Janet Salek, MA

Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities
Rhode Island College
600 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908
 
Phone: 401-456-9814
Email: jsalek@ric.edu
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Last Updated: June 04, 2010

Janet Salek
 

Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Teacher of Students with Vision Impairments, RI Vision Education and Services Program
 
Discipline(s): Education: Early Intervention/Early Childhood
Education/Special Education
Vision, hearing
 
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
 
Education: BA - Early Childhood Education
MA - Deaf Education
Post graduate study: Teaching students with visual impairment
Service: Training regarding students with visual impairments, hearing impairments and dual sensory impairments
Consultation for students birth - 21 with visual impairments and/or dual sensory impairments

Vita/Bio

 

Vitae

Janet Salek

                                                                                                            

Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities                                    

Rhode Island College                                                                            

600 Mt. Pleasant Avenue

Providence, RI  02908-1991                                                               

401-456-9814

 

Education

 

Dates              Degree                        Institution                                  Course of Study

 

1998                26 credits         University of Arizona                   Teaching the Blind and Visually

                        towards            Tucson, Arizona                          Impaired

                        certification

 

December        MA                  Eastern Michigan University         Deaf Education

of 1973                                    Ypsilanti, Michigan

 

1972                BA                   Hood College                              Early Childhood Education

                                                Frederick, MS

 

Additional Training

 

Dates              Credits            Institution/Sponsor                    Course of Study

 

July 2000         3                      Boston College                 Deafblindness

                                                Perkins School for the Blind

                                                Newton, Massachusetts

 

2000-2001       0                      Arizona Deafblind Project             Intervenor training    

                                                Presented by: Linda Alsop          (attended as a future trainer)

                                                        From SKI HI Institute

 

Certifications Held

 

Elementary and Deaf Education                               Teaching the Blind and Visually Impaired

Michigan          Texas                                                   Arizona

Colorado          California                                              Rhode Island

New York        Arizona

Rhode Island  

 

 

Professional Experience:

 

Jan. 2005 to present    Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities

                                    Rhode Island College

                                    600 Mt. Pleasant Avenue

                                    Providence, RI  02908

 

The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities is Rhode Island's University Center on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

 

Responsibilities:

*    Provide workshops regarding the understanding of visual impairment and strategies used to   

      teach young children with visual impairments

*    Provide on site consultative and technical assistance services for children with visual

      impairments and/or deafblindness

*    Provide functional visual assessments for children with visual impairments

*    Provide communication assessments for children with deafblindness or multiple disabilities

*    Provide transition assistance from early intervention to school for children with visual

      impairments and deafblindness

 

 

Dec. 2001 to                Mississippi Deaf-Blind Project

Dec. 2004                    University of Southern Mississippi

                                    Box 5115

                                    Hattiesburg, MS  39401

                                   

The Mississippi Deaf-Blind Project is a federally funded project providing technical assistance to all students with deafblindness from birth to 21 years of age in the state of Mississippi.  Technical assistance refers to the development of capacity within the state to teach students with deafblindness.

                                   

Title: Project Coordinator

Responsibilities

*    Provide workshops regarding the understanding of deaf-blindness and

      strategies used to teach children with deafblindness. 

      These workshops are given to parents, teachers and all service providers working with     

      children with deafblindness

*    Provide on site consultative and technical assistance services for all children with     

      deafblindness in the state of Mississippi

*    Technical assistance involves:

            -   Assessing the needs of students with deafblindness (visual, auditory, communication)

            -   Developing and directing a course of action to teach each individual student

            -   Encouraging appropriate strategies and techniques specific to each student

            -   Supervising the development of individual student portfolios

            -   Assisting in IEP development

            -   Attending IEP meetings when requested

*    Supervise Project Support Coordinator

 

Separate grant activity

*    Provide technical assistance for children with visual impairments in the public schools and in

      early intervention programs                              

*    Outreach to identify, assess and recommend strategies for children with Cortical Visual

      Impairment

*    Provide assistance in the personnel preparation grant: "Masters in Severe Disabilities with an

      Emphasis on Dual Sensory Impairment"

     This grant provides an on-line degree combining the expertise of Texas Tech University and

     The University of Southern Mississippi

 

Post Graduate Teaching:

Rhode Island College

2007, 2008

Instructor, co-teaching

SPE 526 - Assessment, Curriculum, and Methods for Children with Multiple Disabilities

 

University of Southern Mississippi

2004

Instructor:

SPE 654 - Assessment and Intervention for Children with Severe Disabilities

 

 

Lectures for the University of Southern Mississippi:

 

2005    SPE 400 - The Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Individual

            1.   "Visual Impairment:  "Identification and Developmental Implications"

            2.   "Hearing Impairment:  Identification and Developmental Implications"

           

2003    SHS 425 - Psycho-Social Factors Associated with Hearing Impairment

2004    Lecture:  "Deafblindness:  Identification and Developmental Implications"

2005   

 

