Family Conference

Raising a Deaf/Hard of Hearing Child: Planting Seeds for Success

Workshop Presenters: Germaine Graham and Dr. Rashaun Davis

Youth Program: Sunshine 2.0

Date: Saturday, July 16, 2022

Time: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

FREE for families with Deaf/Hard of Hearing children! (Free parking & Lunch provided)

Where: Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, 100 W. School House Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Tentative Schedule

8:30 – 9:00 AM: Check-in and Light refreshments

9:00 – 9:10: Welcome remarks/Introduction

9:10 – 10:40: Keynote speaker: Germaine Graham

10:40 – 10:55 AM: Break

11:00 – 12:30:  Workshop Presenter: Dr. Rashaun Davis

12:30 – 1:15: Lunch

1:15 – 2:00: Wrap-up Performance from Sunshine 2.0

Presenter info and summary

Keynote Speaker: Germaine Graham

Title of Presentation: Yes You Can: Parenting Possibilities!

Germaine Graham is the owner and founder of Deafinitely Communicating, LLC, a private speech language pathology practice established with a mission to end language deprivation among Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. Germaine is passionate about building the language and communication skills of Deaf children from home to community as early as possibly, using American Sign Language. As an ASL-fluent practitioner, Germaine seeks to ensure that Deaf children have a solid language foundation on which to build later communication, academic, cognitive, and social emotional success. In addition to her work as a speech-language pathologist, Germaine is wife to husband, Clifton, mom of 3 to Sophia, Naomi, and Treble, and a religious American Sign Language Interpreter. She enjoys being outdoors and participating in a myriad of athletic activities, spending time with her family, reading, listening to music, and maintaining an active presence on social media.

Workshop Presenter: Dr. Rashaun Davis

Title of Presentation: Fostering Joy: The Joys of Raising Deaf or Hard of Hearing Children

Dr. Rashaun Davis is a 21st Century Advocate, Educator, and Strategist specializing in helping others maximize their potential to maximize impact. A Multifaceted, and goal oriented professional with a passion for equity, Dr. Davis possesses over 20 years of experience working in training and development and leadership roles with varied populations. Dr. Davis considers himself self-motivated, and an energetic problem solver that places emphasis on inclusion, a drive for results, and leveraging innovation. 

These acquired skills were obtained at an early age while growing up in Trenton, NJ and garnered while gaining his undergraduate degree at University of Delaware and postgraduate degrees from New Brunswick Theological Seminary and United Theological Seminary. The acquired passion was focused and unleashed when his daughter was born with hearing loss. Dr. Davis and his wife swiftly embraced their roles as advocates and passionately pursued avenues that would develop their daughter into the most productive, self-aware and confident child possible. Dr. Davis is married to his wife of 17 years Tyheshia, and parent to Jyare and Maddison Davis.

Dr. Davis’s affiliations and appointments include former board member of the Parent Information Center of Delaware, an organization that educates, informs, and advocates for families of children with special needs. Governor appointment to the state of Delaware Early Hearing and Detective Intervention (EHDI), Delaware Hands and Voices advisory board member, Fostering Joy Core Team Member, and Omega Psi Fraternity, Inc. This commitment to advocacy is driven by the philosophy that accessibility is only beneficial if it is accessible to all.

Youth Program: Sunshine 2.0 and Wild Zappers

Sunshine 2.0 is a professional traveling theater troupe based at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, New York. The troupe provides performances and activities for deaf and hard-of-hearing children and adults that highlight the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM), as well as educational topics pertaining to the Deaf experience. The theater troupe travels to schools and programs serving deaf and hard-of-hearing students, colleges, museums, conferences, civic groups, festivals and other venues.

The Wild Zappers is an all deaf all male dance group that combines American Sign Language, music and dance to promote the education of sign language to both Deaf and hearing communities.