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August 20, 2012

Registration Open for Clarke’s Annual Mainstream Conference: October 25-26

August 20, 2012—Apps to FMs: Expanding Opportunities through Technology, Clarke’s 33rd Annual Fall Conference on Mainstreaming Students with Hearing Loss, will be held on October 25-26, 2012 at the Sheraton Hotel in Springfield, MA. Designed for parents and professionals, this one-of-a-kind conference brings experts in the fields of education, hearing loss, and child development together for two days of presentations, workshops, and discussions.

Sessions include Speech Apps on the i-Pad, Develop Your Personal Learning Networks Using Social Media, Enriching Vocabulary through Technology, The Complexities of Listening with a Mild Hearing Loss, It Takes Years to 'Grow' a Self-Advocate, and FM Solutions: The Why’s and How’s.

Dr. Carrie Spangler, an educational audiologist from Ohio with a severe-to-profound hearing loss, will open the conference with an advocacy-oriented talk titled, The Journey is about Me … AND about Us. Leeanne Seaver, a parent and founding member of Hands & Voices, will present What’s Missing in the Mainstream, a straight-talking reality check on academic, social and emotional issues faced by children with hearing loss and their parents. Michael Chorost, author of “Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human,” will deliver an emotional presentation on how cochlear implant technology enabled his education as a child and his career as an adult. The conference closes on Friday with Hear It Like It Is, a discussion on the impact of technology on daily life moderated by a panel of young adults with hearing loss.

Conference highlights include a short course designed for teachers working with a student with hearing loss for the first time, a round table for itinerant teachers, a special session for parents and professionals on family relationships, and our 10th Annual Making Connections! track for students in grades 7-12.

Clarke’s annual conference offers the most up-to-date information on hearing loss and its impact in educational settings. Each year over 200 teachers of the deaf, general education teachers, special education teachers, paraprofessionals, speech and language pathologists, audiologists, school administrators, parents, school counselors, oral transliterators and interpreters, school psychologists, early intervention specialists, and auditory-verbal therapists attend this one-of-a-kind conference.

Conference participants have an opportunity to earn professional credits from the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), the A.G.Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language (LSLS), the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the Connecticut State Department of Education, and the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). Massachusetts Professional Development Points and Pennsylvania Department of Education Act 48 credits are also available.

To register online or for more information about the conference visit