Past Events

Access to Mental Health Settings for Individuals with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss

May 3 - May 3, 2023


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Webinar Details

When: May 3rd, 2023

Time: 6-8PM EST

Target audience: Mental Health Professionals, Community Rehabilitation Providers and Vocational Rehabilitation

Presenters: Eleanor Coley Brody, MSW, LCSW HKNC Mid Atlantic Regional Representative & Marilyn C. Trader, MSW, HKNC Southeast Regional Representative

Description: Individuals who are DeafBlind are at a greater risk of experiencing a mental health crisis as a result of isolation and significant barriers to mental health services. Join us for a dynamic and informative session designed to help break down those barriers and increase quality and accessibility of mental health services for individuals who are DeafBlind. Professionals will have a chance to learn about the beauty and complexities of individuals who are DeafBlind and how to better serve them.


Meet the Presenters

Eleanor Coley-Brody, MSW, LCSW

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Eleanor Coley-Brody joined the HKNC family in May 2016 as a Case Manager and became the Mid-Atlantic Regional Representative in February 2021.

Eleanor Coley-Brody is a Deaf professional from Long Island, NY and has been working in the Deaf/Hard of Hearing/DeafBlind field for over 10 years. She earned her M.S.W. in Social Work from Gallaudet University with a specialization in School Social Work and received a B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies from SUNY New Paltz. Prior to HKNC, she was a Mental Health Therapist and provided counseling services to Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind youth and adults in the state of Minnesota.

Eleanor is eager to provide support to individuals who are DeafBlind, families and state partners in New York and New Jersey.


Marilyn Trader, MSW

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Marilyn Trader is the Southeast Regional Representative covering Kentucky, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina and Tennessee. Her experience related to this field includes acting as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for DeafBlind consumers under the Division of Services for the Blind in North Carolina and a Mental Health Social Worker for the Deaf, hard of hearing and DeafBlind in North Carolina for 10 years under Wake County Mental Health Services. Prior to moving to North Carolina, she worked at Gallaudet University in the Graduate School Office, and as a lobbyist in Washington DC with guidance from staff at the university and across the country, presenting at universities all over the United States on cultural diversity inclusion programs.

Marilyn attended Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a concentration in Political Science. She attended Gallaudet University with a master’s degree in Social Work with a focus on the DeafBlind Community.

A goal of Region 4B is to continue to build capacity in each state through interagency collaboration, joint projects, events and new programs that consumers can obtain within their home state. Programs range from Support Service Providers to the expansion of field services to enable consumers to reach their goals.


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