Resources for Parents


Annual Mainstream Conference

Tuesday and Wednesday, October 21-22, 2014

New Location: Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge, MA

The theme for the 35th Annual Conference on Mainstreaming Students with Hearing Loss is Tuning In and Tapping Potential, and will feature two days of workshops and general sessions on maximizing student success!

This conference is the only one of its kind in the United States that is offered each year and focuses on the impact of hearing loss on a student’s academic performance and social skills. This 2-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.

Special Guest Presentations:

Gael Hannan

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hannan is a writer, actor and public speaker who grew up with a progressive hearing loss that is now severe-to-profound. She is one of North America’s most sought-after speakers on living with hearing loss and her signature solo shows are hilarious and moving performances. Gael draws on a lifetime of experience including: growing up hard of hearing; going through school; social situations; the challenges of hearing loss in the workplace; and, most importantly, the effects of hearing loss on relationships. While entertaining us, Gael raises awareness of what it is like to navigate through school and life with a hearing loss.

Bill Barkeley

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Barkeley is a deaf-blind adventurer & public speaker (storyteller) that speaks about and does adventure projects with people around the world—disabled or not—on building a pioneering, adventuring spirit and overcoming the challenges in their lives. Bill's work is about helping others get to a better place in this world and paying it forward in a life that has been rich beyond his wildest imagination. Bill is one of 15,000 in the United States and 100,000 in the world with Usher's Syndrome which progressively robs its victims of both hearing and vision over the course of their lifetime. See why, in many ways, he believes that it may be the best thing that ever happened to him.

More information about presentations, workshops, and registration coming soon. If you have any questions, please email