37th Annual Conference on Mainstreaming Students with Hearing Loss

“Speaking Up for Self-Advocacy!”

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

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Clarke Mainstream Services’ 37th Annual Conference on Mainstreaming Students with Hearing Loss includes a full line-up of educational workshops and takes place at the Marriott Hotel in Springfield, MA on October 13 & 14, 2016. Each day includes a blend of workshop topics covering the many facets of hearing loss and its implications for learning in typical classrooms along with topics focusing on self-advocacy and social skills.

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.”


Special features include:

  • Outstanding educational workshops
  • 14th Annual Student Track - “Making Connections!” A day-long program for students with hearing loss
  • Round table for Itinerant Teachers
  • Exhibit Hall with state-of-the-art hearing technology
  • All-day ‘Short Course’ designed for classroom teachers who have a student with hearing loss for the first time