MARCH 2-5, 2021

(Virtually the same conference, without elevators, airplane tickets, or hotel room keys)


3/03/2021  |   8:30 AM - 11:30 AM   |  Promoting Deaf Children's Development of & Proficiency in ASL & English: A Comprehensive Visual Linguistic Approach   |  Networking

Promoting Deaf Children's Development of & Proficiency in ASL & English: A Comprehensive Visual Linguistic Approach

In this session, the presenter will discuss the process of natural language development, research regarding the status of deaf students' literacy rates, and personal research regarding effective strategies for providing deaf children access in mainstream classrooms, as well as approaches to promote multilingualism via comprehensible visual input. The benefits of multilingualism will also be discuss, along with resources for parents and professionals.

  • Understand the basic principles of language development
  • Become familiar with research regarding the reality of deaf children's literacy rates
  • Identify methods for promoting visual multilingualism & the benefits

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Jennifer Cranston (), 1974, jennifer.cranston@gallaudet.edu;
With over two decades of experience working in the field of deaf education, Jennifer holds national interpreter certification from RID at the Advanced level, as well as for K-12 settings. In addition, she earned a level III on Virginia's Quality Assurance Screening for CLTs. She maintains a current Virginia teaching license and possesses endorsements in the areas of Deaf Education PreK-12, ESOL PreK-12, Elementary Education K-6, and American Sign Language (ASL). She earned her bachelor’s degree in Deaf Education from Flagler College and earned an M.Ed. from George Mason University (GMU) in ESOL Curriculum and Instruction, as it relates to teaching deaf and hard-of-hearing students. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the PhD Program for Interpretation and Translation at Gallaudet University. Jennifer has presented at various professional conferences, including TESOL, FLAVA, PCRID, VRID, EDHI, WREIC, and Silent Weekend for Interpreters. She has a passion for promoting linguistic freedom.


Financial -
No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial -
• Has a Other relationship (Executive Director of VALIDEAF) relationship for Volunteer teaching and speaking,Board membership.