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January 5, 2014—Students in the Young Voices Program, a collaboration between Clarke and the Worcester School District, recently helped brighten the holidays for one special friend.

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January 5, 2014—On December 18, Clarke Boston visited Montilio's Bakery in Brockton, MA to decorate gingerbread cookies. The students got to decorate their own cookies with a piping bag of frosting and different candies. They also took a behind the scenes tour of the bakery to see how cookies and cakes are made.

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January 5, 2014—On November 25, 2013, Nina Fistler from Clarke Northampton traveled to Portland, Maine to co-present a webinar at the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MECDHH). Christa Cook of the Early Childhood Program at MECDHH served as co-presenter. The webinar, There’s An App for That: An Introduction to Using Apps to Target Spoken Language Skills, provided key information on speech and language iPad apps for parents and professionals working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The audience consisted of families, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, teachers of the deaf, and preschool and daycare staff. The presentation covered the features of a useful app, demonstrations of app use, and an overview of resources.

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January 5, 2014—Clarke is pleased to announce the new Linking Up! Program, a series of social activities designed for the needs of children with hearing loss. Activities are led by experienced teachers of the deaf and encourage leadership and independence while enhancing listening, communication, and social skills.

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November 25, 2013—Clarke Mainstream Services in Northampton, MA, will hold a practical and interactive 4-day oral transliterating workshop on March 24-27, 2014. Taught by nationally certified oral transliterators, this 30 hour training program will feature an introduction to hearing loss, an overview of voicing techniques, and live modeling sessions. Clarke offers the only program in the United States that trains educational oral transliterators who help facilitate communication for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The cost to attend is $550 per person. Massachusetts Professional Development Points (PDPS) and Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) CEUs are available for participants who complete the program.

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November 13, 2013—Fun, fashion, and fundraising were the theme at the 2013 Community Clothes Charity Sale held October 29 - November 2, in Wayne, PA. Organized annually by the Community Clothes Charity (CCC) Committee, this popular charitable sale features select new and gently worn fashion from high-end designers. All proceeds from the sale benefit charitable organizations serving the Pennsylvania community. This year’s sale proceeds will benefit Clarke Pennsylvania and local nonprofit Puppies Behind Bars (PBB).

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November 13, 2013—On October 11, Clarke Pennsylvania hosted 150 educators and therapists for a daylong professional development workshop. Auditory-Verbal Practice: State of the Art was presented by guest speaker Warren Estabrooks, President and CEO of WE Listen International Inc., a global consulting and professional training company located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Mr. Estabrooks led an enjoyable and enriching day that covered a variety of techniques and strategies used in auditory-verbal therapy and education.

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November 13, 2013—Clarke has partnered with ENT Surgeons of Western New England at 100 Wason Ave., Suite 100, Springfield, MA to host a series of workshops designed just for parents of children with hearing loss!

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November 13, 2013—Team Clarke was well-represented at this year’s ING New York City Marathon held on November 3, 2013. Stephen Albarran (Clarke NY parent), Jonathan Berger (Clarke NY parent) Kathleen Brown (Clarke PA parent), Fernando Garza (Clarke NY parent), Mary Jane Johnson (Assistant Director of Clarke Boston), and Rodan Luo (friend of Clarke NY), faced down 26.2 daunting miles in honor of children who are deaf and hard of hearing. The world’s largest marathon, the ING New York City Marathon draws over 45,000 participants from all over the world each year.

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November 8, 2013—Clarke Mainstream Services hosted its 34th Annual Conference on Mainstreaming Students with Hearing Loss in Springfield, MA on October 17th and 18th. Over the course of these two days, 199 professionals and parents came together for workshops, inspiring key-note addresses, and networking opportunities. [More]