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Linking Up! Social Opportunities for Children and Teens with Hearing Loss

Clarke Buddies
For Students who are deaf or hard of hearing, Ages 8-17

The Clarke Buddies Program, for students who are deaf or hard of hearing ages 8-17 is gearing up for another amazing year! This program is a fun opportunity to meet, get to know, and connect on a regular basis with other kids who are deaf or hard of hearing! At our in-person meet-ups, you will be sharing advice and experiences, participate in team building activities, and build a sense of community. Older students can choose to be mentors and gain leadership and community experience while being a role model to a younger student.

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This program is for students with hearing loss ages 8-17 who are able to travel to Northampton, MA and/or Canton, MA for in-person gatherings.


Sponsored by the Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, this program gives students the opportunity to strengthen a connection with other students. In-person meetings include all of the Buddies and are led by experienced teachers of the deaf and deaf adults. Meet-ups consist of organized activities and social time.


Clarke Buddies runs from November 2016 through April 2017. In-person gatherings will begin at the Canton location on November 19, 2016! The first meeting is an opportunity for Buddies to meet and get to know each other. Parents are required to attend the first gathering. Please contact us if you would like to participate, but cannot attend the first meet-up.

Buddies gatherings will run from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

  • November 19, 2016: Canton Meet-up
  • December 10, 2016: Northampton Meet-up
  • January 21, 2017: Canton Meet-up
  • February 11, 2017: Northampton Meet-up
  • March 25, 2017: Canton Meet-up
  • April 29, 2017: Northampton Meet-up


All in-person gatherings take place on Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech campuses in Northampton and Canton, Massachusetts.

What does Clarke Buddies Cost?

The fee for Clarke Buddies is $35 for three meet-ups at one location (Northampton OR Canton) and $50 for those who would like to attend all SIX meet-ups in Northampton and Canton!


The goal of the “Buddies” program is to connect students who are deaf or hard of hearing and build a sense of community. By doing this, students can reduce feelings of isolation, create a sense of support and community among students with hearing loss, raise confidence, establish new friendships, develop a sense of identity, develop leadership skills, and gain advice about situations relating to hearing loss.

Meet the Program Coordinator Northampton

Emily Plant is an itinerant teacher of the deaf in her sixth year of teaching. She has worked with a wide range of students spanning from preschool to high school and came to Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech in Northampton, MA in 2015. Emily was a facilitator at the Clarke Buddies program last year, the coordinator of Clarke's Making Connections! program, and a teacher at the Clarke Camp, leading groups of students on hikes, camping trips, social bonding exercises, and encouraging students to go out of their comfort zones to try new things. She is looking forward to kick starting this year's Buddies program and seeing both new and familiar faces! Contact Emily at

Meet the Program Coordinator Canton

Sarah Brault is an itinerant teacher of the deaf at Clarke Boston. She completed her undergraduate degree in elementary education and child study and Spanish and her master's in education of the deaf at Smith College. Sarah has also worked children who are deaf or hard of hearing as a figure skating coach. This past July, Sarah presented at the Alexander Graham Bell Convention on self-advocacy and the importance of building social relationships. She is excited to be a part of Clarke Buddies and facilitating these opportunities for students with hearing loss to connect outside of the academic setting. Contact Sarah at

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Welcome to the "Buddies" program for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. We're excited that you've chosen to apply to participate. Please answer the following questions to help us learn more about you.


We will do our best to match everyone based on preferences but not all preferences may be accommodated.

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The fee for Clarke Buddies is as follows:

$35 for three meet-ups in Northampton:

  • December 10, 2016
  • February 11, 2017
  • April 29, 2017

$35 for three meet-ups in Canton:

  • November 19, 2016
  • January 21, 2017
  • March 25, 2017

$50 for six meet-ups in both Northampton and Canton:

  • November 19, 2016 (C)
  • December 10, 2016 (N)
  • January 21, 2017 (C)
  • February 11, 2017 (N)
  • March 25, 2017 (C)
  • April 29, 2017 (N)

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Thank you for your application to the "Buddies" Program. Please submit the following forms to "Clarke Buddies" via fax (413.586.6654), email at or by using the below mailing address by Friday, November 18, 2016. If you have a smart phone, you may take a photo of each completed form and email the photos.


Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech
Attn: Clarke Buddies
45 Round Hill Rd.
Northampton, MA 01060


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