Lectures in Arizona

2000    "Techniques used to facilitate communication for students with deafblindness"

            Presented to University of Arizona masters students studying visual impairment

 

1999    "The Effects of Deafness on Learning and Communication: 

            Presented to University of Arizona masters students studying visual impairment

 

Presentations at Conferences:

In Mississippi

2005   "Identification of Children with Deafblindness", Pediatric Conference, March 2005

            (podium, invited)

 

2004    "Identification of Cortical Visual Impairment through Visual Characteristics",

            Early Intervention Conference, April 2004 (podium, invited)

 

2002    "Developmental Implications of Deafblindness", AAMR Conference, October, 2002

            (podium, invited)

 

            "Identification of Children with Visual Impairments",  Special Education Conference

            October, 2002 (podium, invited)

 

2002    "Identification of Children with Visual and Hearing Impairments", Person Centered

            Planning Conference, February, 2002 (podium, invited)

 

In Arizona

2001    "Calendar Systems for Students who have Deafblindness or Multiple Disabilities"

            Arizona AER Conference (podium, invited)

 

Workshops Conducted:

In Rhode Island

2007    "Cortical Visual Impairment"  for Early Intervention

            "Assessment for Cortical Visual Impairment" for Early Intervention

 

2008    "Early Brain Development and Implications on Young Children with Visual

            Impairments"  for Early Intervention

            "Cortical Visual Impairment" for School District

            "Understanding Visual Impairments in Young Children"  for Early Intervention

            and School District Pre-school Programs

           

In Mississippi

2005    "Low Vision in Young Children"  for Early Intervention

            5 days one month apart from February through June

 

            "Identification of Low Vision in Young Children"

            1 day for Mid South Rehabilitation

 

2003-2004

            "Teaching Students with Deafblindness"

            4 days one month apart from October, 2003 to February, 2004

 

            "Teaching Students who are Blind with Multiple Disabilities"

            3 days one month apart from October, 2003 to January 2004

 

            "Teaching Students who have Low Vision and Multiple Disabilities"

            2 days one month apart from October, 2003 to December, 2003

 

            "Teaching Academic Students who have Low Vision"

            October, 2003

 

            "Identification and Implications of Visual Impairment in Young Children"

            Laurel Early Intervention, Mississippi Department of Mental Health, Spring, 2004

 

2002 - 2003

            "Teaching Young Children with Low Vision"

            Early Intervention at Project Prints: Department of Mental Health, May and August, 2003

 

            "Teaching Students with Deafblindness"

            4 days one month apart from October, 2002 to February, 2003  

 

            "Teaching Students who are Blind with Multiple Disabilities"

            3 days one month apart from October, 2002 to January 2003

 

            "Teaching Academic Students who are Blind"

            3 days one month apart from October, 2002 to January 2003

 

            "Teaching Students with Low Vision and Multiple Disabilities"

            2 days one month apart from October and November 2002

 

            "Teaching Academic Students with Low Vision"

            October, 2002

 

            "Teaching Students with Hearing Impairments and Multiple Disabilities"

            October and November, 2002

 

            "Teaching Academic Students with Hearing Impairments"

            October and November, 2002

 

            "Overview of Deafblindness"

            4 one day workshops for the Mississippi Department of Mental Health

 

            "Teaching Students with Deafblindness"

            1 day workshop, Madison School District, August, 2002

 

Presentations:

2003    "Identification of Cortical Visual Impairment through Visual Characteristics"

            University Medical Center, June, 2003

 

 

Teaching Experience:

 

l998-2001                    The Foundation for Blind Children

                                    1235 East Harmont Drive

                                    Phoenix, Arizona  85020

                                   

The Foundation for Blind Children is a unique non-profit organization.  The Foundation teaches individuals who are blind or visually impaired from infancy to age 22 as well as offering technical training for adults as well as job placement counselors for adults.  It has a pre-school on the premises and several itinerant teachers for students placed within the public school setting in the Phoenix area.  It provides a Saturday recreation program as well as a summer school program.  Parent education and support is available as well as counseling services for families and children.  Staff development is stressed and many guest speakers are invited to the Foundation throughout the year.  These often include ophthalmologists as well as professors and experts in the field of vision. 

                                   

Title:  Itinerant Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired

Responsibilities:

*    Itinerant teacher for 21 students who are blind, visually impaired and deafblind between

     ages of 3-22

*   Perform functional vision and learning media assessments on each student. 

*   Design and implement an educational plan for each student.

*   Instruct classroom teachers and assistants in modifications and techniques required by      

     students

*   Provide technical assistance for each student.

