January 27, 2021 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
This is an online event
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Wise Wedesday Webinars:

DeafBlind History, People, and Language

 with Keith Clark

Please join us on Wednesday, January 27 for our webinar, DeafBlind History, People, and Language” with Keith Clark.

This training will cover DeafBlind history, people, and language.  Participants will learn about Seattle and Lighthouse’s role in evolution of DeafBlind community.  We will discuss protactile, an emerging language of DeafBlind, and how it leads to increased access to information.  The concept of autonomy and distantism will be analyzed to better understand how we can support DeafBlind individuals and communitites to thrive.  Lastly, we will understand how to maintain access while also staying healthy and safe through the global pandemic. 

Learning Objectives (Info, tools, and skills attendees will receive):

  • Lighthouse services and part in history- link to Lighthouse websites and contact information
  • Protactile language- link to seven principles (text and video) and current research
  • Distantism- Link to article by John Lee Clark
  • CDC guidelines for when it is not possible to maintain social distance

Do you require an accommodation, materials in alternate format or have inquiries about accessibility in this event? If so, please reach out to [email protected] no later than 5pm Friday prior to this webinar. Due to the short turnaround of our webinar series we are unable to accommodate same day requests. We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully.

*Please note: Wise maintains registration and attendance records for our events and training programs. Attendees that fully participate in events and/or complete training programs will receive a certificate to document  full participation as back up for billing purposes.  Wise is required to monitor participation in our courses and provide reports to our funding sources so that they may utilize these records in the course of their audits of programs. These reports may include actual time spent by attendee name, event/training title, county and state. Reports are provided to ensure there is documented proof of the appropriate use of government funds for the purposes of professional development.

There are no refunds for those that do not attend the scheduled webinar. If you do miss the webinar, we will provide you with a code to access the next webinar free. 

Good news, this webinar has been pre-approved for 2 hours of APSE CESP continuing education (CE).

Wise provides Washington State Educator/Teacher Clock Hours for our webinars. For more information and to request Clock Hours, please click here. 

Keith Clark
Keith Clark, a DeafBlind leader, is native of Minnesota that transplanted to Seattle in 2016 to become the first DeafBlind Director of DeafBlind Programs Services at The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.  Keith holds a Bachelors’ in Psychology and Masters’ in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  Keith has worked for over 15 years in various settings serving the DeafBlind and Deaf communities in various roles.  Keith has worked at group home, live in caregiver, mental health hospital, residential education, and family and children case manager.  After obtaining his Master’s he became licensed (LPCC) lead staff therapist then program manager at a non-profit agency in San Francisco for five years before coming to Seattle.  In his role at Lighthouse, he has led countless training and education on topics of advocacy, leadership, and access for all. Keith enjoys cooking, reading, exploring all corners of the world, and community work.  
Supported employment is rooted in the firm belief that all people deserve respect, dignity, and self-determination.  Here at Wise, we are committed to standing up for and embracing positive changes in policies and practices to stamp out oppression and discrimination in our institutions and systems. We are focused on our mission of inclusion and equitable employment for people with disabilities. With this in mind, we ask that all participants extend respect, humility and grace during our events. We strive to create a learning platform where we all leave with new ways of thinking, doing and moving supported employment forward.
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