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Creating a 'Deaf-Friendly' Atmosphere for Deaf Children

Author: Roger J. Carver

Roger J. Carver was born in Newark, New Jersey, USA to hearing parents. He has an older deaf brother. He attended Bruce St. School for the Deaf in Newark along with his brother. Both were mainstreamed at age 10 and eventually graduated from high school. They also attended Gallaudet College where Roger met and married Michelle Desrosiers, a Deaf student from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Shortly after graduation, both Roger and Michelle settled into Regina for one year before moving on to Edmonton where they lived for 17 years. They then relocated to the Vancouver, British Columbia, area ten years ago where they still live. They have two adult sons who are now married, and they just became grandparents this fall! Roger enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, writing, doing genealogical research, and solving crossword puzzles. He also has written and published numerous articles on issues pertaining to deafness and deaf children and people.

B.A. degree in History - Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C.
M.Ed degree in Educational Psychology (Deafness Studies), University of Alberta, Edmonton.

Historical Researcher and Head of Research Section, Fort Edmonton Park, Edmonton Parks & Recreation, Edmonton, Alberta.
Research Associate, Alberta Survey of the Hearing Impaired, Government of Alberta, Edmonton.
Research Officer, Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities, Edmonton.
Assistant Coordinator and Co-Founder, Western Canadian Centre of Studies in Deafness, University of Alberta.
Instructor in Deaf Community and Culture, Interpreter Training Program, Grant MacEwan Community College, Edmonton, Alberta.
*Director, Programs & Services, Deaf Children's Society of British Columbia, Burnaby, B.C.
*Lecturer in Deaf/Sign Language Studies, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.
*Contract Faculty Member, Deapartment of Child & Family and Community Studies, Douglas College, New Westminster, B.C. Courses being taught: "The Deaf Person and the Family" and "Professionalism and Cross Cultural Interaction".
*Director, "Deaf Child Care in Canada" Project, Canadian Association of the Deaf, Ottawa.

Board of Directors, Alberta Coordinating Council on Deafness
Board of Directors, Canadian Coordinating Council on Deafness
Board of Directors, Alberta Association of the Deaf
Founder and Board member, National Education Association of Disabled Students.
Board of Directors and President, Association for the Hearing Handicapped, Edmonton
Member, Canadian Organizing Committee for the International Year of the Disabled Person, 1981
Editor-in-Chief, The Deaf Canadian
Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Journal of the Deaf
Board of Directors, Deaf Youth Canada
Board of Directors and Vice-President, Greater Vancouver Association of the Deaf
Board of Directors, Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
*Leadership Team, Deaf Community Christian Church, Burnaby, B.C.



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