Lisa Garrett has a passion for delivering inclusive programming that helps to advance language development in babies using signing and evidence-based practices. She has studied ASL at the university level and is conversationally fluent in sign language, backed by extensive experience in the disability community and course work in early childhood education.
Lisa engages in ongoing training about language deprivation and builds, delivers, and supports programming that helps caregivers to children understand the importance of early interventions. She is down-to-earth and approachable, making her class environments fun, dynamic, and meaningful for achieving family outcomes that support intentional parenting practices.
With more than 7 years of experience teaching signing for babies combined with her unique perspective as an end-of-life storyteller for palliative care patients, and as a Deaf community ally and advocate, Lisa is the ideal practitioner to join you on your child caregiving journey.
Today, Lisa is offering classes in smaller communities in the Ottawa Valley with limited access to signing services and supports. She does this through strong relationships with non-profit organizations and by continuing her work in advocacy for Deaf community accessibility to community life and opportunities.
Simone Edwards-Forde is Black Bear Healing Home’s Deaf Storyteller.
Simone has lived in Ottawa since 2006 and works as a literacy teacher. She also teaches sign language for babies through BirthSmarter. Simone was born in St. Kitts (a Caribbean Island) and moved to Montreal when she was 3. She attended Mackay Centre School in Montreal until she was 16. She then moved to Toronto and attended E. C. Drury School for the Deaf where she graduated in 1999. She attended the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, New York and graduated with a degree in Business Technology in 2004. She graduated from Algonquin College with a certificate in Photography Techniques in 2022. In her free time, she enjoys taking pictures, travelling, crafting, and camping.
Lisa teaches prenatal ASL and sign language for babies. She can be reached by email at Lisa@BlackBearHealingHome.com or by phone and text at 613-558-3199.