Presentations and Cue Classes

Cued Speech Classes/CLT Training Program 2019: (Beginner, Intermediate, and CLT Training are pending CEU’s)

  • Beginner Cued Speech taught by Nicole Dobson, and assisted by Amy Fowler
  • Intermediate Cued Speech taught by Jill Burress
  • Cued Spanish taught by Llanley Hernandez
  • CLT Training Program- Run by Lauren Pruett of Language Matters Inc (LMI)

2019 Spring Camp Cheerio

Speaker Biographies and Topics

Jacob Landis

“Jacob’s Ride: Giving the Gift of Hearing”

Jacob Landis founded Jacob’s Ride for Hearing in 2013. Jacob experienced progressive hearing loss between the ages of 2 – 10 and received his first cochlear implant at age 10 in 1999. (Jacob became a bilateral cochlear implantee in February 2018.) He graduated from the University of MD – University College with a Business Administration degree and has worked at Whole Foods for the last ten years.  Currently, Jacob is a buyer for a large Whole Foods store in Annapolis, MD. Jacob has ridden his bicycle across the USA three times totaling nearly 20,000 miles and has appeared at over 200 functions spreading awareness and raising money for cochlear implants. As of January 2019, Jacob’s Ride for Hearing has provided the necessary funds to cover the medical charges (surgeons and hospital fees) for 15 cochlear implant surgeries. Jacob turned 30 years old in April 2019 and is engaged to be married this October.  

Randy Landis

“Father/Son: Family Perspective on Hearing Loss”

Randy Landis is is Jacob’s father and serves as the Executive Director of Jacob’s Ride for Hearing. Randy completed his education at the University of Minnesota in 1976 and enjoyed a successful business career for over 40 years. He has managed a Christian ministry, several political campaigns and worked for two Fortune 500 companies as the Director of New Venture Analysis. The majority of his career has been in banking, finance and consulting for a variety of entrepreneurial ventures. Randy’s initial commitment to Jacob’s Ride for Hearing began to help Jacob accomplish the 2013 Ride to all 30 major league baseball stadiums. His commitment and passion to this charity is now based on the transformative benefits resulting from it’s efforts.  

Lee Kube (pronounced “QB”)

“Understanding Diversity” Module 10

Lee is an advocate for individuals and families of children and youth who have special health care needs.  She is involved with many community and state level organizations and is passionate about the well-being of individuals and families.  As a parent educator and trainer she aims to support families as they navigate community systems throughout the ages and stages of a child’s life.  She is a Department of Health and Human Services Child and Youth Branch Family Partner, an Individual Education Program (IEP) Parent Partner, and a Surrogate Parent for the Asheville City School District.  Lee is the Co-Chair of the Buncombe County Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Learning Collaborative and is on the Leadership Team of the Buncombe County Children’s Collaborative.  Lee has vast experience serving organizations such as United Way, Family Support Network, and the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC).  She is also on the Board of Directors for Arms Around ASD, a non-profit that provides services for people on the autism spectrum and their families.  As a Parent Educator, Lee is a trainer in several curricula including Parents as Collaborative Leaders and the Community Resiliency Model.  She has also taught numerous workshops on the Patient Centered Medical Home Model, the Grief Cycle, and Meditation.  Lee has a BS in Financial Accounting and lives in Asheville with her husband and two sons.

Karen Anderson, PhD

“Access to Communication as the Foundation of Education”

The Supporting Success website has been available since 2012 and has quickly become recognized as a ‘go to’ site for teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing and others who work with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Karen Anderson, Director and owner of Supporting Success, has a background in educational audiology and has been in the field over 35 years, working in Minnesota, Florida, and Washington state.

Dr. Anderson’s work was first recognized by the following contributions to the field: the Screening Instruments For Targeting Educational Risk (SIFTERs), the Children’s Home Inventory of Listening Difficulties (CHILD), the Early Listening Function checklist (ELF), and the Listening Inventory For Education (LIFE). These checklists are used widely in the US, Canada, and have been translated for use in many places throughout the world.

When initiated in late 2011, the mission of the website was to improve the futures of children with hearing loss. That mission is now supported by over 300 pages of resource information, sales of more than 60 products, professional development webcasts, and a free topical Bimonthly Update newsletter that is sent to over 10,000 subscribers.  The most recent addition to Supporting Success is Teacher Tools, which was designed to meet the needs of teachers who were seeking instructional materials for their students who were hard of hearing or deaf. Teacher Tools is most recognized for its 50-page monthly e-magazine that is comprised of many instructional materials and information. Teacher Tools also has a dozen Kool Kidz Vidz which are by kids, for kids, and are meant to improve self-concept, self-advocacy, and decrease feelings of being all alone as a student with hearing loss. Teacher Tools also has an extensive materials library and a discussion forum. Taken together, Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss provides rich information for educators working with students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Dr. Anderson is also a frequent speaker nationally and internationally and is recognized for practical and implementable ways to support student success. She frequently focuses on collecting data and assessing to identify the unique needs of students with hearing loss. Finally, through Supporting Success she provides a substantial amount of information that can be used by parents and professionals to advocate for the appropriate services and service intensity needed by students with hearing loss to keep pace with their typically hearing peers. Based on the saying, “When you hear hoofbeats its usually horses, not zebras” she has encouraged use of the zebra as a means to discuss the unique needs of students with hearing loss as compared with students with attention, language, or learning disorders, with whom our students are often compared.

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