Rhode Is­land names deaf man School Coun­selor of the Year

Pawtucket Times - - RELIGION/OBITUARIES -

PROV­I­DENCE (AP) — In a first for the state, Rhode Is­land has named a deaf man as the 2018 School Coun­selor of the Year.

The Prov­i­dence Jour­nal reports 44-year-old Joseph Ba­tiano is the school coun­selor at the Rhode Is­land School for the Deaf.

Ba­tiano says he helps with a stu­dent’s aca­demic progress, emo­tional health and ca­reer readi­ness. He also de­vel­oped a program to help stu­dents who spend school va­ca­tions around rel­a­tives who don’t un­der­stand Amer­i­can Sign Lan­guage.

Kather­ine Kay, a school read­ing spe­cial­ist who nom­i­nated Ba­tiano, says kids are re­ally ben­e­fit­ing from his ser­vice. As a state win­ner, Ba­tiano will be con­sid­ered for the 2020 national ti­tle. A spokes­woman for the Amer­i­can School Coun­selor As­so­ci­a­tion says Ba­tiano is the first deaf per­son to be nom­i­nated in the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s his­tory.

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