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Embassy News 2010

Professors Demonstrate that Being Hearing-Impaired does not Impede Professional Development

September 30, 2010
Dr. Thomas Holcomb (left) and Clyde Vincent greet the participants at the Instituto Chileno Norteamericano de Cultura (Photo: US Embassy in Santiago)

Dr. Thomas Holcomb (left) and Clyde Vincent greet the participants at the Instituto Chileno Norteamericano de Cultura (Photo: US Embassy in Santiago)

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American educators, Thomas Holcomb and Clyde Vincent, visited Chile this week to participate in the Tenth Latin American Congress and Fifth National Bilingual Education Congress for the Hearing-Impaired running from September 30 to October 2 at the Universidad Católica Silva Henríquez, in Santiago. 

Thomas K. Holcomb comes from a multigenerational Deaf family. His parents, grandparents, children, and grandson are all Deaf. Currently, Dr. Holcomb is a professor of Deaf Studies at Ohlone College in Fremont, California where he teaches courses related to Deaf Culture to both deaf and hearing students. Previously, he taught at San Jose State University and at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, New York.

He is well known for his dynamic presentation style which he uses to bring together deaf and hearing cultures. His collaborations with Anna Mindess have resulted in several exciting teaching tools including two DVDs, A Sign Of Respect: Strategies for Effective Deaf/Hearing Interactions and See What I Mean: Differences Between Deaf and Hearing Cultures, a Cultural Detective training module on Deaf Culture, and a book entitled Reading Between the Signs. He is also an accomplished storyteller and is the featured performer in the Boys Town Press videotape series, Read With Me: Stories for Your Deaf Child. In addition, his book, Deaf Culture, Our Way illustrates the unique experiences of deaf people living in the mainstream. It is now considered a classic in deaf literature.

Dr. Holcomb’s academic credentials include a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Gallaudet University, a Master's degree in Career and Human Resources Development from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Rochester. He was honored with the Stephen M. Ryan Teacher of the Year Award from the American Sign Language Teacher Association in 2002.
Clyde Vincent, who is also hearing–impaired, teaches at The Seattle Central Community College.  Mr. Vincent has extensive experience in the field . He has a B.A. in Sociology from Gallaudet University, a M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling with the Deaf from Western Oregon University and is currently working on a P.H.D. in Rehabilitation/Deafness from New York University.

Both came to Chile on the invitation of la Sordera-Escuela Jorge Otte Gabler with the sponsorship of The U.S. Embassy in Chile to share their professional experiences with teachers, students, and their parents.

Tuesday September 28 the professors held an open discussion at the Instituto Chileno Norteamericano de Cultura about the world of the hearing-impaired.

Details of the program.

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