Marking Art Accessible at Home & School
Sarah Sonnenberg, MA, CPRP
Art Educator/Therapist & Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Counselor
Sarah Field Sonnenberg is an artist and art educator in Buffalo, New York. She received a dual undergraduate degree from SUNY Buffalo State in Social Work and Art and is a certified art educator as well as a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Counselor. She recently earned her graduate degree at the University of Buffalo in Disability Studies and Fine Arts. Sarah is currently the art teacher at Aspire Center for Learning, a specialty school for children with developmental disabilities.
She is an advocate for art for all and accessibility in the arts. Although her previous work focused on surreal and realistic paintings and sculpture, her most recent work consists of large-scale sensory installations that engage with the viewer and dare them to participate.
Her work has been displayed in galleries and non-traditional settings throughout Western New York, however, her passion is facilitating and assisting persons with developmental disabilities in creating exhibitions as a means to identify as artists, and convey personal content and self-expression to the general public.
Sarah has worked with NYDBC in the past, assisting families of children who are deaf-blind experience art in fun and accessible ways.
Putting the ACT into Recreation Activities for Learners who are DeafBlind
Elizabeth (Beth) Foster, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Adapted Physical Education
Beth is an associate professor at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in adapted physical education (APE). She is the APE program coordinator and Motor Development Clinic Director at Cal Poly Pomona. She is currently the assistant director for Camp Abilities in Pennsylvania. Dr. Foster has presented research and various application-based presentations on vision loss and deafblindness across the US within the field of adapted sports and APE. She completed intervener training at the Minnesota Deafblind Project. Dr. Foster was named the 2012 Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Adapted Physical Education teacher of the year. In addition, Dr. Foster has been involved with various adapted sport organizations and disability organizations promoting physical activities, fitness, and adapted sports for all individuals with disabilities.
She has presented internationally and at national conferences on deafblindness and has conducted research projects regarding individuals with CHARGE syndrome. She is currently a co-principal investigator overseeing a federally funded personnel preparation grant for training special educators and adapted physical educators.
Beth has presented for NYDBC on several occasions, bringing critical perspective and detailed research findings to this exact population of students.