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Learn, network and discover new tools and resources to foster success at this conference for professionals, teachers, parents and researchers committed to helping children who are deaf or hard of hearing reach their full potential.

We are pleased to announce that REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for our 40th Conference on Mainstreaming Children with Hearing Loss! Information regarding the short course and mini workshops can be found directly on the registration links below and full conference details can be found in the conference brochure. Please click the appropriate link below to register. Registration for Making Connections! should be done using the standard online registration link.

Please note that the description of Workshop A scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 24 is incorrect in the brochure. The correct description appears below.

Already Late (to Listening) at Age 3: Invest in Their Future
This interactive presentation will address what is needed to meet the needs of preschool-aged children who are late to listening, and who will be educated in a preschool setting. Currently, beginning to learn to listen at age 3 or 4 is very late, but “giving up” on a child’s chances to develop spoken language is not an option if we want to keep all of life’s possibilities and richness open. With the participants, we will discuss reasons for children being late to listening, and challenges to listening and spoken language learning. Together we will design a preschool program that includes components that will lead toward success in helping the children develop the precious gift of listening and spoken language.

Click here for full disclosure of the 2019 Mainstream Conference Presenters.

Featuring a Silent NO MORE Performance

New for the 40th conference anniversary! Registered conference attendees are invited to a ticketed theater performance of life stories shared by individuals with hearing loss - Silent NO MORE. The cast of Silent NO MORE features five-time American Comedy Award nominee and two-time conference keynote speaker Kathy Buckley (the award-winning PBS special No Labels, No Limits) and acclaimed author and 2018 conference keynote speaker Rebecca Alexander (author of Not Fade Away). To learn more about the organization that powers Silent NO MORE, visit

Conference attendees are invited to attend this performance at a discounted rate of $12. Bussing to and from the conference hotel is available to conference attendees for $8.

  • To register to attend the performance ONLY, use the promo code: Nolimitsfriends3

  • To register to attend the performance AND for a bus ride to and from the performance, use the promo code Nolimitsfriends2

This production is open to the public and anyone can register to attend; however, please do not share these codes with those not attending the conference. The registration list will be monitored to ensure only conference registrants are using these codes.

IMPORTANT: YOU MUST click the green “DONATE” box to begin the registration process. ONLY ONE ticket can be purchased at a time in order to utilize the promo codes.

If you are not attending the conference but would still like to attend this performance, you may register at the same link and choose the General Admission ticket option after clicking the "DONATE" box.

2019 Keynote Speakers/Opening and Closing Sessions

“Silent NO MORE”

Michelle Christie, Ms.Ed., CCC, Ed.D, Founder and Executive Director, No Limits for children with hearing loss and families

Michelle Christie will discuss her production of Silent NO MORE, a theater performance comprised of true, awe inspiring stories. Christie is the founder and Executive Director of No Limits for children with hearing loss and families, which is an organization that teaches underserved children with hearing loss and their families the skills to succeed in school and in life through its after-school educational centers and distinguished theater arts program, promoting advocacy and awareness worldwide. Christie’s keynote will include a “teaser” of her production Silent NO MORE. The cast features five-time American Comedy Award nominee and two-time conference keynote speaker Kathy Buckley (the award-winning PBS special No Labels, No Limits) and acclaimed author and 2018 conference keynote speaker Rebecca Alexander (Not Fade Away). Christie will do a book signing of her book, Silent NO MORE, at various times during the conference as well as after an evening production of Silent NO MORE on Thursday, October 24, 2019. Information regarding how to buy tickets to attend this evening production will be made available at a later date.

“Self-Respect: The Foundation of Leadership”

Drew Dudley, Founder and Chief Catalyst, Day One Leadership, Toronto, ON

Best-known for his TEDx Talk, Everyday Leadership (The Lollipop Moment) and internationally-acclaimed book, This Is Day One: A Practical Guide to Leadership that Matters, Dudley will be speaking to the audience about utilizing self-respect to recognize and create leadership and resiliency for your lives and careers. Dudley has five strategies he lives by and to which he credits living a life of self-respect. He will share these strategies with the audience, as well as how to teach them to their students and children. Select audience members will receive signed copies of his book at the conference.

