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The Silent Garden

2021 Silent Garden Lecture

Register for the 2021 Silent Garden Lecture

The two-day virtual event will feature presentations by speaker, Jennifer White, CEO of Able Opportunities, Inc. Register for one or both days at the links below in order to receive a confirmation notice and login information. 

2021 Theme

The 2021 Silent Garden Lecture Series will focus on the transitions of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students from school to employment. Because Deaf and Hard of Hearing students are often deprived of full language access throughout childhood, they can experience gaps in world information and require specialized help to find jobs. 

The lecture will provide current and much-needed guidance for teachers, educators and professionals working with high-risk students seeking to enter the workforce. The topic is “School to Work Transition Planning with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students.”

Silent Garden Conference Objectives:

  • To provide attendees with access to a file of resource tools for transition planning and self-directed job search.
  • To identify collaborative partners for successful transition planning.
  • To learn iPad and App accommodation tools to strengthen person-driven strategies.
  • To understand the meaning of “compliance to alliance” and provide tools/strategies to support its outcome.

Fees & Costs

  • The Silent Garden Lecture is 100% free for all event attendees
  • 1.0 CEU unit is available, but registration for both days (part 1 and part 2) is required
    • An additional 4 hours of project work, utilizing tools to prepare and teach students, due by March 31, 2021.

About Jennifer White

Jennifer WhiteJennifer is a seasoned subject matter expert, designing and implementing projects that further Employment First strategies in transition programs and community employment agencies across the nation. She has long pioneered person-driven communication tools and services for people who are nonlinguistic. She specializes in successful business minded tools, innovative high tech accommodations (like the Work Autonomy App), and collaborative design resulting in structures that sustain successful employment outcomes. She is a corporate consultant supporting affirmative action hiring initiatives of people with the most significant disabilities, starting with the WIN Program at Harrison Medical Center in 2006 to present work with international fortune 500 corporations.

Accommodations

Sign language interpreting and closed captions will be provided. For questions, contact bwilkinson@csufresno.edu.

 

About the Silent Garden Lecture Series

Bringing education and awareness to the Valley

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Supported by the Silent Garden Education Fund through a grant from the Lawrence W. Levine Foundation and many other friends of the Silent Garden, the Silent Garden Lectures bring education and awareness to the Central Valley and beyond.

The lecture series began in 2013 as a way to foster opportunity, understanding and awareness for the Deaf and hard of hearing community. Through an endowment from The Silent Garden Education Fund, continued support for workshops and other outreach opportunities for alumni, friends, practitioners, educators and family members are made available.

Learn about our past lectures.