Past Events

Learning from the DeafBlind Person’s Lived Experience

May 17 - May 17, 2023


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Webinar Details

When: May 17th, 2023

Time: 6-8PM EST

Facilitator: Ashley Benton, MSW Deaf/DeafBlind Services Coordinator Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing North Carolina Dept. of Health and Human Services

Target audience: DeafBlind community, family members, community providers

Description: Join us as we take a peek into the rich and varied lives of individuals who have combined hearing and vision loss. This webinar will be facilitated by Ashley Benton, MSW, former mental health therapist, current Deaf/DeafBlind Services Coordinator in North Carolina and is an individual who is DeafBlind. The panelists will discuss their lived experiences and their journeys.

Cost: $50, includes CEU credits
**Fee waived for individuals who are DeafBlind and their family members. Please contact

ACVREP CE Hours: 2.0

CRC CE Hours: 2.0

NASW CE Hours: 2.0


Meet the Presenter

Ashley Benton, MSW

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Ashley Benton, MSW is an advocate with more than 20 years of experience in providing a wide array of services to the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind communities.  She has been recognized for outstanding leadership and service within these communities.  Ms. Benton is currently the Deaf/DeafBlind Services Coordinator and a member of the Executive Program Coordination Team with the NC Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DSDHH). Prior to joining DSDHH, she was a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Mental Health and Substance Abuse therapist.  She is DeafBlind with Usher Syndrome and communicates using tactile American Sign Language, ProTactile and Haptics. Ms. Benton received her MSW with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind specialty certification from East Carolina University.  Her experience includes serving as director of the NC Deaf-Blind Associates (NCDBA) DeafBlind Weekend at Camp Dogwood, board member of DeafBlind Citizens in Action (DBCA), long-time representative of the Deaf and DeafBlind communities on the NC Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, board member of the NC Interpreter and Transliterator Licensing Board, member of the National Task Force on DeafBlind Interpreting and serving as coordinator of the AADB Mentoring Pilot Project. Ms. Benton grew up on a farm in eastern NC, is married to a sign language interpreter and has a teenage son. She enjoys reading, socializing with friends, and riding her tandem bike.


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