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  • Email: real-south@aidb.org

     

Regional Early Acquisition of Language

Phone: 256-223-4047(Text & FT Only)

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Degrees and Certifications:

M.S.- University of Tennessee Ed.S- Gallaudet University

Victoria Haggarty, Director

Victoria Haggarty joined the REAL Project as a Trainer in November 2022 and transitioned to Director in 2024. She holds a Masters in Deaf Education at the University of Tennessee. She earned her Ed. S in Deaf Education with a concentration on ASL/English Bilingual Deaf Education for Ages 0-5 at Gallaudet University. She also graduated from Gallaudet University’s Infants, Toddlers and Families Graduate Certificate program. Before joining REAL, she worked for four years as a visual arts teacher at Tennessee School for the Deaf Knoxville. She also worked for four years as an early childhood educator at the TSD Nashville campus where she taught Preschool-2nd grade students.

Phone: 256-589-2001

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Degrees and Certifications:

B.S.Ed. - University of Georgia M.Ed. - Valdosta State University

Abby Burke, Director

Abby is the Director of the Regional Early Acquisition(REAL) Project, South. She has a masters in Speech Language Pathology and has experience working in school for the Deaf for 5 years. Abby joined REAL in 2020 as a Trainer and transitioned to Director in 2024.

 

Phone: 256-589-1172

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Degrees and Certifications:

BA Linguistics - University of Florida B.S. in CSD - University of Florida Au.D. - Gallaudet University

Dr. Kalani Cox, Director

Kalani is the Director of Audiology and Medical Services for the Regional Early Acquisition of Language (REAL) Project. She holds a Bachelor's in both Linguistics and Communication Sciences & Disorders from the University of Florida. She earned her Doctorate of Audiology from Gallaudet University and completed LEND training through the University of Washington. Before joining REAL in 2024, she worked for 15 years as a Pediatric and Educational Audiologist in a variety of clinical settings across the US, Australia and New Zealand, specializing in working with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf-Blind, Blind, Low Vision and neurodiverse children. Kalani also serves as the Chief Audiologist for the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) and a member of the Mobile Health Map project with the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

Phone: 256-626-0417

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Degrees and Certifications:

BBA & BSW - Faulkner University MSW - University of Alabama

Ukawia Johnson, Family Education Trainer

Ukawia is a trainer with the Regional Early Acquisition of Language(REAL) Project, South. She has a master's degree in Social Work and extensive experience in diverse family-focused roles. Ukawia joined the REAL Project in 2020.

Phone: 256-589-1121

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Kimberly Welch, Administrative Assistant

Kimberly is the Administrative Assistant of the Regional Early Acquisition of Language (REAL) Project, South. She has an Associate's degree in Computer Information Systems and experience working in business offices for over 9 years. Kimberly joined REAL in June 2023.