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September 3, 2015

This Year in Marlborough, MA, Clarke Hosts 36th Annual Conference on Mainstreaming Students with Hearing Loss: Only Annual Gathering Of Its Kind Features Nationally Renowned Experts

September 3, 2015Online Registration is Now Open for The Sounds of Success: Believe It and Achieve it! The 36th Annual Conference on Mainstreaming Students with Hearing Loss will take place on Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23, 2015 at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center in Marlborough, MA

The conference is the only annual conference of its kind in the United States. This two-day event focuses on mainstreaming students with hearing loss and its impact on a student’s academic performance and social skills. Claire Troiano, Director of Clarke Mainstream Services, explains: “Today over 80% of students with hearing loss are educated in mainstream settings. Our conference, specifically designed for the professionals working with these students and their parents, draws people from across the country who come to learn from experts in listening and spoken language.”

The conference is sponsored by Clarke Mainstream Services, which provides direct service and professional support to students with hearing loss, their families, and schools through consulting and itinerant teaching services. Annually, more than 2,600 educators, teachers-in-training, parents and specialists benefit from Clarke Mainstream Services workshops, publications and Comprehensive Educational Evaluations.

Running concurrently with the Mainstream Conference will be Clarke’s Making Connections! - a program for students with hearing loss who are currently attending a mainstream school in grades 7-12. Since 2003 this program has brought together teens from across the country, many of whom are the only students in their schools with a hearing loss. Making Connections! offers students with hearing loss, who may feel isolated and unsure, a chance to meet peers with hearing loss and form new friendships.


  • Breaking the Sound Barrier: Universal Design for Learning and the Sounds of Success in Mainstream Classrooms. David H. Rose, Ed.D. is a professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, a developmental neuropsychologist and educator whose primary focus is on the development of new technologies for learning, especially for the most vulnerable of learners. He is the co-founder of CAST, a not-for-profit research and development organization located in Wakefield, MA, whose mission is to improve education for all learners, through universal design for learning.
  • Can a Deaf Person become a Doctor? Turning Life's Challenges into Opportunities; Shehzaad Zaman, M.D., a bilateral cochlear implant user, is an urgent care physician in New York City. He has been interviewed on NPR’s All Things Considered, researched medical bioethics at the National Institutes of Health and advised the US Surgeon General at the Department of Health and Human Services on improving care for patients with disabilities.
  • Supporting the Psychosocial Development of Children with Hearing Loss; Eileen C. Rall, Au.D., PASC coordinates The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Assessment and Treatment Implementation Program for Infants and Toddlers with Hearing Loss.
  • I’m a Penguin: A Personal Analogy to Growing Up with Hearing Loss; Samuel R. Atcherson, Ph.D., CCC-A, a bilateral cochlear implant user and an associate professor, is the interim director of audiology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in consortium with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.


Each year, Clarke Mainstream Services hosts this two-day fall conference to provide information on hearing loss and how to maximize success for students, parents and professionals in mainstream settings. The only annual only conference of its kind in the United States, anyone who works with a deaf or hard of hearing student who listens, speaks, and uses the English language will benefit from attending.

Claire Troiano, Director of Clarke Mainstream Services said, “Initially started as a way to help regular classroom teachers learn about the needs of students with hearing loss, the conference has since grown to be a national and international event, attracting a diverse group of educators and parents. Our presenters come from around the country and Canada, and are well-known experts in the field of deaf education. They are able to demonstrate- in practical ways - how to apply their knowledge and research to their everyday work with children with hearing loss."

“This conference is the highlight of my yearly professional development,” said an itinerant teacher of the deaf, “There is always a great variety of speakers and the conference is so well organized!”


For almost 40 years, Clarke Mainstream Services has been a resource for families and schools mainstreaming students with hearing loss. Because of increased early detection of hearing loss and advances in hearing technology, more and more deaf or hard of hearing children are learning in their neighborhood schools, instead of specialized programs. “Mainstreaming” is a term used to describe the integration of children with hearing loss into regular school classrooms so they can learn alongside their hearing peers. This now happens at earlier ages than ever before, with many children mainstreaming as early as kindergarten.

Students who are deaf or hard of hearing can thrive in mainstream classrooms, but it is vital that each student receive the personalized support they need to succeed. Through a variety of customizable services, we work with students, parents and school professionals to provide information, support and teaching services to help ensure that every child has the chance to reach their full potential.


Clarke Mainstream Services works with families and schools to support students with hearing loss in mainstream educational settings. Mainstream Services is a program of Clarke, which provides children who are deaf or hard of hearing with the listening, learning and spoken language skills they need to succeed.

Contact: Danielle Wollner, 413.587.7345