Previous Lectures

Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 12:00 noon

“Deaf Community Serves: An Overview”

Patricia Sieglen-Perry


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About the Presenter:

Patricia Sieglen-Perry has worked for over 25 years in the field of disability and has specialized in deafness for most of her career. Ms. Sieglen-Perry has a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from San Diego State University. She started with Deaf Community Services (DCS)as a counselor for the deaf and was selected as Executive Director at where she incorporated the agency, established a deaf majority board of directors, expanded the services and scope of the non-profit during her 13 year tenure. Her expertise on the Americans with Disabilities Act and knowledge of other disability groups secured her a position with the City of San Diego as the Disability Services Coordinator. As such, Patricia wrote the City’s ADA transition and self-evaluation plans and remained there for 7 years. Patricia has works as a free-lance interpreter, a substitute ASL instructor at Grossmont Community College and Cuyamaca Community College and as a trainer on deafness and disability issues. In addition, was a member of DCS’ Board of Directors for three years. Currently, Patricia is back at Deaf Community Services as Interim Executive Director and has thoroughly enjoyed returning to work at the non-profit agency she founded.


Wednesday, November 12th, 2014, 2:30 pm

“Closed Captioning as a Literacy Tool for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students”

Dr. Nancy Hlibok Amann


In this presentation, Dr. Hlibok Amann will talk about her 2005 dissertation on the influence of television closed-captioning on literacy among deaf and hard-of-hearing children. The study was conducted in three areas: pre and post vocabulary tests, class discussions, and individual interviews with students based on selected television shows shown to the students. During the presentation, we will have an opportunity to discuss what closed-captioning looks like for deaf children today.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Nancy Hlibok Amann obtained her Ph.D. at the University of Arizona, specializing in Bi-Literacy and Reading. Currently, Nancy is a DHH Teacher at Madison High School within the San Diego Unified School District. Prior to that, she was a School Administrator, Literacy Specialist, ASL Specialist, and classroom teacher at Arizona State School for the Deaf and the Blind for 13 years. She also taught Biliteracy Curriculum and Instruction at National University for several years.


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