October 23, 2020

Annual CAEDHH-BC Conference



        Deadline to register: Oct. 14, 2020

        Space is limited, register early!

*See conference rates in table below*


Michelle Schmidt, Ph.D.

Director of Instruction & Student Support in Surrey School District

Michelle Schmidt, Ph.D., has been involved in public education for 30 years, as an educator, school psychologist, and school-based administrator. Michelle has been involved in many inter-ministerial initiatives geared toward meeting the needs of children and youth who have complex needs, and has presented nationally and internationally. Michelle is a passionate advocate for children, youth, and their families, and in 2017, the Canadian Association of Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing recognized Michelle with the Advocate Award. Michelle is currently a member of the BC Council of Administrators for Inclusive Support in Education, the Council for Exceptional Children, the Canadian Association of Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing—BC Chapter, Deafblind International, and the British Columbia School Superintendents Association. Presently, Michelle is Director of Instruction, Student Support, in School District No. 36 (Surrey).


Dr.  Joanne Weber

 TDHH at Winston Knoll Collegiate, author of The Pear Orchard and The Deaf House, and artistic director of Deaf Crows Collective


Session Topic: English as an Additional Language (EAL) strategies and resources in bimodal bilingual education 

Dr. Nancy Norman

Professor in the Faculty of Education at Vancouver Island University, Previous TDHH in Richmond School District

Session Topic: Building your tool box: Social inclusion strategies and practices for d/DHH students K-12

Dr.  Joanne Weber is a Deaf teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at Winston Knoll Collegiate.  Her dissertation is titled: “Becoming deaf in the posthuman era: Posthumanism, arts-based research and deaf education”.  Her research interests include language and literacy education, arts based literacy interventions, arts-based research, arts education, posthumanism, applied linguistics and sign language studies. She was awarded the Governor General Academic Gold Medal at the University of Regina Convocation in June 2019. Joanne is also a published author. Her books, The Pear Orchard (poetry) and The Deaf House (creative nonfiction) were finalists in the Saskatchewan Book Awards (2007, 2013). Joanne is also a leader in the Deaf community at provincial and national levels. Her lifelong passion is to improve the quality of education for deaf students. She is the artistic director of Deaf Crows Collective which aims to provide opportunities for theatre performance by deaf actors of all ages to celebrate Deaf culture, encourage self-expression, and foster relationships between hearing and Deaf communities. Joanne has been nominated for a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in the field of deaf education at the University of Alberta. She hopes to take up this position in the fall of 2020. She is currently University of Regina instructor; TDHH Regina Public Schools; York University instructor; and Artistic Director of the Deaf Crows Initiative.

More info about Joanne https://ca.linkedin.com/in/joanne-weber-23758670

Dr. Nancy Norman is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at Vancouver Island University, in both the Teacher Education and Master of Special Education Programs. Nancy also holds a faculty appointment in the Faculty of Arts at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, in the Education Assistant  Program. Previously, Nancy spent 14 years as an itinerant teacher of the deaf and hard-of-hearing in the Richmond School District. Her research focuses on ways to promote the development of social-emotional competences and social inclusion for children and youth who are deaf and hard of hearing (K-12), as well as how school-based professionals build professional resilience and well-being.

Dr. Natalia Rohatyn-Martin

Assistant Professor in Human Service and Early Learning, MacEwan University

Session Topic: 

The impact of fatigue on students who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH) in educational settings

Dr. Denyse Hayward 

Associate Professor in Special Education, University of Alberta

Session Topic: 

The impact of fatigue on students who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH) in educational settings

Dr. Natalia Rohatyn-Martin is Assistant Professor, MacEwan University. Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Natalia has consulted locally and provincially. Her presentations include provincial professional development days throughout Alberta, as well as various national and international leading conferences including ICED, ACE-DHH and CSSE. She completed an undergraduate degree in psychology at York University, an after-degree in education and her Masters at the University of Western Ontario, and completed her PhD at the University of Alberta in Educational Psychology/Special Education. As a teacher (certified in Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan), and as the sister of a Deaf sibling who was educated in both specialized and mainstream settings, her desire to educate audiences on the importance of student perceptions of inclusion, and student fatigue are strong passions. Her expertise is on students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, D/HH, inclusion, fatigue, qualitative research, community-based research and evaluation. Natalia is interested in the experiences of students in inclusive schools, professional development (PD) of elementary and secondary teachers, particularly in Deaf Education, and the impact of cognitive and physical fatigue on varying student populations.

