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August 20, 2013—Guest speaker Warren Estabrooks, a recognized expert in the fields of auditory-verbal practice, auditory (re)habilitation, and hearing loss in children and adults, will deliver a workshop entitled, “Auditory-Verbal Practice: State of the Art” on October 11, 2013 at the Hilton Hotel in Philadelphia. The event is sponsored by Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech in Bryn Mawr and is designed for parents and professionals who work with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The cost to attend the workshop is $150 per person and includes continental breakfast and lunch.

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July 2, 2013—Lights, camera, action! Clarke Summer Adventure alum Justin LeBlanc will be appearing as a contestant on season 12 of Project Runway!

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June 19, 2013—Friends, families, teachers, and staff from Clarke Boston enjoyed a family-friendly day of activities at Clarke Boston’s annual Family Fun Day on June 8, 2013. The event was held at the Old Colony YMCA in Stoughton and featured an interactive performance by John Henry’s World of Magic and a special visit from Blades, the official mascot of the Boston Bruins. Families enjoyed crafts, face painting, and an exciting hula hoop stage. Guests were also treated to a community cookout featuring hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, and a delicious ice cream sundae bar courtesy of Crescent Ridge Dairy.

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May 29, 2013—Over 60 professionals attended “Supporting Students with Hearing Loss in Mainstream Educational Settings,” on May 3, 2013 in Sturbridge, MA. Presented by Clarke Mainstream Services, the daylong training was designed for speech and language pathologists, teachers of the deaf, early intervention providers, parents of children with hearing loss, and audiologists. Participants traveled from greater Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Vermont and Maine to attend. The program offered ASHA Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

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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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