Summer 2020 Youth Webinars Provided by HHSC-ODHHS

Summer 2020 Youth Webinars

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During the week of August 3-7, 2020, the Texas Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services is offering FUN and INTERACTIVE webinars that focus on building social, emotional, creative, and critical thinking skills for Texas youth who are deaf or hard of hearing! Participants must be Texas residents and between the ages of 8 to 17.

Seats are limited, sign up today by emailing [email protected] with the session title, child’s name, child’s age, and method of communication (ASL, Spoken English, Other). These sessions will meet online via the GoToMeeting platform.

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Visual Vernacular with Justin Perez
ASL Performance Art and Storytelling

Come learn an unique ASL performance art and storytelling style from Justin Perez!

Justin is a creative and award-winning ASL storyteller, who uses innovative techniques with sign language expressions.

Learn more about the presenter:

Monday, August 3rd, 2020 at 10:00am-12:00pm CST (Ages 8-12)
Monday, August 3rd, 2020 at 2:00-4:00pm CST (Ages 13-17)

“Is This Okay?” with Mallory Malzkuhn
Exploring Healthy Relationships

Relationships with friends, family and others can be so much fun, but also frustrating and confusing, right? Sometimes it’s hard to tell if a behavior or situation is “healthy” or “unhealthy.” Suppose, your friend or partner is jealous that you are hanging out with another person. How do you respond to this? What is the “right” thing to do?

In this webinar, we will discuss what a relationship means to us, and which behaviors are considered “healthy” and “unhealthy.” Mallory will share scenarios and invite participants to role play with each other and decide for themselves if the behaviors presented in the scenarios feel appropriate or may cause harm/tension. We also will discuss how layered and complicated our human experiences and emotions are and how much external influence (upbringing, culture, systemic oppression, media) may contribute to unhealthy behaviors. We will also discuss healthy ways to communicate our feelings with our loved ones and how to respond when our loved ones share feedback/feelings with us. Lastly, Mallory will offer participants space to ask any questions or share thoughts about relationships in general.

About the presenter: Mallory Malzkuhn is an Outreach/Education Manager with Deaf SHARE (

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 at 1:00am-3:00pm CST (Ages 8-12)
Thursday, August 6th, 2020 at 1:00-3:00pm CST (Ages 13-17)

Art Rocks! with Andria Cantu
Creating with Nature

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Join Andria to make different types of natural art using rocks, wood, and other things to decorate your room or your home!

Items required: acrylic paint and paintbrushes. During the webinar, you may be directed to go outside to find a rock or two, a thick stick, and more. If it is more convenient, have these items ready prior to the webinar.

About Andria: Currently the coach for the girls’ basketball team at Texas School for the Deaf, Andria has been involved with art for the past 7 years.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 10:00am-12:00pm – for ages 8-12
Thursday, August 6, 2020 10:00am-12:00pm – for ages 13-17

A Space Odyssey with Sam Harris
Storytelling and Team Building

It’s the year 2100, and scientists have discovered a new, mysterious planet just outside of our solar system. Not much is known about it except it is purple with a rocky and watery surface much like Earth’s. Could it mean there is life on this planet? Scientists don’t have the answer yet. Astronauts have failed to visit due to experiencing strange symptoms when entering the planet’s atmosphere – motion sickness and dizziness, but people who are Deaf or hard of hearing are not affected…

Now it’s up to you, young astronaut, to fly into the planet’s atmosphere, land on the surface, collect data, take pictures, and return to Earth. You will not be alone. Other fellow astronauts will join you on this journey filled with fun and adventure. Are you prepared?

Throughout this fun-filled interactive storytelling with lessons on self-advocacy, youth participants will learn how to solve problems they encounter, develop independence, feel empowered, become proactive, take risks, and how to work together and succeed as a team.

*Note – Some common household items may be used for crafts as part of the story.

About the presenter: Sam Harris is a Communication Access Specialist for the Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services in Texas with a background in creative writing.

Tuesday, August 5, 2020 11:00am-1:00pm – for ages 8-12
Thursday, August 7, 2020 1:00-3:00pm – for ages 13-17

Thank you for participating in our programs!

DHHS Training and Education
Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
Rehabilitative & Social Services
Health, Developmental & Independence Services
701 W. 51st St.
P.O. Box 12904
Austin, Texas 78751
[email protected]


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