University of Vermont

Deaf Awareness Week 2010

Deaf Awareness Week 2010 Poster thumbnailDEAF AWARENESS WEEK 2010
University of Vermont

Voice interpreters will be provided at all events.
Admission is FREE and open to the public!
Campus map for location/directions:
Event Coordinator: Keri Ogrizovich kogrizov(at)

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Mick Posner Head PhotoMONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th: KICK-OFF PRESENTATION “Trends in Deaf Education” with Mick Posner, M.S.
Waterman Memorial Lounge (2nd floor), 6 pm - 8 pm

There are many characteristics that distinguish Deaf Education from Special Education. Mick will explore the multiple approaches, including different pedagogies and theories. Emphasis will be made on the individual needs of Deaf students in a classroom setting. Current trends in Deaf education will be also discussed and elaborated to include implications on students' long-term success and performance on annual assessments. With the increase in the number of Deaf students enrolled in mainstream programs, it is more critical than ever to ensure that Deaf students have total access to their education, to language development and the ability to exchange ideas with others.

Mick Posner is a vocational rehabilitation counselor with the State of Connecticut's Bureau of Rehabilitation Services and an adjunct professor at Manchester Community College where he teaches American Sign Language. In addition, he also teaches ASL to ESPN staff as part of their professional development program. Previously, Mick worked as an English teacher at the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, CT and was a Program Coordinator at the Rochester School for the Deaf in Rochester, NY.

Davis Center Silver Maple Balloom (4th floor), 6 pm - 8 pm

Join us in an evening of ASL games amongst peers and ASL students. ASL V students will be your hosts, which means a good time is guaranteed! Everyone is welcome, regardless of signing level and experience!

Davis Center Brennan's Pub (basement), 6 pm - 8 pm

Chuck Bearman performing an ASL joke. An ASL skit being performed by a group of

Join us in an evening of ASL poetry and storytelling at Brennan's Pub at the University of Vermont. Students from ASL II, ASL III and ASL V classes will perform ABC Stories, Handshape Stories, Deaf jokes and many more! Meanwhile, other students, interpreters, ASL pros, die-hards, and anyone who can sign are also encouraged to come on stage and give it a try! Those who do not know ASL or are not comfortable with signing in front of an audience can join us by being our audience members to witness ASL storytelling and poetry in motion. Food and drinks will be sold at Brennan's Pub.

A Permanent Grave, a deaf film.

Stafford Hall Room 101, 6 pm - 8 pm (post-movie discussion to follow)

“A Permanent Grave” is a film directed and filmed by well-known and former Austine School for the Deaf (in Vermont) student, Wayne Betts. Produced by Mosdeux and presented in American Sign Language, this edge-of-the-seat thriller focuses on Jimmy Leeds (Howie Seago), a high school science teacher, who desperately wants to help his students deal with the real world - but he finds himself incapable of dealing with his own problems.

Davis Center 2nd floor fireplace eating area (across from New World Tortilla); join in anytime between 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Topic of discussion: “Deaf = Disability???” What does ‘disability’ really mean? Are Deaf people disabled? Why or why not? How does the ADA impact those with disabilities and those who are Deaf? Should the terminology ‘disability’ even exist? Is labeling necessary? Why is our society stuck on labeling people? How does labeling impact people, both negatively and positively? Join us in sharing and listening to different life experiences as a Deaf person and whether Deaf people identify with the label ‘disability’ or not.

The Unstoppable Rene Pellerin Logo

Davis Center Sugar Maple and Summit rooms (4th floor), 7pm-9pm
Q & A after the show

René Pellerin, born in Quebec, Canada moved to Vermont at a young age. He graduated from Austine School for the Deaf and then went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree from Gallaudet University. He, his brother, three aunts and uncles have Usher Syndrome. Those who inherit it are usually Deaf and blind. René has dedicated his professional life to the Deaf community, with positions at DEAF, Inc. in Allston, Massachusetts and at Vocational Rehabilitation for 2 years in Vermont. After that, René worked as the State Coordinator for the Deaf in Vermont for 15 years. His last four years of working, he was the Coordinator for Northern Vermont under the Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

René was instrumental in the passage of laws supporting the needs of members of Deaf community and sign language interpreters throughout Vermont. His community outreach and service is well-known throughout the state. Long recognized by his Deaf peers as an amazing entertainer, he is a sought-after storyteller for various events. In recent years, René has expanded his repertoire of comedic performances to include general audiences at Deaf and Interpreter events as well as local community theatres.

On a personal note, René has been married to an interpreter, Joan, for 31 years. Together they have four adult children, two teenage adopted daughters and one three-year-old grandson. René lives in a small town in Vermont surrounded by the Green Mountains. René is NOT re-tired but is now re-energized!

Archives of Past Deaf Awareness Week events:

Deaf Awareness Week 2009

Deaf Awareness Week 2008

Deaf Awareness Week 2007

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