Ann W. Hughes, M.A.

Partnership for People with Disabilities
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia University Center for Excellence
PO Box 843020
700 E. Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23284-3020
 
Phone: 804-828-1342
Email: awhughes@vcu.edu
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Last Updated: May 09, 2008

Ann W. Hughes
 

Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Specialist for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
 
Discipline(s): Education: Early Intervention/Early Childhood
Education/Special Education
Education: Deaf/Hard of Hearing
 
Research: Areas of interest include: Impact of using a visual-gestural system of coding phonics to improve the literacy development of children who are deaf or hard of hearing; importance of early intervention in language development for children with hearing loss.
Education: Areas of interest include: language and literacy skill development in young children and students who are deaf or hard of hearing; development of self-advocacy skills in children who are d/hh
Service: Areas of interest include: Development of parent and family support system for children who are deaf or have hearing loss with respect to all communication modalities.

Vita/Bio

 

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

NAME:  Ann W. Hughes

TITLE IN PROPOSAL:  Specialist for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

EDUCATION:

INSTITUTION AND LOCATION

DEGREE

YEAR

CONFERRED

FIELD OF STUDY

Northwestern University

West Chester State University

MA

BS

1977

 

1976

Communication Disorders-Education of the Hearing Impaired

Speech Pathology & Audiology

 

 

 


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND APPOINTMENTS:  

2006-Present: Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Program Specialist for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

 Coordinate the Virginia Network of Consultants for Professionals Who Work with Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (VNOC)

 Collaborate with the Virginia Dept. of Ed. On special education priority projects and the revision of VDOE's Guidelines for Working with Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing gin VA Public Schools

 Conduct regional and school division trainings as well as pre-service professional training in the area of hearing impairment and deafness including See-the-Sound Visual Phonics

 Coordinate an annual statewide conference on education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing

1980-2006:  Richmond Public Schools, Richmond, VA

Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

 1991-2006: upper elementary self-contained

 1980-1990: preschool, kindergarten, middle/high school settings; self-contained, itinerant, collaborative and educational interpreting

 School-based Leadership experiences include:

 Faculty chairperson, faculty PTA liaison

 Exceptional education team leader-Decision Making Council

 Coordinator of Math Hall of Fame program; Awards Committee

 Staff Development Facilitator

 REA Representative

 System wide Leadership experiences include:

 Report coordinator for HI Program Literacy Committee

 Exceptional Education Textbook Adoption Committee

 HI Program Staff Development Facilitator

 State Leadership Experiences include:

 Committee to develop regulations for Educational Interpreters

 Committee to revise HI Guidelines (1988,2005)

 Focus Group on Early Intervention and Educational Needs of D/HOH Children

1978-1980:  Wise County Public Schools, Wise, VA

Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

 Self-contained elementary and middle sch ool settings

 Resource for high school students

 Itinerant services pre-k and elementary for Dickinson County, VA

2003 - 2006:  VA Department of Education, Richmond, VA

Consultant for VA Network of Consultants for Children who are D/HOH

 Educational Program Consultation to LEAs

 Committee  to revise Guidelines for Working with Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Virginia Public Schools

 Workshop Presenter (June 2005)

 Sign Language Instructor, Richmond Children's Hospital (July 2005)

1984-1990:  Catholic Diocese of Richmond, Richmond, VA

Coordinator of Ministry with Disabled Persons

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS, LICENSURE, CERTIFICATION:

 Postgraduate Professional License:  Hearing Impairment PreK-12;     

 Int'l Communication Learning Institute Trainer: See The Sound/Visual Phonics System;

 SKI-HI Institute Parent Advisor

OFFICES/MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, ADVISORY COUNCILS, BOARDS:

Professional Organizations:  Hands & Voices; Alexander Graham Bell Association; Network of Educators of Children with Cochlear Implants; Virginia Consortium for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deafblind (Chairperson - 1992-93)

Advisory Committees: 

 Virginia Hands & Voices Advisory Board (2007-present)

 VA Dept. of Health Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Advisory Committee and VEHDI Workgroup (2006 - present);

 Radford University Deaf Education (2006 - present);

 VA Treatment Center for Children - Program for Deaf/Hard of Hearing  (2001-2003);

 Central VA Independent Living Center - (1985-88);

 Communication Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (1984-86)               

MAJOR RESEARCH/PROFESSIONAL INTEREST:

Education and support of young children and students who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families across communication modalities

CURRENT RESEARCH OR TRAINING SUPPORT: (Name, date, sponsor, % support)

HONORS/AWARDS:

 2005 Teacher of the Year - Virginia Association of the Deaf

 1995 Teacher of the Year - J.B. Fisher Elementary School; Second Runner up Richmond Public Schools Teacher of the Year.

 1985 Pam Christie Outstanding Teacher of the Hearing Impaired Award

PUBLICATIONS and PRODUCTS:

Date revised:  January 18, 2008