TSA Staffers Present at St. Louis Health and Human Services Conference

TSA Staffers, Karen Sheldon, Lori Vigesaa and Jacqlyn Davoll attended, presented at and staffed a booth at the St. Louis Health and Human Services Conference in Duluth held on October 9-11th. This year's conference theme was 'Bravely Being Human'.

The conference brochure states, "The conference draws together 3,000 public and private sector practitioners for two days of training and networking while providing a forum for sharing innovative ideas, stretching perspectives and strengthening our communities."

Karen and Lori hosted a workshop titled 'Braving the Intersection of Identity Development for Individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Deafblind.'

In the workshop, participants explored how an individual with hearing loss prioritizes aspects of their identity and examined how spoken language access, visual communication proficiency, and community acceptance or isolation intersect with gender, race, socioeconomic status, and more. Furthermore, participants learned about the physical and emotional barriers of trying to access communication and community, the benefits of belonging to a community of deaf and hard of hearing sign language users, the factors that cultivate resilient identity development, and the ways to celebrate the intersections that define them.