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August 29, 2011—(text reprinted from AG Bell website) Self-advocacy in children with hearing loss will permeate many aspects of the child's life. Once it has been determined that the family's desired outcome is to have their child take advantage of the technology that is available to them, fostering self-advocacy can be woven into the routines of every day family life as well as into early childhood curriculum. As many parents of children with hearing loss will attest, the introduction of the amplification system, either hearing aids or cochlear implants, can be a frustrating time in the journey. Even though logic dictates that the more the child wears the device, the sooner the child will recognize its value, and the sooner he/she will accept the amplification and begin to embrace its use, for many families it is a difficult time.[More]

August 8, 2011—Max Schmidt, a student in Clarke’s K-8 program, is the artist behind the large origami flowers that adorn many of the offices and classrooms at Clarke’s Northampton campus. Max got interested in origami after receiving an origami calendar and researching other crafts. “He was determined to learn how to make them and found a tutorial on YouTube. He just kept at it until he had it perfect!” says Joanne Schmidt, Max’s mom.
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July 29, 2011—Clarke Mainstream Services is pleased to announce open registration for The Literacy Puzzle: the 32nd Annual Conference on Mainstreaming Students with Hearing Loss. The Conference will be held on October 20 and 21, 2011 at the Sheraton in Springfield, MA.[More]

July 28, 2011—Five individuals will be running for Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech in the New Balance Falmouth Road Race on Sunday, August 14. More than 10,000 runners will participate in this year's marathon, including some of the world's most elite athletes.[More]

July 1, 2011—(from the Hampshire Gazette) With relatives who fought in World War II, Keith Nolan has long dreamed of following in their footsteps and joining the Army.

About a year ago he joined the Reserve Officers Training Corps, and has excelled in the program's classroom and field training activities. He has all the makings of a model soldier, except for one thing: he's deaf.

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June 21, 2011—Susan Allen, Director of Clarke's Jacksonville campus, was awarded the 2011 Clinical Career Award at the 2011 Florida Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists (FLASHA) Convention. At the ceremony, Allen was recognized for her high standards for student learning and achievement, dedication to the field, and excellence as a teacher and adjunct professor.[More]

June 17, 2011—(from the Hampshire Gazette) The commencement speaker at the Clarke School commencement Saturday told students that his life and accomplishments were proof that you "have to be your own best advocate."

Stephen Hopson, the first deaf person in aviation history to earn an instrument-rated pilot's license, told students that they had to stand up for themselves and ignore naysayers in order to succeed.

Read the full article, with photo galleries.

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June 17, 2011—(from the Hampshire Gazette) Just a few days into his new job as director of the Northampton campus of the Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, Owen J. Logue watched students celebrate a milestone moment of their young lives at last Saturday's graduation.

It was profoundly moving, he said, to see "their sense of confidence, their aliveness, their feeling that they could take on the world, their strong identities, their social skills." They came across as "gentle people" as well, he said, who seemed to genuinely care for one another.

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June 13, 2011—"Using Humor to Keep the Conversation Going," by Melissa Griswold, Mainstream Teacher of the Deaf and Information Outreach Specialist, was featured in the May issue of The Hearing Journal.

Read the full article here.

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June 8, 2011—(reprinted from the Philadelphia Inquirer) The children are busy making a paper circus train, describing their favorite animals as they go. One boy announces he likes elephants; a classmate prefers snow leopards, explaining that they are "white as snow."

It could be a preschool class anywhere, except that the group is unusually small, with just five children, and all are wearing sophisticated electronic devices in their ears.

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