37th Annual Conference on Mainstreaming Students with Hearing Loss

“Speaking Up for Self-Advocacy!”

October 13-14, 2016 | Marriott Hotel | Springfield, MA

This year’s conference brings together a remarkable and impressive gathering of professionals, in the field of hearing loss, who will share their knowledge and expertise through a wide variety of inspirational keynotes and informative workshops.

Topics include:

  • Developing Social Competence and Self-Determination in Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Pragmatic Language Development in Children with Hearing Loss
  • Speaking for Oneself: Advocacy for Social Activities & Sports
  • Peer Victimization in Adolescents with Hearing Loss
  • Early Advocacy in Action: Practical Tips & Tricks You Can Use Tomorrow
  • Executive Functioning in Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Music, Language & Children with Hearing Loss
  • Assistive Technology – Connect and Discover and more!

Special Features Back by Popular Demand:

  • “Making Connections!” day long program for students with hearing loss in grades 7–12
  • Opportunity to purchase Educational Products developed by Clarke Mainstream Services
  • Round Table for Itinerant Teachers!
  • Two educational Learning Labs
  • An Exhibit Hall showcasing the latest products, technology, and services
  • Short Course designed for classroom teachers

We are delighted to welcome our keynote speakers:

Shirin D. Antia, Ph.D.

Dr. Antia is a professor in the University of Arizona’s College of Education and has been involved in education of the deaf or hard of hearing children since 1971. She has taught children who are deaf and hard of hearing in the United States and India and has been involved in teacher preparation and research. She is the recipient of several research grants to develop peer-interaction interventions and to examine the social and academic progress of students who are deaf or hard of hearing in public schools. Dr. Antia is the author of numerous articles and chapters on social integration and inclusion of students who are deaf and hard of hearing.


Kimberly Peters, Ph.D., CCC-SLP/A

Dr. Peters is a rehabilitative pediatric audiologist and an aural habilitation specialist who has worked with children with hearing loss and their families for the past 19 years. She is currently an Associate Professor and Director of the Aural Rehabilitation Clinic at Western Washington University. Her research focuses on language, executive functioning and social cognitive development in children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Specifically, Dr. Peters is interested in the interactions between family environments, language abilities, executive functions, and social cognition in children who use cochlear implants and hearing aids.


Emma Faye Rudkin

Emma Faye Rudkin, is the first person who is deaf to win the title of Miss San Antonio in 2015. Emma defied all the projections of her doctor at the time of her diagnosis who said, “put (her) in a deaf school to learn sign language because she isn’t going to be functioning in a mainstream school." Her parents refused to accept that fate -- and neither did Emma. She attended a private traditional school, received speech therapy and even music lessons. In addition to learning how to play four instruments, Emma graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She meets every obstacle head-on! As Emma explains, "There was a lot of battling to break the mold of being disabled and being ‘the deaf girl.' I had to fight hard to get a part in the play or to learn how to sing and play music. It was always a challenge, but I was able to overcome it. Deafness has made me. It has shaped me and molded me.”


Read what 2015 conference participants had to say:

The conference was so informative and helpful! It reinforced some of the things I ready knew and taught me new ways of supporting my daughter. I wish I had attended years ago. - Parent, NH

What a great conference with quality presenters and lots of information to bring home to help support our students in the mainstream. - Outreach Consultant, SD

There are so many groundbreaking professionals in the fields of audiology, education, speech pathology and cochlear implant technology who speak at this conference…I have learned so much! - Audiologist, NY

Best deaf education conference I’ve been to…all the presenters and workshops were wonderful! Great chance to network and gain new resources that are beneficial to the work we do with our students! -Teacher of the Deaf, WY