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The Department of Communicative Sciences and Deaf Studies at Fresno State

This department trains professionals to work in the public sector in the areas of speech-language pathology, audiology, deaf education, deaf studies, and interpreting. Degrees in these specialized disciplines are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Visit them on the web at

The Silent Garden Lecture slides and material

Scarlett's Park Conference slides and material 

2021 Conference: 

  • Stephanie W. Cawthon 
    "Deaf students with learning disabilities: Considering root causes in the design of supportive learning environments"
  • Peter C. Hauser
    "Deaf Neurodiversity"
  • M. Natasha Kordus
    "Unpacking learning disabilities: What really works with Deaf and Hard of Hearing kids"
  • Jennifer Labriola-Megee
    "How to embrace reading and math challenges and make literacy-based learning work in the classrooms with students that have learning disabilities"

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2022 Conference: 

  • Dr. Kasee Stratton-Gadke
    "Understanding CHARGE Syndrome and Recent Research Findings"
  • Christopher Russell, TVI
    "Availability for Learning and the CHARGE Syndrome Experience"
  • Susanne Morgan Morrow, MA, CI/CT
    "Communication Needs & Modifications to Sign Language for Learners with CHARGE"

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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center, Inc.

DHHSC is a private, non-profit social service agency that serves individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and late-deafened, their families, friends, and community service providers. DHHSC’s headquarter office is located in Fresno (serves Fresno County) and has been in operation since 1984. Learn more by visiting


 Silent Garden Books

"The Silent Garden: Raising Your Deaf Child" is available in Spanish and English, including in audio format. 

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