For more than fifteen years, Chernet T. Weldeab (Ph.D.) worked in education settings from secondary school counsellor position to university professor. He also worked with immigrant families, including asylum seekers due their past persecution in their home countries, with various positions. Chernet is the founder and director for CT Language Consultancy LLC in Maryland where he provides translation and interpretation services as well as professional support and recommendations to teachers, counselors, therapists and other staffs in early childhood education centers and schools through clarifying cultural issues and providing culture-related information and resources. He has volunteered in programs and organizations dealing with students with special needs including Save the Children, UNICEF and UNESCO and was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Through his years of experience working with immigrant community, he has become aware of the challenges immigrant families of people with disabilities, including children with special needs, are facing.
Through working with TASH, he hoping to do his best to work with immigrant families by focusing on providing information on how to overcome challenges they face so that they will be able to cope with psychological distress and be in a better position to help their children with special needs. Chernet has excellent grant writing, reporting, proposing and presenting skills. He is currently working on an article which focuses on challenges of immigrant families of children with special needs. Chernet has a BA degree in Educational Psychology and Child Development, from Addis Ababa University, a Master’s degree and a Ph.D in Special Education from the University of Oslo, Norway. Please join us in welcoming Chernet to the TASH team!