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May 21, 2013—On May 20, 2013, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the 2013-2014 state budget into law, which for the first time includes funding for auditory oral education programs, benefiting Florida families who want their children who are deaf and hard of hearing to learn to listen and talk.

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May 7, 2013—(Published as "Clarke Schools Offer Summer Adventures," The Springfield Republican) "This summer program is unlike any other program for children and teens with hearing loss in the country because of the people involved - both in terms of their expertise and the time and endless energy they devote to the students and families. Kids come here for two weeks and go home realizing that they are part of something extremely special," says Ashley Kachelmeyer, coordinator of Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech Summer Adventure program.

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May 7, 2013—(Published as "ESSENTIAL IN ENSURING ACCESS TO SERVICES: A Teacher of the Deaf," in Odyssey Magazine) From down the hall in the local preschool, laughter can be heard as 4- year-old Jacob works in the physical therapy room. Among the colorful balls, heavy mats, climbing stairs, and therapy tools, Jacob’s soft red curls bounce and his eyes sparkle behind the frames of his blue glasses. “Go!” His therapist models the word by saying it and gesturing across the line of colorful rubber squares. Jacob, his hearing aids tucked behind his ears, attempts to imitate her as he awaits the opportunity to hop across the colored mats.

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May 7, 2013—(published as "Hampshire Regional Program New Home for Deaf Students," Daily Hampshire Gazette) In a recent American history class at Hampshire Regional High School, four deaf teens were among the students going over the answers to a quiz on the Mexican-American War.

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May 7, 2013—(published as "Jacksonville Speech Centers Holding Events for Better Hearing and Speech Awareness Month" on WJCT.org) Hearing loss is the most frequently diagnosed birth defect. According to Cynthia Robinson, Co-Director of the Jacksonville Campus of the Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, 33% of children in Florida do not receive follow-up hearing screenings after initial ones when they're newborns.

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April 8, 2013—“This summer program is unlike any other program for children and teens with hearing loss in the country because of the people involved - both in terms of their expertise and the time and endless energy they devote to the students and families. Kids come here for two weeks and go home realizing that they are part of something extremely special,” says Ashley Kachelmeyer, M.E.D., coordinator of Clarke’s 2013 Summer Adventure program.

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March 25, 2013—Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech in Pennsylvania is once again partnering with the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for the summer session of PPCI: Professional Preparation in Cochlear Implants. The on-site portion of PPCI will be held at Clarke Philadelphia and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia from July 8 – 20, 2013. Judy Sexton, Director of Clarke Philadelphia, and Dr. Joan Luckhurst, professor at LaSalle University, will serve as co-instructors. Workshop attendees will view presentations by Clarke professionals Jeana Novak and Sherri Fickenscher and participate in daily guided therapy sessions under the direction of speech-language pathologist Cara Iuliano.

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March 13, 2013—Thank you to everyone who participated in the Kilwins Ice Cream Run on March 2! Over 500 runners braved a chilly morning for the 5K race and 1 mile fun run! View official race results.

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March 12, 2013—Clarke Mainstream Services will present a special workshop for speech language pathologists on Friday, May 3, 2013 in Sturbridge, MA. Other professionals, including teachers of the deaf, early intervention providers, and audiologists, and parents of children with hearing loss are also welcome. ASHA credits are available (pending approval).

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January 15, 2013—Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech is requesting proposals for the 34th Annual Conference on Mainstreaming Students with Hearing Loss to be held October 17-18, 2013 in Springfield, MA. This annual conference brings together educators, therapists, and parents for two days of workshops and sessions on the topic of educating students with hearing loss in mainstream classrooms.

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