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Hearing Loss Expo 2016
Educational Presentations

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016
Educational Presentations

Time Keystone D
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. The Americans with Disabilities Act: Deaf & Hard of Hearing Issues
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Making Language Learning Fun Through Play

The Americans with Disabilities Act: Deaf & Hard of Hearing Issues

This PowerPoint presentation will cover the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and how it affects the deaf and hard of hearing community as it applies to the application period, pre-hire, hiring process, and the workplace. The presenter will talk about employment rights and reasonable accommodation under the ADA, what an employer may do and not do, how to file a complaint and the current status of the law.

Our presenter, Kurt J. Jung, is an Attorney with for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He currently is involved with the processing of employment discrimination cases involving federal employees. As a former enforcement supervisor, Kurt oversaw the investigation of charges of discrimination filed pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Equal Pay Act and the Genetic Information Act of 2008. Prior to becoming a supervisor, he was an EEOC trial attorney and litigated employment discrimination cases on behalf of aggrieved parties and the commission.

As an EEOC Philadelphia District Office speaker to employer and constituency groups, he has presented on topics related to the mission of the commission, and has provided technical assistance to businesses as the district’s small business liaison. He also has extensive experience as an EEOC investigator. He speaks and gives presentations to the Philadelphia area deaf and hard of hearing communities concerning employment discrimination, and has been a panelist during various outreach events.

Making Language Learning Fun Through Play

As adults, often we forget the importance of play in learning. This workshop will be a hands on learning experience for families of deaf and hard of hearing children and the professionals who work with them. Tips for making both visual and spoken language learning activities fun for families through games, play and experience will be shared. Plan to be an active participant in this session – bring your best ideas and tools to share with others.

Our presenter, Mary Ann Stefko, assistant principal of the Scranton School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children, earned a Master of Education in counselor education and a Bachelor of Science degree in communication disorders from Penn State University. Her 30+ years include teaching students from preschool to high school age, in both residential and inclusive settings; educational interpreting, presenting and training on deafness and hearing loss to families, educators and the business communities; and teaching at the college level. Mary Ann is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Scranton as well as Marywood University. Her passion is early intervention and seeing children and families learn together.

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016
Educational Presentations

Time Keystone D
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Fundamentals of Estate Planning
11 a.m. - noon 2017 Mass Care Exercise
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Legislative & Policy Advocacy

Fundamentals of Estate Planning

This workshop will provide basic information for the planning and preparation of the following four legal documents: will, living will, power of attorney, and durable healthcare power of attorney.

The presentation will be led by Madelaine N. Baturin, Esq. who is an attorney in private practice and has represented clients for more than 20 years in different legal matters including civil and criminal. She is currently the chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Legal Services to Persons with Disabilities Committee and is active on other committees of the Dauphin County Bar Association.

2017 Mass Care Exercise

Planning for disasters never ends, just one cycle ends and another begins. The Department of Human Services is the coordinating commonwealth agency for Emergency Support Function – 6, Mass Care, Emergency Assistance, Housing and Human Services.

In order to ensure that the commonwealth is ready to respond to disasters, a large mass care exercise is being planned to take place in August 2017. Persons with disabilities or access and functional needs are a key planning element. This presentation will describe how the Department of Human Services is integrating this important planning piece into the overall exercise.

Our presenter, Robert Kabata, Commonwealth’s mass care coordinator, is responsible for the State Managed Shelter System, shelters established by the state to support local and county organizations, Red Cross or an Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) from a neighboring state. He was the primary planner for the commonwealth’s support of mass care operations during the papal visit and other events.

Prior to coming to PADHS, Robert Kabata worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Health, conducting numerous trainings and exercises for public health preparedness. Previously, Robert was a U.S. Navy Corpsman for 11 years, specializing in public health.

Legislative & Policy Advocacy

This workshop will help you be a more effective advocate with your elected officials. We’ll focus on the Pennsylvania General Assembly, but the ideas we’ll share apply to any policy maker. We’ll begin with a brief description of state government and how a bill becomes law. Then we’ll move on to discuss the rules of successful advocacy.

This workshop is being co-presented by Terry Roth and George Taylor.

Terry Roth is an attorney who has represented disability, human services, and health organizations in legislative and administrative policy matters for more than 30 years.

George B. Taylor’s prior experience includes being deputy secretary of the Office of Children, Youth and Families and deputy secretary of the Office of Social Programs for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He currently does consulting and conducts statewide trainings on facilitation, strategic planning, organizing and advocacy.