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Student-Focused Planning (Kohler, 1996)

Student Focused Planning

This webinar shares evidence-based practices and provides practical examples for involving a student in their transition planning.  In this segment, a mother-daughter duo share their journey through transition and into the postsecondary world.

Our presenters:

Nancylynn Ward

Nancylynn Ward, Ph.D, Laurent Clerc National Deaf EducationCenter

Dr. Nancylynn Ward is Assistant Director of publications, products, and dissemination at Gallaudet University’s Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center in Washington, D.C. She began working in the area of career education as a paraprofessional in the Office of Career Planning and Placement at the California State University, Northridge as an undergraduate student, which led to work focusing on educational, social, and health services for deaf and hard of hearing youth and adults in a variety of capacities. Ward received her doctorate in special education administration from Gallaudet University in 2012; her dissertation topic was “Measuring Success in Transition Programs Serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in California’s Residential and Mainstreaming Programs.” Prior to coming to the Clerc Center, she spent seven years as an enforcement and compliance officer for the State of California’s Department of Education (CDE) in Sacramento. One of her responsibilities at CDE focused on transition planning and services for youth in special education.


Theresa Johnson

Theresa Johnson, M.Ed., Parent

Theresa Johnson, M.Ed., obtained her graduate degree in education from the University of Georgia in Athens. She works at the Educational Resource Center on Deafness as an outreach specialist and as the Director of Summer Programs at the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) in Austin.  Theresa is the proud mother of Amy, who is currently a student at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).


Amy Johnson

 Amy Johnson, Student

Amy Johnson is a second year student at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). She is member of the Asian Deaf Club and is currently working for the Student Life Team. She is a graduate of the Texas School for the Deaf and spent her summers during high school working in a science laboratory at the University of Texas.  Amy enjoys sports and doing research.