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October 15, 2010

Clarke Mainstream Conference Featured on 22 News

October 15, 2010—The 31st Annual Mainstream Conference, presented by Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, was featured on WWLP's 22 News.

The annual conference brings together parents, students and experts on hearing loss to share knowledge and offer strategies to support students who are deaf and hard of hearing in mainstream schools. The theme of this year's conference was "connecting the dots academically and socially." Clarke Schools President Bill Corwin, who is also a parent of two children with hearing loss, reflected on their path to the mainstream. "They're thriving and they're participating fully socially and academically, and their speech and language is on-par with their hearing peers. It's been a great outcome," Corwin said.

Transcript provided below:

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(Reporter) Checking news now from Hampshire County - helping children with hearing loss connect with the rest of the community. 22 News reporter Jacqueline Jing is live in Hampshire County with details of the 31st annual Clarke School for the Hearing and Speech conference.

(Reporter) Connecting the Dots Academically and Socially that was the theme of this year’s conference. The 2 day event helps children who are hearing impaired, their families and their school teachers. The Clarke Schools give them advice and support and help families and schools work together so the child can grow. Because of early detection and advances in hearing technology, more deaf and hard of hearing students can be integrated into regular classrooms. Students also receive personalized support which helps them succeed. The Clarke Schools president who is also a parent of 2 hearing impaired students says the program has worked for his children.

(Clarke President, Bill Corwin) They’re thriving, and they’re participating fully – socially and academically – and their speech and language is on a par with their hearing peers. So it has been a great outcome.

(Reporter) Guest speakers who overcame personal hearing loss hardships will speak at the conference tomorrow. Live in Northampton, Jacqueline Jing, 22 News.

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Guest speaker Stephen Hopson was also featured in the October 13 issue of the Hampshire Gazette. As a former Wall Street stockbroker, Stephen Hopson won numerous sales awards and managed multimillion-dollar investment portfolios. He has contributed to three books, including "Chicken Soup for the College Soul," and, in 2003, he earned his commercial pilot's license. Read the full article (subscription required).

See photos from the event!