Deaf & Hard of Hearing
Check out the links below that may be useful for parents of children with different hearing levels.
Hi. My name is Linda Miller and I am a Speech Language Specialist in the Jersey City school district. This is my 7th year in the district. I work at PS#27 with all students, hearing and specifically with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. I received my training from Passaic County Community College in the interpreter training program. I was a part of the first class to graduate in 2013. Before coming to Jersey City, I used my skills at Goodwill in Harrison, NJ as a Job Coach for deaf adults.
Here are a few things that have been happening as a part of the Deaf Program:
Community engagement from former students and the community at large from Hudson and Essex counties
Workshops teaching basic sign language to the Speech Department
2018 started weekly basic sign language trainings to building staff
2018 brought in a speaker for Black History Month to discuss being black and deaf to our middle school students
2019 started teaching basic sign language to hearing students afterschool
2019 had our first ever bridging the gap social event for our deaf and hearing students from the afterschool program
2019/2020 had another bridging the gap social event including individuals from the community
I truly enjoy working with my students and their families. I enjoy helping our staff communicate better by sharing my knowledge. The passion that I have does not stop and start within the Jersey City school district. I am currently attending workshops, connecting with other professionals to continue to build up this program.
I am also a part of an organization in the state of NJ called, “Deaf Advocacy Group”. We are currently training Officers and other first responders on how to communicate with deaf and hard of hearing individuals of all ages. We are also working with various lawmakers to make changes/ improvements to bills and laws in the state of NJ.
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