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Blurry vision. Struggling to hear. Hearing nothing.
What is that like?

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This is not your typical workshop! These workshops are designed to give you an awareness of hearing loss, deaf-blindness, and deafness through discussion and activities!

The workshops are:

  • Free
  • Limited to 20 people
  • Offered multiple times during the expo
  • Registration required
    • Day-of registration accepted, as space permits

The Tactile Experience

We will begin with an introduction to deaf-blindness, including a discussion about communication techniques. We will do some hands-on experiential learning activities including a tactile awareness and communication activity. We will take some time to come back together as a group and share what we have learned, and how this information can be utilized in your workplace and everyday life.

The Tactile Experience is led by Shannon Wright. She is a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter, certified orientation & mobility specialist and certified vision rehabilitation therapist. She is a full-time independent contractor working for various agencies as well as vocational rehabilitation and public schools in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. She has given presentations and trainings related to deaf-blind interpreting, Support Service Providers, and how to provide orientation & mobility services to deaf-blind individuals throughout the U.S. and internationally. Most recently, she was chairperson of the 2016 International DeafBlind Expo held in Orlando, Florida.

Deaf Town, USA

Ever wonder what it’s like to be deaf? Come to this fun interactive workshop to get a feel of what it is like to live in a deaf person’s shoes. You will learn that a deaf person can truly do anything but hear. We will perform several life situation examples with the audience’s involvement. We will gather together and discuss what we learned and share experiences.

Deaf Town, USA is being led by Kadie Lapp Trauger and her team. Kadie was born and raised in eastern Pennsylvania, and attended Brandywine Heights School with a sign language interpreter. At age 5, she received her first cochlear implant on the right side and at age 18, she received her second cochlear implant on the left side. She was actively involved in playing tennis and soccer growing up. Kadie was also diagnosed with Usher Syndrome at age 16, but that never stopped her from loving life and continuing with her active lifestyle. After high school, she attended National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), one of the colleges of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and graduated with an associate degree with honors, and received awards for her involvement with the deaf community. With a team of students at NTID, she helped implement the Vision Support Program to help support deaf-blind students and provide resources as well as referrals. Kadie has traveled to Seattle, Washington, to help the deaf and blind community, lived in Massachusetts, California, and returned to Pennsylvania.

Kadie is married to Blake Trauger, who has a cochlear implant as well, and together they have a precious daughter, who enjoys signing with her parents.

Hearing Loss Experience

Based on the premise that we hear with our brain, our discussion will begin by exploring the natural process of hearing and getting sounds to the brain. We will then discuss the variety of compromises that may occur along the hearing system resulting in a diagnosis of deafness or hard of hearing. This discussion will be supported by hearing loss simulations, videos, and functional hearing experiences. Once hearing loss has been identified, individuals may have access to a range of amplification systems, including hearing aids, cochlear implants, FM systems, and bone-anchored devices. Participants will be able to explore these devices in detail through demonstration and hands-on opportunities. During our time together, we will also discuss the challenges associated with prelingual deafness, as well as late onset of hearing loss in the adult community. A sharing of strategies and resources to support each population will also be included.

The discussion regarding hearing loss will be facilitated by Jeana Novak, who has worked in the field of pediatric hearing loss as an early interventionist for over 25 years, and currently holds the position of early intervention coordinator at Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, at the Philadelphia campus. As a certified listening and spoken language specialist (LSLS Cert AVEd) through the Alexander Graham Bell Association, Jeana's work includes supporting families through the diagnosis and educational processes, as well as collaborating with professionals at various levels across the state to support families who have chosen listening and spoken language as their desired outcome.


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Keystone A
Tactile Experience
Keystone B
Deaf Town, USA
Keystone C
Hearing Loss Experience
12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Keystone A
Tactile Experience
Keystone B
Deaf Town, USA
Keystone C
Hearing Loss Experience
9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Registration Information

  • People may register for more than one workshop
  • When registering, provide the following information:
    • name
    • phone number
    • email address
    • workshop title, date, and time
  • Contact ODHH to register:
    Dee Dee Keiser
    717-783-4912 v/tty
    717-831-1928 videophone
  • Dee Dee will confirm your workshop request(s)


Accommodations will be provided upon request. Please make your request when you register. Deadline to request accommodations is Oct. 17, 21016.