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39th Annual Conference on Mainstreaming Students with Hearing Loss

“From Access to Achievement: Empowering Every Child to Succeed in the Mainstream”

October 18-19, 2018 | Best Western Royal Plaza, Marlborough, MA

Please save the date for our 39th Annual Conference on Mainstreaming Students with Hearing Loss which will be held on October 18 and 19, 2018, at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough, Massachusetts. This year's conference will include a blend of workshop topics covering the many facets of hearing loss and its implications for learning in typical classrooms along with topics specifically related to the conference theme: "From Access to Achievement: Empowering Every Child to Succeed in the Mainstream."

We are thrilled to announce our 2018 Keynote Speakers:

"Effective Communication Skills for Interprofessional Conversations: What's in YOUR Toolkit?

Opening Keynote Speaker:

Mary Ellen Nevins, EdD, Professor and Director of Auditory-Based Intervention, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Mary Ellen Nevins, EdD, is an experienced educator of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. She is a professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and is the Director of the Program in Auditory-Based Intervention. Her attention to, and publications regarding professional learning for hearing and speech professionals, complement her longstanding work with children using hearing technologies to listen, talk and read. Nevins is recognized as a national expert on educational issues associated with deaf or hard of hearing children learning to listen and talk and the needs of the professionals with whom they work. Nevins will be sharing her extensive knowledge of interprofessional communication skills with conference attendees.

"Trekking Through the Hearing World"

Keynote Speaker:

Nolan Gardner, BS Communicative Disorders, Teacher Specialist at The Help Group in Sherman Oaks, CA

As an infant, Nolan was born with a profound bilateral hearing loss and was the first child in California to receive a cochlear implant in 1995 through California Children's Services. Although he was the only one with hearing loss in his family, his mother's determination guided him to grow up in a world full of sounds and to succeed. After attending preschool at John Tracy Clinic, Nolan continued his education fully mainstreamed in the Santa Barbara public school system, and successfully graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor's degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Nolan is continuing his education in a new field, Geology, while also working on his GeoTechnical Certification from the Pasadena Community College for a career change. Nolan also competed as the first Cochlear Implant competitor on the popular show, American Ninja Warrior in 2016. Nolan will be sharing his experiences and advice on navigating mainstream schools with a hearing loss.

Mainstream Conference Features

  • Educational workshops covering the many facets of hearing loss and its implications for learning
  • New! "Mix & Mingle" Social Hour for conference attendees, presenters and exhibitors
  • An Exhibit Hall showcasing the latest products, technology and services
  • An Itinerant Round Table designed for itinerant teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing
  • Short Course designed for classroom teachers

Making Connections! Program

The "Making Connections!" Program will be offered to students in grades 7-12 with hearing loss who are attending mainstream schools. 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. This year, the program will be co-led by American Ninja Warrior contestant Nolan Gardner!

Professionals Can Earn:

  • American Academy of Audiology (AAA) CEUs
  • A.G. Bell Academy of Listening and Spoken Language (LSLS) CEUs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) CEUs
  • CT State Department of Education CEUs
  • MA Professional Development Points (PDPs)
  • PA Department of Education Act 48
  • Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) CEUs

Conference Accommodations

Rooms are available at the Best Western Royal Plaza at a reduced rate of $134 (for a standard room) or $148 (for a deluxe room) per night, plus tax. To guarantee this rate, make your reservation with the hotel (888.543.9500) by September 23, 2018 and indicate that the conference is affiliated with Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech. You can also make your reservation online. Use password Clarke2018.

Sponsorship/Exhibitor Opportunities

To continue the success of this conference, we rely on the generous sponsorship of organizations and companies to assure that we can offer a quality event. Each year, thanks to the support of these organizations, we are able to bring in highly respected professionals in the field of hearing loss to share their knowledge and expertise with all who attend! We hope you will consider supporting the conference through a sponsorship this year. Exhibitor opportunities are also available.

Return to this page often for regular conference updates, including our announcement of our third and final keynote speaker. Please contact Beth Rochon at 413.587.7313 or fallconference@clarkeschools.org with questions.