“Optimizing Outcomes for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing”

Barbara Hecht, PhD, Director, Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, Boston, MA

Sherri Vernelson, MED, LSLS Cert. AVEd, Section Chief, NC Department of Public Instruction, Exceptional Children Division, Raleigh, NC Adjust Professor, Radford University, Radford, VA

Barbara Hecht is the Director of Clarke Boston. She has worked with families of young children with hearing loss and has educated parents, teachers, pediatricians and other professionals in the field for more than 25 years. Sherri Vernelson is the Section Chief for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing System of Support at the North Carolina Department of Instruction where she oversees the sensory support and assistive technology section, which provides technical assistance to local education agencies to help them build capacity in the programs for children who are deaf and hard of hearing or visually impaired. Join two of the authors of the latest edition of Optimizing Outcomes for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Education Service Guidelines for an overview and discussion about these new national guidelines published by the National Association of State Directors of Special Education.

“The Listening Project”

Jane Madell, PhD, FAAA, CCC A/SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, Pediatric Audiology Consulting

Jane Madell is an audiologist, speech-language pathologist, and LSLS auditory verbal therapist, with over 45 years of experience in the field of pediatric hearing loss. Madell, along award winning filmmaker Irene Taylor, made a film called, The Listening Project. The Listening Project is a documentary comprised of interviews with deaf adults in their 20s and 30s. Most of whom were identified to have hearing loss as babies by Madell. Madell will show The Listening Project during this session and answer questions following it.

Additional Conference Features

  • Educational and collaborative workshops covering the many facets of hearing loss, its implications for learning and how those who interact with these children can best help them. Topics include but are not limited to:
    • Strategies to address late intervention
    • Self-advocacy
    • Engaging parents with professionals
    • Audiologists and teachers of the deaf collaborating
    • Social emotional learning thru expressive therapies
    • Teachers of the deaf and classroom teacher collaboration
  • Learning Lab on Cochlear Americas wireless technology
  • Learning Lab on MED-EL internal and external technology
  • Itinerant Round Table
  • Parent Round Table
  • Speech language pathologist and Teachers of the deaf Round Table
  • An Exhibit Hall showcasing the latest products, technology and services – there is still time to register to be a sponsor and/or exhibitor.
  • Short Course designed for classroom teachers – with a student with hearing loss for the first time
  • The opportunity to attend the theatrical production – Silent NO MORE on Thursday night, October 24, 2019

Making Connections! Program

NEW this year – our Making Connections program is open to students in grades 5-12! While parents attend workshops, students get to spend the entire day with peers learning self-advocacy and social skills in a safe and nurturing environment. Co-facilitated by two of Clarke’s itinerant teachers of the deaf, Emily Snow and Michael Marchetti, this program does not disappoint.

Registration will open soon, but in the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact

Conference Accommodations

If you require overnight accommodations, rooms are available at the Hartford/Windsor Marriott Airport Hotel at a reduced rate of $139 per night, plus tax. To guarantee this rate, make your reservation with the hotel online or by calling 800.228.9290 or 860.688.7500 by October 9, 2019, and indicate that you are attending Clarke's 40th Conference on Mainstreaming Children with Hearing Loss.

Professionals Can Earn:

  • American Academy of Audiology (AAA) CEUs
  • A.G. Bell Academy of Listening and Spoken Language (LSLS) CEUs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) CEUs
  • A Certificate of Participation that can be used to earn MA Professional Development Points (PDPs)
  • PA Department of Education Act 48
  • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) CEUs - however, you must contact MassRID at several days in advance of the conference

Return to this page often for regular conference updates. Please call 413.587.7313 or email with questions.