Presentations and Cue Classes

Cued Speech Classes/CLT Training Program 2020:

  • Level 1 Beginners will be taught by Nicole Dobson

  • Level 2 Beyond Beginners/Low Intermediate will be taught by Suzy Brown

  • Level 3 High Intermediate/Advanced will be taught by Amy Fowler

  • Cued Spanish taught by Llanley Hernandez
  • CLT Training Program- Run by Lauren Pruett of Language Matters Inc (LMI)

2020 Spring Camp Cheerio

Speaker Biographies and Topics

Matt Gilmore:

When I was a kid, I looked up to a firefighter who gave a presentation about fire safety at my school during Fire prevention day. I was born deaf but I have had a cochlear implant since I was 2 years old. I have a small deaf family. My father, my twin brother, and sister are all deaf. All 4 of us have cochlear implants. I’m so lucky to have a family who is able to support to each other. When I graduated from high school, I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a firefighter because my family serves the community and the country as well. While pursuing my goal, I’ve been through discrimination, oppression, and had obstacles in my path to reach my dream. The lesson I learned through this is, “no matter how many times you fall down, get up again and continue to fight for your dream. Always keep your faith, be patient, and believe in the ability of others.” After 5 years of struggling and working, I can finally say that I’m certified firefighter and soon to be a certified EMT!

My goal is to work with 911 responders, medical staff, and other first responders to teach them about deaf culture/non-verbal people. I also want to teach them some basic sign language so they can understand and be able to communicate. Hopefully one day I will work with them!My point is that being deaf doesn’t stop me from dreaming of what I want to be. I wanted to be a first responder and serve the community and I’ll continue to fight for my future goals.

Always believe that there are opportunities out there. All we have to do is to pull up our sleeves and get to work!

Kelleigh Bland:

Kelleigh joined BEGINNINGS in November 2014. She is the Lead Parent Educator and serves the Charlotte and surrounding areas as well as supporting the 9 other Parent Educators across the state. She spent 9 years teaching children who are deaf and hard of hearing, from ages 3 to 20, in Union County and Cabarrus County public schools, in both the classroom and as an itinerant teacher.  She graduated from Lenoir Rhyne College in Hickory with degrees in Early Education and Deaf Education.

Laura Dawson:

Frustrated by the career advice she received as a teen and young adult, Laura Dawson is working to make sure that disability and hearing loss do not define a persons career path.  She has held specialty caseloads of Transition and now Deaf/Hard of Hearing while working at Vocational Rehabilitation where she helps students and families explore career options, identify accommodations, and navigate a career path.  Laura will discuss her work at Vocational Rehabilitation and the focus on integrating disability needs at the same level as personal goals & interests while taking into account the job market.

Brenda Freeman:

Brenda Lusk Freeman is Community Accessibility Specialist with NC Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing – Charlotte Regional Center for 15 years. She is a native of Davidson County, NC. She graduated from North Carolina School for the Deaf in 1984 and Gallaudet University in 1990. She attends Rowan County Emergency Operations Plan meeting, is on the Rowan County Emergency Respond Team (CERT), Cabarrus County Accessibility Advisory Committee meeting and City of Charlotte American with Disabilities Act meeting. She works around 10 counties helping agencies and clients around Charlotte helping educate them about Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind communities and resources on accessibility.

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