About Us

The Institute serves children, families, and professionals across local, national and global communities.

Crazy Sock Day

Our Mission

To generate and disseminate transformational ideas and practices

For Children

For Children

Expanding understanding of the strengths and needs of children who are deaf or deaf with disabilities

For Families

For Families

Exploring the impact of resources, practices, and networks to support and connect families

For Professionals

For Professionals

Elevating practice by identifying, developing, and evaluating evade-informed tools and approaches

For Society

For Society

Engaging in work that centers and promotes individuals who are deaf or deaf with disabilities

Meet The Team

Amy Szarkowski

Amy Szarkowski, PhD

Dr. Szarkowski is a psychologist who brings vast experience working in clinical and educational settings with, and in support of, children who are deaf and/or who have disabilities, as well as their families. Her research interests as they pertain to children who are deaf include: exploring the role of pragmatics, understanding and supporting families raising deaf children, developing and implementing effective early intervention, and fostering social and emotional functioning. Dr. Szarkowski is motivated by “fostering joy” and helping families and professionals to emphasize the joy in their respective journeys.

Sarah Brandt

Sarah Brandt, EdD

Dr. Brandt has been affiliated with the Children’s Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf since 2006. She has experience as a classroom teacher of the deaf, early intervention service provider, media specialist, and curriculum coordinator. Dr. Brandt’s research interests include curriculum and instruction, universal design for learning, and educational technology for students who are deaf and/or have disabilities. In addition, Dr. Brandt is interested in the design, implementation, and evaluation of professional learning for practitioners supporting this population.