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John Anderson (USA)
John works as the Mainstream Adjustment Counselor for the Mainstream
Center at Clarke School for the Deaf/Center for Oral Education.
He grew up with a progressive hearing loss and now uses a cochlear
implant. He earned his MA in counseling psychology from Antioch
New England Graduate School in Keene NH. He is a Licensed Mental
Health Counselor in Massachusetts. He works primarily with students
in the mainstream who are struggling to succeed either academically
and/or socially. He frequently gives workshops on experience of
hearing loss for students in mainstream schools and is the author
of a children's book on adjustment to hearing loss called My
Hearing Loss and Me: We Get Along Most of the Time.
Karen Bontempo (Australia)
Karen has practiced as an Australian Sign Language (Auslan) interpreter
for nearly 20 years and has worked as an interpreter educator since
1996. Karen is an examiner for the National Accreditation Authority
for Translators and Interpreters and serves on the national board
of the Australian Sign Language Interpreters Association.
Karen holds academic qualifications in a number of disciplines including
clinical psychology, education, and linguistics. She is a member
of the Centre for Translation and Interpreting Research at Macquarie
University in Australia, where she is also a PhD (Linguistics) candidate,
researching factors that may be predictive of interpreter performance.
Mervyn Hyde (Australia)
Merv is an Adjunct Professor and Principal Research Fellow at the
Faculty of Education at Griffith University
Queensland, Australia and is the Director of the Centre for Applied
Studies in Deafness.
Minshull (Technical Support)
Geoff works for Direct Learn Services. He has been in further education
since 1983, mainly in the UK, during which time he has worked with
a wide range of businesses and organisations. He has also worked
and lectured extensively in Southern Africa, Central America, and
the USA. Geoff has been involved in online education for many years,
and has worked with LEAs, colleges and universities, as well as
national educational organisations. He has been running online conferences
and other online events since 2001. His first degree was from Sussex
University in Economics, and he has an MSc from Loughborough University
in Computers and Education.
Judith Mole (Conference
Judith founded Direct Learn Services in 2001 after working in education
since 1992. A graduate of the University of Derby, she started working
with Deaf students while at college and has since managed support
units for Deaf students both at Sheffield Hallam University and
at the University of Wolverhampton, where she was also a member
of the board of governors. She has worked both in the higher and
further education sector. She has managed a number of projects for
the University of Wolverhampton which created online BSL/English
dictionaries for art, science and engineering as well as a BSL/English
dictionary for ICT for the DfES Standards Unit. She has written
a number of publications and books on supporting Deaf students.
Judith has a first degree in Drama, Film and Television Studies
as well as a PG Cert in TESOL from Sheffield Hallam University.