Self-Determination for students who are deaf or hard of hearing


Dear Parents, Guardians, and Professionals who work with youth and young adults who are deaf or hard of hearing,

My name is Kaitlyn Millen and I am a doctoral candidate in the School of Special Education at the University of Northern Colorado. My research focus is students who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) and self-determination. An exciting new measure of self-determination has been translated into American Sign Language. However, I need your help to determine if the survey produces valid and reliable scores and understand what self-determination looks like in youth and young adults who are DHH. My dissertation results will inform our field about self-determination strengths, needs, and assessment with students who are DHH. As the CEC Initial Specialty Set: Deaf and Hard of Hearing teaching standards were recently updated and now include knowledge of self-determination skill development and assessment, this is timely and important research.

 How you can help: All youth and young adults ages 13-22 who have a hearing loss are invited to participate. I am recruiting a large number of individuals who are DHH ages 13-22 to complete the brief (15 minute) self-determination survey. Participants will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift card of their choice to Amazon, Starbucks, or iTunes. Additionally, teachers and parents will receive one entry for every student they recruit who completes the survey into a separate drawing for teachers and parents to win a $50 gift card of their choice to Amazon, Starbucks, or iTunes. To participate write “m99” in the last name field and complete this survey: survey is interpreted in ASL and may also be completed by individuals who do not know ASL. Tip: The survey does not work well on phones but works well on computers or tablets. When you/your students have completed the survey, use this link to be entered into the drawing to win the gift card:

By completing the survey in the above link, the individual is providing consent to participate in this study. There is no risk or cost to participate. The participant may stop taking the survey at any time. If you have any concerns about your child’s treatment or your treatment as a research participant, please contact the Office of Research, Kepner Hall, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, 80639; 970-351-1910. Thank you for your help with this important research!

For any questions regarding this survey please contact Kaitlyn @

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‘Tomorrow Will Come Again, I Promise’

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re sharing this gem of a video from the Excelano Project at the University of Pennsylvania. Excelano is a spoken word poetry group focusing on mental health awareness and empowerment. And we certainly can’t describe them any better than they do:

“This group is about finding voice. It is dedicated to the power of the mic and using personal experience to touch the lives of audience members. It’s about breaking down barriers. It’s about holding a speaker up to life’s white noise, to find that every one of us can be heard.”

Watch and listen to “Tomorrow Will Come Again, I Promise,” and promise to share it with your students!

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