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35th Annual Mainstream Conference

"Tuning In and Tapping Potential"

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.

The 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.

Annual Mainstream Conference Special Guest Presentations:

Teresa Caraway, Ph.D.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Dr. Caraway, Founding CEO of the new professional learning center initiative of the Oberkotter Foundation, is dedicated to improving outcomes for children touched by hearing loss and their families. She is leading the effort to establish an innovative learning center using 21st Century tools to support and connect professionals working with or on behalf of children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families through online learning, collaboration, coaching, and mentoring to advance Auditory-Verbal practice.

Dr. Caraway is also the Founder and CEO of Learning Innovation Associate, LLC as well as the Co-Founder and former Co-Executive Director of the Hearts for Hearing Foundation, in Oklahoma City. She served as the founding President of the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language and has previously served as a Director of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Auditory-Verbal International (AVI). She is a founding board member of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance. Dr. Caraway skillfully blends research into practice in her workshops and presentations to promote family centered intervention.

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.

Lydia Denworth

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lydia Denworth is a freelance journalist and the author of I Can Hear You Whisper: An Intimate Journey through the Science of Sound and Language. The book recounts her exploration of hearing, language, and Deaf culture after she discovered that her youngest son couldn’t hear. It’s a story that weaves together memoir, science and cultural history, and takes readers to the edge of all that is known about the exquisite relationship between sound and the brain. In addition to her book, Lydia writes the “Brain Waves” blog for Psychology Today. She is a former Newsweek reporter, bureau chief for People and professor of journalism at Fordham University.

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