36th Annual Conference on Mainstreaming Students with Hearing Loss

“The Sounds of Success: Believe It and Achieve It!”

October 22 & 23, 2015

Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center (Directions)
Marlborough, MA

One of the nation’s only gathering of its kind that is offered each year and focuses on the impact of hearing loss on a student’s academic performance and social skills. This two-day event, draws approximately 250-275 participants including parents, classroom teachers and para-professionals, teachers of the deaf, speech and language pathologists, audiologists, school administrators and other educational professionals – all working in mainstream settings with preschoolers through high school age students using listening and spoken language.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22

photo of David Rose
Opening Keynote

“Breaking the Sound Barrier: Universal Design for Learning and the Sounds of Success in Mainstream Classrooms”

David H. Rose, Ed.D. is a developmental neuropsychologist and educator whose primary focus is on the development of new technologies for learning, especially for the most vulnerable of learners. In 1984, Dr. Rose co-founded CAST, a not-for-profit research and development organization whose mission is to improve education, for all learners, through innovative uses of modern multimedia technology and contemporary research in the cognitive neurosciences. That work has grown into a new field called Universal Design for Learning which now influences educational policy and practice throughout the United States and beyond. In addition to his work at CAST, Dr. Rose has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for over three decades.


photo of Shehzaad Zaman
Closing Keynote

“Can a Deaf Person become a Doctor? Turning Life's Challenges into Opportunities”

Shehzaad Zaman, M.D. is a physician in New York City. He was born in Long Island, New York and received his B.S. from Haverford College, attended medical school in Maine and trained at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, University of California Davis Medical Center and South Nassau Communities Hospital. He was interviewed on NPR’s All Things Considered, worked at the NY State Department of Health, 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. As a child, Shehzaad participated in the Clarke Summer Program and his keynote will draw on a variety of educational experiences, including role models, challenges, and strategies that were instrumental in successfully navigating his journey into medicine, where he treats around 100 new patients a week in urgent care medicine.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23

photo of Eileen Rall
Opening Keynote

“Supporting the Psychosocial Development of Children with Hearing Loss”

Eileen C. Rall, Au.D., PASC has been an audiologist at The Center for Childhood Communication (CCC) at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) since 1995. She received her M.S. from Vanderbilt University in 1987 and an Au.D. from the CMU/VUBWC distance learning program in December, 2004. Along with clinical responsibilities at the CCC, Eileen coordinates CHOP’s Assessment and Treatment Implementation Program for Infants and toddlers with Hearing Loss – Enhancing Rehabilitation “CATIPIHLER.” Eileen currently participates in all aspects of patient care within the department but has a special interest in pediatric amplification and supporting psychosocial development of children with hearing loss.


photo of Samuel Atcherson
Closing Keynote

“I’m a Penguin: A Personal Analogy to Growing Up with Hearing Loss”

Samuel R. Atcherson, Ph.D., CCC-A is a bilateral cochlear implant user and a long time user of hearing aids and hearing assistive and access technologies. He received his bachelors and masters degrees at the University of Georgia and his doctorate at the University of Memphis. He is currently associate professor and interim director of audiology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in consortium with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Sam has been active in his state professional organizations, is a founding board member of the Arkansas Hands and Voices chapter, and is past president of the Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Losses.