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The Silent Garden

Scarlett's Park Conference 

Register for Scarletts Park Conference

Scarlett's Park in the Silent Garden at Fresno State is an annual conference focusing on Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults with special needs. Each year we invite distinguished lecturers from across the United States to share their knowledge and expertise with our community. 

Through the generosity of our supporters, we offer this conference free of charge to ensure as many people as possible have access to the important resources and information shared at the event.

2022 Conference 

The two-day virtual conference will include a virtual presentation on "Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children with CHARGE Syndrome" and will include feature presentations by three experts in the field. Register for one or both days at the links below in order to receive a confirmation notice and login information. 

Friday, September 23, 2022  (4 - 6:30 p.m., PST) |  Saturday, September 24, 2022  (9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., PST)

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Speakers and Presentations 

Scarletts Park Speakers

Keynote Address:

Dr. Kasee Stratton-Gadke
Associate Professor, School Psychology
Mississippi State University 

"Understanding CHARGE Syndrome and Recent Research Findings" 

Serving students and individuals with CHARGE can be complex, yet as professionals, it can also be one of the most unique learning opportunities we have in our careers. This presentation will introduce CHARGE, its medical complexities, learning challenges, and behaviors. Research driven recommendations to better serve individuals with CHARGE will be provided.


Susanne Morgan Morrow, MA, CI/CT
Project Director, New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative

"Communication Needs and Modifications to Sign Language for Learners with CHARGE" 

Individuals with CHARGE Syndrome have a very broad range of communication representations, ranging from emerging communication skills to formalized language. Some individuals use spoken language, some use sign language and others use object symbols for communication. This presentation will address some common communication supports for optimal receptive and expressive communication.


Christopher Russell, TVI
Project Coordinator, New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative 

"Availability for Learning and the CHARGE Syndrome Experience" 

Individuals with CHARGE Syndrome often have difficulty in achieving or maintaining availability for learning due to a combination of internal and external influences, including a variety of biophysical and environmental factors. This session provides an overview of the unique impacts of CHARGE Syndrome on availability for learning, and an updated approach to student-centered assessment and intervention.

Learn more about each presenter

Panel Sessions

Parents of children and young adults with CHARGE Syndrome
Moderated by: Penni Echols, Board Member of CHARGE Syndrome Foundation

Young Adults with CHARGE Syndrome
Moderated by: Susanne Morgan Morrow, Project Director at New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative 

Friday, September 23, 2022
Time Agenda
4:00 - 4:15 p.m. Welcome remarks:
Dr. Denise Seabert, dean of the College of Health and Human Services 
Dr. Paul W. Ogden, founder of The Silent Garden
4:15 - 6:15 p.m. Keynote Address: Dr. Kasee Stratton-Gadke
"Understanding CHARGE Syndrome and Recent Research Findings"


Saturday, September 24, 2022
Time Agenda
9:00 - 9:10 a.m. Introductions by Dr. Paul W. Ogden
9:10 - 11:15 a.m. Speaker: Christopher Russell, TVI
"Availability for Learning and the CHARGE Syndrome Experience"
11:15 - 11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 - 11:35 a.m. Introductions by Dr. Paul W. Ogden
11:35 a.m. - 12:35 p.m. Panel: Parents of Children/Young Adults with CHARGE Syndrome
Moderator: Penni Echols
12:35 - 1:15 p.m. Break
1:15  - 3:00 p.m. Speaker: Susanne Morgan Morrow, MA, CI/CT
"Communication Needs and Modifications to Sign Language for Learners with CHARGE Syndrome"
3:00 - 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 - 4:15 p.m. Panel: Adults with CHARGESyndrome
Moderator: Susanne Morgan Morrow
4:15 - 4:30 p.m. Closing remarks by Dr. Paul W. Ogden

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Additional Information

Registration and Fees

  • The Scarlett's Park Conference is 100% free for all attendees. 
  • CEU units available for $35, but registration for both days is required. 


  • Sign language interpreting and closed captions will be provided.
  • For questions or accommodations, contact Beth Wilkinson at


  • College of Health and Human Services at Fresno State
  • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc.
  • Texas Health and Human Services