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Deaf Studies Today!

Mini-Conference, April 17, 2020

Deaf Education: A Lens on Cultural Conflict

Key Note Speakers

Dr. Wyatte Hall

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Dr. Hall’s keynote will highlight potential causes and effects of Language Deprivation Syndrome.

Wyatte C. Hall, Ph.D. is a Research Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Public Health Sciences, and Neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. As a deaf population health researcher, he focuses on connecting childhood language experiences to adult outcomes with a particular focus on the phenomenon of language deprivation. He has published in scientific journals including Maternal & Child Health Journal, American Journal of Public Health, and the Bulletin of the World Health Organization. He is also co-editor of the recently-published book “Language Deprivation and Deaf Mental Health.”

Dr. Kristin Snoddon

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Dr. Snoddon's keynote will highlight sign language policy and planning in early language acquisition.

Kristin Snoddon, Ph.D. is Associate Professor with the School of Early Childhood Studies, Ryerson University. Her research and professional experience includes collaborative work with deaf communities in developing sign language and early literacy programming for young deaf children and their parents. Additionally, she analyzes policy issues related to inclusive education, sign language rights, and acquisition planning for ASL. Her publications have appeared in the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, Canadian Modern Language Review, Current Issues in Language Planning, Disability & Society, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, International Journal of Inclusive Education, International Journal of Multilingualism, Sign Language Studies, and Writing & Pedagogy..

See more about Dr. Snoddon at Ryerson University

Utah Valley University

April 17, 2020

Clarke Building Auditorium (CB 101b)


Time Topic Speaker
 8:45-8:55 Announcements and Speaker Introductions  
 9:00–10:15  Opening Keynote
Language Deprivation Syndrome
 Dr. Wyatte Hall
10:30–11:00  Adding to Deaf Students' Toolbox:
Teaching About the Affordable Care Act
Dale Boam, JD
11:00–11:30  Opportunity and Challenges of Opening a New School for the
Deaf and the Blind from an Administrator's Perspective
Deanna Glasser, MA 
11:30-12:00  Special Education Law and Its Impact on Deaf Education   Dr. Freeman King
1:15–2:30  Afternoon Keynote
Sign Language Planning and Early Literacy
 Dr. Kristin Snoddon
2:30–3:00  How to Map Complex ASL Constructs  Dr. Curt Radford
3:00–4:00  Fishbowl
Deaf Education: Surviving or Thriving?
 Moderated by Dr. Michael Ballard
7:00–9:30 Lone Peak High School Movie Screening  


About Deaf Studies Today!

The Deaf Studies Today! conference is a professional, academic conference that brings together the brightest minds and latest thinking within the interdisciplinary field of Deaf Studies. Deaf Studies Today! and the ASL & Deaf Studies program at Utah Valley University will host a mini-conference for UVU students and those willing to join UVU students for a single day event Friday, April 17, 2020. For information on the mini-conference, check back here often for updates on additional speakers, registration, and more.

Running from 2004 to 2014 the biennial Deaf Studies Today! conference quickly became the primary site for the exchange of information and thinking for anyone interested in Deaf Studies. The conference has also become an important cultural "place" where Deaf people gather to create, renew and maintain relationships. After a four year break, Deaf Studies Today! has returned with a series of mini-conferences in 2018 & 2020.

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