*   Teach compensatory skills such as braille and abacus as needed

*   Teach the use of low vision devices (magnifiers, monocular, CCTV) to students

*   Consult with other teachers of the blind and visually impaired who had students with

     multiple disabilities, deafblindness or challenging behavior

*   Supervised students taking classes in visual impairment from the University of Arizona

                                   

l996-l998                     Fountain Hills Unified School District

                                    Fountain Hills, AZ

Title:  Itinerant teacher for students with hearing impairments

Responsibilites:

*  Taught students who were mainstreamed in regular classrooms   

*  Taught students as well as consulted with their teachers.

 

Also took courses at the University of Arizona for certification to teach the Blind and Visually Impaired

                                l996-l997        Fountain Hills (continued)

Title:  Special Education Teacher

Responsibilities:

* Taught in a self-contained classroom of students with multiple disabilities (autism, visual

   impairment, cerebral palsy)

* Wrote and implemented IEP's for these students

 

 

l993-l996                     Lexington School for the Deaf

                                    30th Ave and 75th Street

                                    Jackson Heights, New York  ll370

 

Lexington is a world-renown school for the deaf.  Professionals from the United States and abroad visit Lexington to observe their newest, innovative teaching philosophies and methods.  Constant staff development occurs in the form of lengthy training of new methodology and teaching techniques.  Teacher excellence is expected and demanded.  Having the experience of teaching at Lexington was a privilege, and I have continued to use the excellent teaching strategies and techniques that I learned there.

 

Title:  Teacher of the Hearing Impaired

Responsibilities:

*   Classroom teacher of students with hearing impairment (2 years in 1st grade, 1 year in 2nd)

*   Taught all academic subjects using total communication

*   Taught speech to these students

*   Supervised and guided full-time para-professional

*   Wrote and implemented IEP's for all academic subjects

 

l986-l993                    

Involvement in various volunteer activities in Croton, NY while raising my son. 

Volunteer activities included:

*   PTA secretary

*   Committee to hire school principal

*   School pictures coordinator

*   Class mother

*   Cub scout award chairman

 

l985-l986                     The Phoenix Education Center

                                    750 Dartmouth Avenue

                                    San Carlos, California  94070

                                   

This school was a private, innovative school for the deaf.  An oral-aural method was used to teach these children.  Several of my students were learning disabled and mentally challenged as well as deaf.      

Title:  Teacher of the Hearing Impaired

Responsibilities: 

* Teaching classroom of students aged 7-13 with hearing impairments              

 

l979-l980                     The John Tracy Clinic

                                    806 W. Adams Boulevard

                                    Los Angeles, California  90007

           

The John Tracy Clinic is a world-renown pre-school for the deaf committed to the oral communication method of teaching children with hearing impairments.  Speech, lipreading, auditory training and communication are stressed.  Parent participation and education are key elements of this program as is intense staff development.  It was a privilege to teach at the John Tracy Clinic.

 

Title:   Teacher of the Hearing Impaired

Responsibilities:

*   Classroom teacher to twelve 2 year old children with deafness

*   Planned and implemented all classroom activities

*   Supervised, guided and instructed classroom assistant

*   Supervised, guided and instructed parents

 

l978                             Inez Carrol Elementary School

                                    222 Raymac

                                    Houstin, Texas

 

This school is a public school housing several classrooms of children with hearing impairment.  These classes were self-contained.  As children were able, they became integrated in regular classrooms.  The total communication method of teaching was used at this school.

 

Title:  Teacher of the Hearing Impaired

Responsibilities:

*   Classroom teacher for children with hearing impairment on the 3rd grade level

*   Taught all academic subjects

*   Wrote and implemented IEP's for all academic subjects

 

l977-l978                     Hillside Elementary School

                                    4500 Clifton

                                    El Paso, Texas

 

Hillside is a public school housing several self-contained classrooms for children who were deaf or hard of hearing. My students had multiple disabilities as well as hearing impairment.  Total communicaton was the method used in this school.

 

Title:  Teacher of the Hearing Impaired

Responsibilities:

*  Classroom teacher for children with hearing impairment and multiple disabilities

*  Taught all academic subjects

*  Supervised and guided aide

*  Wrote and implemented IEP's for all academic subjects

 

 

 

l975-l977                     Carson Elementary School

                                    5420 E. First Street

                                    Denver, Colorado  80220

 

Carson School is a public school with several self-contained classrooms for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The oral method of communication was taught which stressed lipreading, auditory training, speech and communication.  This school stressed staff development and exacting teacher training.  Many teaching techniques learned in this position have been proven invaluable.

 

Title:  Teacher of the hearing impaired

Responsibilities:

*   Classroom teacher for students with hearing impairment on the 2nd and 3rd grade level

*   Taught all academic subjects

*   Wrote and implemented IEP's for all academic subjects

 

Membership in Professional Organizations:

 

AER (National organization of teachers of the blind and visually impaired)

AITVI (Arizona Itinerant Teachers of the Visually Impaired)

            Served as Vice President of AITVI in 2001

MAER (Mississippi organization of teachers of the blind and visually impaired)