Mark is the Research and Training Specialist for two of Florida’s statewide projects, Outreach Services for the Blind and the Deaf (OSBD) and for the Resource Materials Technology Center for the Deaf / Hard of Hearing (RMTC). Mark provides training, consultation, information and referral, and other support services for parents, school districts, and other professionals across Florida. He has been providing these services for 14 years now. Over the last 30 years, Mark has worked in a variety of positions for Fairfax County Public Schools, the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services, the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services, SunTrust Bank, and now OSBD and RMTC. He joined RMTC / OSBD after his family had moved to Florida to enroll their son at Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind.
Mark is the father of a young man who is deaf and has cerebral palsy and who is currently in college. Mark is also the author of No Dad, It Does Not Involve a Hippopotamus, a book of articles and short stories about being the father of a child with special needs and the issues and topics he and his family have dealt with over the years. Mark and his wife Sidney live in Saint Augustine, Florida, where she is the science teacher in the blind high school at Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind.
Mark presents on a number of different topics related to parent and family involvement in education as well as parenting issues that surround raising a child with special needs. He is able to combine both his professional and personal experiences when talking to professionals and families, making the subject relevant to both. Several examples of his workshops include “Man Laws for Moms” where he helps moms understand why dads behave as they do and what moms can do to get the dads more involved, “Letting Go – Time to Land the Helicopter” that discusses helicopter parenting and things parents can do to break those habits while encouraging independence in their children, and “Parent Survival Skills” that looks at the stresses that can occur in a family when raising a child with special needs and how families can work to cope with those stresses.
Mark is available for workshops, trainings, and keynote addresses. You can contact him at: