bit from each other. One of them expressed it best when she told the participants, “I was in your seat not too long ago. I lacked the confidence and found that I had very little control over anything in my life. I did not know that a person with a vision or hearing loss could do great things. I did not know that there was anybody other than Helen Keller. How could I relate to a historical figure? It all changed when I met a professional who was deaf-blind and he was funny and smart. I learned a lot at the first workshop I attended in the Southeast. I am a leader who happens to be also deaf-blind. I want you all to forget about your disability and start thinking about your future. You don’t have control over how much you see or hear, but a successful future is yours and you control that."


Group photo of institute participants on the grass with trees in the background. All are wearing blue shirts with institute logo.


Here are a few post-institute highlights from young adults who attended:

  1. Danielle Burton has received a $5,000 scholarship from Guiding Eyes. The scholarship will assist with paying for her junior year in college. Congratulations, Danielle!
  2. Mary Elizabeth Davis has been recognized for her art accomplishments in the Harlan Daily Enterprise (http://harlandaily.com/news/881/local-art-shown). The article was posted on July 3, 2015. Mary is responsible for drawing the horse which became the logo for this year's institute. The drawing of the horse was presented to the Kentucky Derby Museum, where it is currently displayed. Mary hopes to pursue a career in art.
  3. David Gonzalez began his freshman year of college in August at Jefferson Community and Technical College in Louisville. His goal is to transfer to Gallaudet University in his junior year. Congratulations, David!
  4. Lanie Conley graduated from high school in June and started the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Program in August. Congratulations, Lanie!


Collage of 12 photos from the institute. Top row: 1. A line of participants stands with their feet on two wooden planks during the ropes course. 2. A participant exchanges a high five with an adult. 3. A girl decorates cupcakes. 4. A boy sits in jockey position on a full-size model horse. Middle row: 5. A girl uses an embosser on a poster of Haben Girma. 6. Three participants reach into a blue bucket. 7. A participant pets a horse. 8. Several participants work on preparing a salad. Bottom row: 9. A youth participant converses with an adult in tactile ASL. 10. Mary Davis stands next to a man with a microphone who is holding a framed version of her drawing. 11. An adult assists a participant with the ropes course. 12. Three participants pose next to a full-size model horse.


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