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Institutional Capacity

This webinar provides information to institutions as they evaluate their capacity to provide effective services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing as they transition to the postsecondary setting. Using the Taxonomy for Transition Planning as a frame of reference, segment presenters will share content to help viewers reflect on their own institution’s capacity.

Our presenters:

Carrie Lou Garberoglio

Carrie Lou Garberoglio, Ph.D., pepnet 2

Dr. Carrie Lou Garberoglio is an educational researcher and evaluator. She works with pepnet2 as a research fellow within the Research and Evidence Synthesis team, based at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research examines deaf individuals’ psychological processes in a variety of contexts: teaching, language learning, computer-mediated communication, and transition from secondary to postsecondary settings. Carrie Lou holds a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, and masters’ degrees in Program Evaluation and Deaf Studies/Deaf Education. Before entering academia, she taught in an ASL/English bilingual Waldorf school in the hills of northern California. 


Kathy Manlapas

Kathy Manlapas, MA.Ed, Intermediate District 287, VECTOR Program

Kathy Manlapas, MEd,  is a transition instructor in the Intermediate District 287 Vocational Education, Community Training, and Occupational Relations Program (VECTOR) in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.  She has worked in the field of DHH education for over 15 years. Kathy earned a BA in Deaf Education from Lenior-Rhyne College in North Carolina (1991), and received her MA in Education from Hamline University in Minnesota (2004). She worked nationally with the iTransition team through PEPNet and has served as a Deaf Events coordinator with the Minnesota Chapter of KODA. She also serves as a board member of ASL Blend; a new non-profit organization serving D/HH and DeafBlind community. Kathy is an active member in both her professional field and her community serving on several educational and community committees. She has a blended family with three boys and is a transplant from North Carolina, living in Minnesota since 1994.


Sharon Downs

Sharon Downs, M.S., CT, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Sharon Downs is the Director for the Disability Resource Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Her passions include diversity and inclusion education, and doing presentations for such conferences as the International Technology and Persons with Disabilities, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, PEPNet, AHEAD, and International Conference on Higher Education and Disability. She serves on the Governor’s Commission on People with Disabilities, and as Chair for AHEAD’s Standing Committee on Professional Development. In addition to working closely with UALR students and faculty, she is the liaison to the campus community on policies related to disability, good design, and accessibility. She also works toward inclusive policies and practices for LGBTQ persons, and is a founding member of the UALR SafeZone committee. She received her Master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, and is a nationally certified and licensed sign language interpreter.