Pre-ETS Curriculum: Foundations for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

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  • Teacher
    Charity Warigon
  • Audience
    Age 14-21 Youth
  • Contents
    190+ Videos,
    17+ hours
  • Accessibility
    Sign Language, Voice-Over,  ,  Transcripts
  • Extra Features
    Comprehension Checks, Activities, 
    Career Focused IEP Sample Goals
What you are going to learn

A few more words about this curriculum

This self-paced online course was specifically designed to better prepare 14-21 year old high school youths who identify as Deaf or those who live with any hearing loss with the foundational knowledge and skills they need for a seamless transition into a career of their choice and adulthood. The content of this course aligns with the Pre-ETS requirements as defined by WINTAC and is intended to be billable under WIOA.

The modules are provided with direct communication using sign language supported by captioning, voice-over. Live coaching by ASL-fluent coaches experienced with preparing Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth for their future careers are also available.

Learning Objectives: The participants will...

  • Module 1: Laws: Understand the four laws that applies to them and how to justify their requests using those laws.

  • Module 2: Job Exploration: Increase their motivation to explore career options, understand the career exploration process, and how their own skills and interests match up to their chosen career or path. 

  • Module 3: Work-Based Learning Experiences: Understand and identify which type of work-based learning experience they want or need to gain experience within their chosen career fields. This section serves as a guide for their on-site experiences.

  • Module 4: Post-Secondary Education Options: Identify which postsecondary education or training is needed to obtain the chosen career or path. 

  • Module 5: Workplace Readiness: Instruction on skills that employers seek in specific social and interpersonal; independent living skills and other soft skills. 

  • Module 6: Self Advocacy: Effectively communicate, convey, negotiate or assert their interests and desires.  

Charity Reedy Warigon

Higher education executive, CEO of 360 Degree Academy
about instructor
Growing up, Charity was educated in both self-contained, fully-mainstreamed classes with and without interpreters and K-12 residential programs for the Deaf. As a mother of two bilaterally and unilaterally deaf children, Charity assisted and taught them how to establish and jointly operate a pigeon release business providing services for special occasions. This business was in operation for ten years from age of 5 and 8 years old and the skills they learned of lifelong importance. While raising two children, Charity also worked as a Recruiter, Director of Admissions, and Chief Enrollment Management Officer in the higher education sector. In these roles, she travelled and presented at over 3,000 K-12 schools and community colleges in 50 states, 9 Canadian provinces, and other countries. Her presentations were about educational and career pathways for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind, Late-Deafened, and Unilaterally Deaf individuals. 

Her own experience as a child, as a mother raising deaf children, and as a professional who saw enormous diversity in deaf children makes her highly sensitive and inclusive of all deaf people with different speech, language, and communication needs. 


"This is an incredible course with absolutely nothing remotely close to the breadth and depth of information that is highly relevant to D/HH youth."
"The stories here are heartwarming and  unforgettable!"