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FEDHH conference

Our 2021 FEDHH Conference held in Orlando, Florida was a success! It was so beneficial to be able to meet with everyone in person for the first time in two years. Thank you to our wonderful Keynote Speaker for taking the time to share your expertise about Social Emotion Learning for students who are D/deaf and hard of hearing. We share our gratitude to all of the breakout presenters that shared during the conference. One last BIG thank you to RMTC-DHH for the continued support and partnership you show towards our organization! ​

We already can't wait for FEDHH 2022!

FEDHH Board members 2021

Our 2021 FEDHH Board


The FEDHH board is made up of professionals throughout the state of Florida who work with students who are D/deaf and hard of hearing. They volunteer their time and efforts to ensure support of professionals within our state. Pictured from left to right:

Nicole Walsh - President Elect

Julie Conger - Treasurer

Jessica Mechoso - Webmaster

Randi Mitchell - President

Michelle Downing - Secretary



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  • Ph.D., Behavioral Health, International University of Graduate Studies, St. Kitts and Nevis, West Indies

  • M.A., School Counseling and Guidance, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC.

  • B.A., Psychology, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia.




Danielle Thompson came to U.S.A. from Trinidad and Tobago in the West Indies to pursue her college education. She was born deaf to a hearing family and was raised orally.  She learned American Sign Language (ASL) at the age of 18 when she wanted to drop out of college due to lip reading and lack of note takers. After graduating with her BA, she attended Gallaudet University and upon graduating from Gallaudet, began her career providing advocacy and counseling services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals in non-profit agencies and worked as a Mental Health Therapist at Walden School, a residential program for emotionally disturbed deaf students in Massachusetts and as a school counselor at Hawaii School for the Deaf and Blind. She also worked in Tokyo, Japan teaching English and ASL to deaf Japanese students.  While residing in Japan and Hawaii, Dr. Thompson pursued her Ph.D. in Behavioral Health with an international focus at International University of Graduate Students in the caribbean island of St. Kitts and Nevis. Currently she is an Associate Professor in International Development, Master of Arts (IDMA) program at Gallaudet University. IDMA is an interdisciplinary program and Dr. Thompson teaches Immigrant and Refugee studies, disaster risk and reduction and mental health for deaf persons. Her passion in social emotional learning for deaf persons, disaster risk and reduction among small nations around the world and immigrant and refugee studies.



National Certified Counselor (NCC), National Certified School Counselor (NCSC), Teacher’s license, endorsement in School Counselor for Virginia. 


Do you have a helpful resource or innovating ideas to share with our members? Consider applying to present for one of our breakout sessions. We are now accepting applications for our 2022 Summit! ​

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