Beth S. Benedict

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Beth S. Benedict is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Gallaudet University,[1] advocate for the deaf, and a mentor for families with deaf children.[2] Her research focuses on early intervention,[3][4] early language acquisition, and family involvement.[5] Dr. Benedict is also an advocate for the use of bilingualism in education of the deaf - incorporating the value of American Sign Language in deaf children.[6] Dr. Benedict advocates for deaf-hearing partnerships,[7] avoiding audism,[8][9] the importance of bilingual education, deaf culture[10] and the use of sign language[11] while also working as a family mentor for families with deaf children.[12] Recently, she was a keynote speaker for an International Deaf Studies conference[12] and the featured speaker for the deaf education summit.[13] Dr. Benedict takes what she researches about deafness and education and shares it broadly by way of talks[14] and application - for example, she has helped the Georgia School for the Deaf work on developing bilingual education in their programs.[6] In 2015 Benedict was the featured speaker at the Deaf education summit in Louisiana - a conference that brought together practitioners, educators, and parents to discuss local issues surrounding education of deaf children.[15]

In a video Benedict[16] explains how children who use sign language are not hindered in their ability to learn speech.

Education[edit]

Benedict received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Gallaudet University in 1980. From there, she attended New York University to pursue a master's degree in communication, which she finished in 1981. After some time, Benedict returned to Gallaudet University to work on a doctoral degree in Education, which she completed in 2003.[17]

Career[edit]

Much of Benedict's work focuses on research and spreading knowledge about early childhood intervention and the usefulness of using American Sign Language.[18] Below is a summary of some of her accomplishments:

  • Vice President of the Joint Chair Committee on Infant Hearing.
  • President of the American Society of Deaf Children for 2014.[19][20]
  • Member of the Council of Education of the Deaf.[21]
  • The Maryland Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Council and is also actively involved in a variety of other EHDI initiatives.[22]
  • Recognized by the National Association of the Deaf (United States) as an educational advocate.[23]
  • Coordinator of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers, and Families Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program at Gallaudet University.[24]

Awards[edit]

Beth Benedict received the Antonia Brancia Maxon Award for EHDI Excellence in 2010 at the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention conference in Chicago, Illinois.[25] The following lists other awards she has earned as a professional scholar:

  • National Association of the Deaf Knights of the Flying Fingers Award, 2014
  • Gallaudet University Student Affairs and Academic Support Dedicated Faculty Award, 2013
  • Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD) Board’s top award, the Robert R. Davila Award of Merit, 2013
  • National Association of the Deaf Randall McClelland Memorial Award, 2012
  • Person of the Month, Deaf Life, April 2010
  • Gallaudet University Alpha Sigma Pi Fraternity Woman of the Year, 2010
  • Empire’s Who’s Who of Women in Education, 2005-2006
  • National Association of the Deaf, Stokoe Scholarship, 2000 – 2001
  • U.S. Office of Education and Rehabilitative Service Stipend Awards (4 consecutive years) 1996 – 2000
  • Staff of the Year at Pre-College Programs, 1991

Personal life[edit]

Benedict is married to A. Dwight Benedict (Dean of Student Affairs at Gallaudet)[26] and has two Deaf daughters, Lauren and Rachel.[17] She, her husband, and both of their daughters were involved in athletics during their time at Gallaudet - in 2012 their family was featured in Gallaudet's "Bison Legacy" series for families with a history of Deaf athletes[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://nad.org/louisville/live-auction
  2. ^ "Deaf Person of the Month". Deafpeople.com. Retrieved 2015-06-22.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2015-06-22.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "NDEP - National Deaf Education Project". Ndepnow.org. Archived from the original on 2015-03-12. Retrieved 2015-06-22.
  5. ^ http://deafchildren.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Beth-Benedict.pdf
  6. ^ a b "Beth Benedict | Forever Free | Georgia Pathway to Language & Literacy". Georgiapathway.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2015-06-22.
  7. ^ "NAD Educates EHDI Professionals on Value of Teaching Deaf Babies ASL". National Association for the Deaf. 3 November 2010.
  8. ^ http://publications.iowa.gov/6662/1/September%252008%2520ENEWS%5B1%5D.pdf
  9. ^ Audismfreeamerica (3 February 2012). "AUDISM FREE AMERICA: AFA Plans for St. Louis EHDI".
  10. ^ "Deaf Culture & Community". Hands and Voices.
  11. ^ http://www.handsandvoices.org/comcon/articles/pdfs/deafculture.pdf
  12. ^ a b "Speakers | Deaf Studies Today | Home". Uvu.edu. Retrieved 2015-06-22.
  13. ^ Associated Press 10:06 a.m. CST January 23, 2015 (2015-01-23). "Deaf education summit set for Saturday in Port Allen". Theadvertiser.com. Retrieved 2015-06-22.
  14. ^ "Early Intervention NEEDS Your Involvement". 51st Biennial National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Conference. 4 July 2012.
  15. ^ "Deaf education summit set for Saturday | Education | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, Louisiana". Theadvocate.com. 2015-01-27. Retrieved 2015-06-22.
  16. ^ "CAD (California Association of the Deaf)". www.facebook.com.
  17. ^ a b "Beth S. Benedict, Ph.D. - Gallaudet University". Gallaudet.edu. Retrieved 2015-06-22.
  18. ^ "Dr. Beth Benedict Presents ASL Talk at Kane Hall on Oct. 24 | Department of Linguistics | University of Washington". Linguistics.washington.edu. 2014-10-08. Retrieved 2015-06-22.
  19. ^ "Search results for "benedict" - American Society for Deaf Children". deafchildren.org.
  20. ^ "Board - American Society for Deaf Children". deafchildren.org.
  21. ^ "National Committees - Council on Education of the Deaf (CED)". councilondeafed.org.
  22. ^ "American Society for Deaf Children - American Society for Deaf Children". Test.sweetwatermedia.com. Retrieved 2015-06-22.[permanent dead link]
  23. ^ "NAD Education Advocates | National Association of the Deaf". Nad.org. Retrieved 2015-06-22.
  24. ^ "TEDxGallaudet". TED.com. 2014-02-28. Retrieved 2015-06-22.
  25. ^ "Dr. Beth Benedict gets Antonia Brancia Maxon Award". Jewish Deaf Community Center. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  26. ^ "A. Dwight Benedict - Gallaudet University". Gallaudet.edu. Retrieved 2015-06-22.
  27. ^ Copyright © 2015 Gallaudet University (2012-11-08). "Bison Legacy: The Benedict Family - Gallaudet". Gallaudetathletics.com. Retrieved 2015-06-22.