We are shaking the Convention up for 2017!

  • The opening night Get Acquainted Party will take place at the CaptionCall headquarters in Salt Lake City and include dinner, entertainment, raffles and tours of the call center. 
  • Instead of the Awards Breakfast and Ceremony on Sunday morning, we will be adding a Friday night Awards and Talent event, HLAA Stars Come Out.If you are interested in performing following the award presentations, send a short video (MP4) of yourself telling a joke, singing a song, playing an instrument, doing a jig, or performing a magic trick…you get the idea! The top ten auditions will be invited to compete during the Stars Come Out talent show. Attendees will vote for their favorite act via the mobile Convention app; the winner will be the opening act for Gael Hannan’s production Huh? Life with a Cranky Cochlea on Saturday evening. Send your audition video via email (or Dropbox) to Nancy Macklin at nmacklin@hearingloss.org no later than March 15.
  • Sunday will be available for optional tours – more information coming soon about tours and an opportunity to see the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. You will want to take some time to see Salt Lake City and the surrounding area – breathtaking!
  • Educational workshops will focus on: advocacy; hearing assistive technology (HAT); and cochlear implants and hearing aids; and communication. In addition there will be a Hearing Loop track offered on Friday and Saturday.
  • The name of the event – HLAA2017 Convention (old version would have been Convention 2017). Add a hashtag and you have the start of a tweet! #HLAA2017 is the official Convention hashtag on Twitter.

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Continuing Education Opportunity:

This seminar is designed for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, teachers of the deaf, parents of children with hearing impairment, and all others who are working with young children with or without hearing loss. Technological advances have allowed scientists to peer into the mysterious “black box” of the brain. As a result, new information has catapulted the role of brain neuroplasticity to the front of the line in early intervention and education programs. Utilizing a research-to-practice paradigm, this session will summarize current research on brain development as related to spoken communication and literacy outcomes. Then, a rationale for early brain access and stimulation will be constructed. Current listening and speaking outcomes created by modern amplification technology will be highlighted along with strategies for obtaining those outcomes. The exciting news is that strategic intervention that capitalizes on brain neuroplasticity allows for spoken language and literacy outcomes never before imagined.

Registration: Cost is $30 for Methodist Le Bonheur employees, $40 for professionals other than Methodist Le Bonheur employees, and $10 for students. Parents of children with hearing loss should register, but can attend at no charge for the conference. A $10 boxed lunch from Holiday Ham is also available via the online registration site. Please see Holiday Ham boxed lunch options at the end of this brochure. Registration is limited to 80 people.

Please register at https://events.methodisthealth.org/MLHCE by Tuesday August 9, 2016, to reserve a place at this event. If you find that you cannot attend, cancelation is required via email at mlh.cont.ed@gmail.com by Tuesday August 9, 2016. Email Liz Upchurch at mlh.cont.ed@gmail.com with any registration questions. Parking information will be included in the registration confirmation email.


Functional Assessment of Children with Deaf-Blindness or Other Severe Challenges

Dr. Jan van Dijk is internationally-renowned in the field of DeafBlindness, pioneering the assessment and teaching processes for children with dual sensory loss and other disabilities. Since 1958, the "Grandfather of DeafBlindness" and "Father of Coactive Movement Strategies" has helped families and professionals better understand and serve children with complex needs, autism and behavior disorders through child-guided assessments, communication anticipation cues and calendar systems. Parents, caregivers and professionals will explore the van Dijk approach to assessment which focuses on the student and follows his/her lead. Learn about brain research and understand the relationship between cortical functions such as language, concept formation, and emotions. Dr. Jan van Dijk will also address the importance of how meaningful assessment guides intervention. To learn more about Dr. van Dijk go to http://www.drjanvandijk.org/

Registration Fee: $50.00 . Lunch will be on your own.
Families with a child on the TNDB Census are free. A limited number of hotel rooms are available at no cost to families.


The purpose of SERID Inc. shall be to hold an annual conference. State Coordinators for the Deaf in the Southeastern United States are responsible for the coordination of the conferences. The target audience includes health professionals, employers, consumers, educators, and other persons interested in issues affecting individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and/or late-deafened; and to further knowledge concerning these issues through publications, studies, and educational programs.

Conference Agenda:  http://conference.serid.org/agenda/

Conference Registration:  http://conference.serid.org/registration/


Please join JCIL as we recognize Deaf-Blind Awareness Week and welcome our new ASL interpreter Cheyenne Lindsay. 

Information about JCIL's services and resources for individuals with disabilities will be available. 

Light refreshments will be served.

Everyone is invited to attend-- interpreters will be provided.


Bapin Group is excited to announce The Second International DeafBlind Expo.

This event offers the opportunity to meet people from DeafBlind communities all over the world who come together to partner, network, share information, and check out amazing products showcased by renowned vendors. You won’t want to miss your chance to attend the International DeafBlind Expo and experience all the things we will have to offer:

1) Gain a wealth of information and enjoy networking,

2) Participate in workshops,

3) Visit the exhibit booths to check out and purchase new products,

4) Enjoy skits by talented DeafBlind patrons,

5) Enjoy the Saturday night Gala with a full meal and cash bar, and

6) Socialize, party, and check out beautiful Orlando, Florida!

Registration is now available for on-line completion.

DeafBlind people who wish to attend the Expo are responsible for bringing their own SSPs and the SSPs need to be prepared to interpret. Bapin Group will NO LONGER be coordinating SSPs for this event and we will do our best to provide interpreting support ONLY during activities planned by Bapin Group. We will have interpreting and CART services available for all workshops, the exhibit hall, and the events planned by Bapin Group. We will also have limited interpreting services available for vendors who request them at their exhibit booths.


TSD Comprehensive Educational Resource Center invites parents, caregivers and families of children who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf-Blind and Deaf with other disabilities ages Birth - 21 to attend. Schedule to include Friday evening dinner and family activities. Saturday will include parent work-shops, student activities and meals.

Registration:  $30 for a family bringing up to five members.

Please see the attached registration form for additional family members and cost. Scholarships are available; please indicate on the registration form if you wish to apply for a scholarship. Registration for the weekend will begin on Friday evening, May 27, 2016 from 5:00- 9:00pm. If you plan to arrive later than 9:00pm, please indicate on the attached registration form. Late arrivals may pick up registration packets and cottage assignments at the security gate.

Please return the enclosed registration form with your family's registration fee by April 29, 2016. For those needing lodging, cottage availability is limited. Submit registration as quickly as possible to secure your lodging. Checks or money orders should be made payable to: PTCA ofTSD.


Registration Deadline - May 31!  Pre-registration open through May 31; after that, we welcome your registration on-site.

Be sure to check the website frequently for Convention news as well as on Facebook and Twitter (@HLAA, @nmacklin #HLAA2016).