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November 15, 2012

2012 Mainstream Conference Boasts Record Attendance

November 15, 2012—Nearly 250 professionals and parents, some traveling from as far away as Canada, Texas, and California, attended the 2012 Annual Conference on Mainstreaming Students with Hearing Loss on October 25-26 in Springfield, MA. This year’s theme was “Apps to FMs: Expanding Opportunities through Technology.”

Participants were seen working on iPads, troubleshooting FM systems, and experimenting with social media. Visiting presenters (who came from around the country and Canada) included: Dawna Lewis, Ph.D., Christine Gustus, MS, CCC-SLP, CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd, Gail Wright, M.Ed., Kris English, Ph.D., Betsy Moog Brooks, M.S., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd., Elaine Carroll, Au.D., Jane Hebert Koufos, M.Sc., M.A., LSLS Cert AVT and Lisa Elliot, Ph.D. Clarke staff presenters included: Amy Catanzaro, Au.D., Samantha Domingos, M.E.D., Emline Previlon, M.E.D., Erin Casioppo, M.E.D., and Heather Stinson, M.E.D., S/LP-A, from Clarke Northampton; Judy Sexton, M.S., CED, LSLS Cert AVEd, Rachel Harris, M.E.D. and Elizabeth Ruddy, MAT from Clarke Pennsylvania, and Jacqueline Garcia, M.S. Ed., Elaine Smolen, M.A.T. and Sara Toline, M.A., CCC-SLP from Clarke New York. Thank you to all of our distinguished speakers!

The conference also featured four engaging keynote presentations. Dr. Carrie Spangler, an educational audiologist from Ohio with a severe to profound hearing loss, opened the first day with an inspirational talk about her own experiences with hearing loss. Leeanne Seaver, the parent of a son with hearing loss and founding member and former director of Hands & Voices, presented a keynote titled, "What’s Missing in the Mainstream." Michael Chorost, author of “Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human,” described his experience mastering his cochlear implant. The conference closed with a panel of three young adults with hearing loss discussing how technology has impacted their lives.

Our 10th annual Making Connections! program, designed for students with hearing loss in grades 7-12, was facilitated by Evan Brunell, a former Clarke student and President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the AG Bell Association, and keynote speaker Carrie Spangler, who manages an Ohio-based support group called Hit It! (Hearing Impaired Teens Interacting Together) for middle and high school teens.

We were pleased to offer many opportunities for conference attendees to earn professional credits this year including: CEUs from the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and the Connecticut State Department of Education. AG Bell Academy of Listening and Spoken Language (LSLS) credits, Massachusetts Professional Development Points (PDPs) and PA Department of Education ACT 48 credits were also available.

View the 2012 Conference photo gallery.

Thank You to our Sponsors:

The Children’s Hearing Institute, Inc.
Gallaudet University
Cochlear Americas
Oticon Pediatrics
National Technical Institute for the Deaf/RIT
… and all our exhibitors!