Dr. Denyse Hayward is Associate Professor, University of Alberta. She received her doctorate in speech-language pathology from the University of Alberta in 2003. She is a Professor (Special Education) in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. She is a co-author of three assessment instruments: the Test of Early Language and Literacy (TELL), Sound Access Parent Outcomes Instrument (SAPOI), and Edmonton Narrative Norms Instruction (ENNI). She has recently published Other Ways of Seeing Inclusion, a textbook constructed with learner diversity at the forefront (chapters may be watched with closed captioning or read). She has also co-authored an alphabet book for beginning and struggling readers based on the best available emergent literacy research, Alphabet Stage.



8:00 – 8:45 Jamie Corpuz & Alana Haller CAEDHH-BC AGM

9:00 – 9:20 Welcome

9:20 – 10:30 Dr. Michelle Schmidt Keynote Presentation.  “Collaborative Practices: The Key to Successful Inclusion”

10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 12:00 Various facilitators 6 Breakout Session: Supporting d/DHH students

                                  1. Transition

                                  2. Virtual learning

                                  3. Social/ emotional support

                                  4. d/Dhh with disabilities

                                  5. Self-advocacy

                                  6. Collaboration

12:00 – 12:45 Lunch

12:45 – 1:00 Awards Ceremony

1:00 – 1:50 Afternoon Session 1 “Supporting Deaf and Hard of Hearing students in classrooms”

Session Presenter #1 Dr. Joanne Weber “English as an additional language (EAL) strategies and resources in bimodal bilingual education”

Session Presenter #2 Dr. Natalia Rohatyn-Martin & Dr. Denyse Hayward “The impact of fatigue on students who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH) in educational settings”

Session Presenter #3 Dr. Nancy Norman “Building your tool box: Social inclusion strategies and practices for d/DHH students K-12″

2:00 – 2:50 Afternoon Session 2

Repeat of 1:00 Session based on the selections in your Registration form

3:00 Closing remarks and wrap up


Small Group Discussions (10:45-12:00) – Supporting d/Dhh students
There will be 6 virtual groups with a facilitator for each. When registering, you will be asked to choose one group you would like to join during this session of the conference. We are limiting these sessions to a maximum of 17 people per group. When the maximum is reached for a particular group, we will close that group and eliminate it from the list of available groups (i.e., the selection list will grow shorter).
            1. Transition
            2. Virtual learning
            3. Social/ emotional support
            4. d/Dhh with disabilities
            5. Self-advocacy
            6. Collaboration
Afternoon Sessions (1:00-2:50)
There are 3 presenters available for the afternoon. Each presenter’s session lasts 50 minutes and will be repeated in the next hour with the same content. When registering, you will be asked to choose one presenter whose session you would like to attend for #1 Afternoon Session (1:00-1:50) and to choose another for #2 Afternoon Session (2:00-2:50).
        1. Dr. Joanne Weber: Bilingual-Bicultural Strategies for Learners who use ASL
        2. Dr. Natalia Rohatyn-Martin & Dr. Denyse Hayward: Fatigue in the classroom
        3. Dr. Nancy Norman: Social Inclusion Strategies

Zoom Online Learning Platform

Due to the uncertainties of the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis, CAEDHH-BC will be offering this year’s conference online as opposed to our usual in-person setting. We will be setting up our conference so there are plenty of opportunities for collaboration and discussion between attendees. More details will come closer to the conference date.




Technology Tips for attending the online meeting:

  • Watch the YouTube video to understand how to access a Zoom meeting
  • You have the option to view several windows for this online conference: 
    • presenter’s face
    • presenter’s slides
    • Interpreter
    • captioning
  • Think about how you want to view the conference and which of these windows are important to view as a full screen and which ones you don’t mind having as a smaller picture-in-picture window.  This preference will depend on the needs of the viewers.  You may need to have more than one projector/screen to allow you more choices for viewing.  You will need to “pin” the window you would like to see the largest by using the menu located when you click on the three dots in the upper right corner of a particular participant’s video.

https://youtu.be/EsYvG-jkBJQ?t=123 (How to pin videos)