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Keynote Presentation


The Power of Advocacy and Involvement: Creating Opportunities

A Hearing mother and Deaf son share their narrative experiences through key moments in their lives from birth to diagnosis to adulthood. Learn about a son’s journey as a deaf individual to create opportunities for himself and a mother’s determination to raise a Deaf child to reach his potential academically and socially. 

Biographical Information 

John A. Serrano:

A graduate of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., John A. Serrano started his teaching career at Texas School for the Deaf as an Elementary teacher before working in multiple positions, and he is currently the Director of Academic Affairs at TSD.  He has served on various committees related to Deaf Education and is a current board member of the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD).  He currently resides in Austin, TX with his wife, Melly and two young children, Natalia (6) and Anthony John (5).  

NanetteNanette Serrano has been involved and working with deaf students and their families since her son, John Serrano was diagnosed deaf at 11 months old.  She was offered a position in the Parent Infant Program at the American School for the Deaf and began working with families with deaf babies and toddlers in 1989.  Nanette also helped organize and facilitate parent support groups and began a Hispanic family program running workshops and sign classes in their native language. She also worked for the Teddy Bear II Deaf Program where she taught toddlers and their families.  In 2006 Nanette made a decision to move closer to her family in Florida.  She worked a few years teaching Kindergarten and 1st grade.  But she knew in her heart that she wanted to return to work with deaf children and their families.  Nanette began working for the Infant Program at the Florida School for the Deaf in 2008 through their Outreach Program.  She currently is teaching deaf students from grades 1 through 4th at the Oak Hammock K-8 School Deaf and Hard Of Hearing Program.  She feels that her greatest achievement was raising her 2 children to be successful adults.Nanette Has a Bachelors Degree from Lehman College in NYC and a Masters of Education from Cambridge College in Massachusetts.

Making Connections and Creating Opportunities: A Group Discussion Workshop Description

As a follow up from the Keynote presentation, the interactive group session will offer participants the opportunity to share and learn from each other.  Nanette and John A. Serrano will serve as the group facilitators and lead the discussion on what it takes to create meaningful opportunities for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. 



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