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Meet Us in St. Louis
You’re invited to join us for our 30th annual Convention in St. Louis! It’s a big year for HLAA as we turn 35 this November and kick-off a year of commemorative activities, including a special banquet in St. Louis. Stay tuned for details!

Call for Papers
Look for information about the Call for Papers to be posted here and in the e-News in September. The deadline for workshop proposals is Friday, December 5, 2014.

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“I think deafness is a disability,” a girl named CiCi says.  “To me it’s not a disability at all,” says a girl named Isabella.  Both CiCi and Isabella are deaf themselves.  But they deal with it in very different ways.

“I love music,” CiCi says.  “And I hear it through my cochlear implant and my hearing aid.” (“Cochlear” is pronounced “CO-clee-ur.”) “I am okay with never hearing anything,” Isabella says. 

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Tennessee Deaf-Blind Project (TNDB) is a federally funded program that provides families, educators, and other professionals with information and training to help improve outcomes for individuals, from birth through age 21, who have a combined hearing and vision loss.

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The Creation Museum’s annual Deaf Day began in 2010. This yearly event features ASL interpreters and deaf volunteers. Some of the areas feature ASL interpreters providing live interpretation of presentations such as "The Last Adam." We hope many guests will come and enjoy the Deaf Day each year. Hearing guests are also invited, of course, and we expect you will enjoy watching the expressive communication of American Sign Language during the shows and throughout the museum. It can be a real learning experience to be surrounded by people speaking the beautiful language of ASL!

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NAD Ed Advocacy Workshop open to Teachers, Parents, Interpreters, Administrators, Advocates/Allies (10 contact hours = 1 Professional Learning Unit Credit) (RID CEUs – pending) June 30, 2014 – 8:30 am to 4:00 pm & July 1, 2014 – 8:30 am to 12:45 pm. Cost: $60.00

Presenters:
Bobbie Jo Kite, MA – Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center
Heidi Burns, MA – Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center
Tawny Holmes, Esq., MA – National Association of the Deaf
Caroline Jackson, Esq., MA – National Association of the Deaf

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BAHAMAS CRUISE FOR DEAFBLIND, DEAF, FAMILES AND FRIENDS FOR FIVE DAYS AND FOUR NIGHTS OF FUN
AND ADVENTURE. DEPART MIAMI, FLORIDA ON MAY 18, 2015. RETURN MIAMI, FLORIDA ON MAY 22, 2015.

Cruise ROYAL CARIBBEAN – MAJESTY OF THE SEAS with excursions to Nassau, CocoCay, Key West and Miami.

The Bahamas have so much  to offer. Explore the underwater world, swim and snorkel in the warm waters.
Explore the private island - Cococay, sunbathe and have fun with you friends.

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WORKSHOP INFO
Participants will be presented with a historical narrative on audism and oppression within the larger context of society. Other topics covered will be Deaf culture, societal privilege, social justice, exploring personal views/biases, discovering common language biases, interpreting roles in and out of an educational setting, ally roles and audism. Participants will be guided through the four levels in Ally development.

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This event will offer you the opportunity to meet people from Deaf-Blind communities all over the world. We are anticipating attendees from several countries as well as international vendors. You won't want to miss your chance to attend the international deaf-blind expo and experience all the things we will have to offer:

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SERID 2014 “Refueling Our Consumers” will be an exciting opportunity for professionals involved in the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf Blind profession to convene for an outstanding learning opportunity.  We have an exciting agenda in the works, along with excellent keynote speakers, and entertainment planned in order to Renew our conference attendees. Areas of training interest are primarily focused on Rehabilitation, Education, Advocacy, Mental Health Counseling, Interpreting, Technology, Social Security, and other Community Based programs.