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.

Exhibiting and Marketing Opportunities Prospectus
Is your company interested in exhibiting and/or sponsoring the Convention? The prospectus will be available this fall; sponsors of Convention 2014 are given first priority.

Convention Updates
Be sure to check this page frequently for Convention news as well as on Facebook and Twitter (@HLAA, @nmacklin #HLAA2015).

Call Nancy Macklin, Director of Events at 301.657.2248 or email


It’s time to start planning for the 2015 ASDC Annual Conference being held June 25-28, 2015 at the Indiana School for the Deaf.  The Conference theme is "Connecting The Dots:  Child  Family  Community." Conference updates will be available on the ASDC monthly email blast, the ASDC website, or the 2015 Conference Website,  Download the ASDC – 2015 Conference Flyer For more information visit or contact Conference Chair Deb Skjeveland at


Presentation: The APH Intervention Continuum for Learners with Visual and Multiple Impairments

Throughout life, learning begins with the acquisition of sensory information. The APH continuum provides strategies and tools for addressing the sensory needs of learners with visual and multiple impairments as they develop cognitive, communication, and social skills at three levels. The Sensory Learning Kit addresses the skills needed for attention to and exploration of the people, objects, and actions that provide contexts for communication. SAM: Symbols and Meaning addresses the skills needed for the late sensorimotor, early preoperational stage where iconic symbols are used to label concrete referents: the people, objects, actions, and places seen and touched during high quality sensory experiences. Tactile Connections addresses the skills needed for using arbitrary symbols to communicate thoughts about abstract preoperational concepts.

Funding is available for 20 families with a child on the TN Deaf-Blind Census

$75.00 Registration for for Professionals

For more information, contact Danna Conn at 615-936-0262 or email


Conference Theme:  "Walk with the Deaf Roots." 

Hotel Reservations:  Call (423) 881-3297 (Please tell them it is for the TAD Convention when you make the reservation

Convention Combo Ticket Cost:

By August 31st:  $60-Regular;  $54-Senior Citizen
At the door:  $75-Regular; $67.50-Senior Citizen

Conference Chairperson:  Mariena Terry

TAD Conference Schedule:

2 pm to 5 pm - General meeting
5 pm to 7 pm - Dinner break
7 pm to 10 pm - Workshop

9 am to 12 pm - General meeting and election
12 pm to 1 pm - Lunch break
1 pm to 5 pm - Workshops
5 pm to 7 pm - Dinner break
7 pm to 10 pm - Chris Wagner of National Association of the Deaf,
the Keynote Speaker

9 am to 5 pm - Expo
11:30am to 1:30pm - Picnic at shelter
5 pm to 8 pm - Dinner break
7 pm to 10 pm - Awards and ASL night show


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

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

More information including registration form & workshop abstracts/goals available at:

Sponsored by GAD, Gallaudet University Regional Center, Southeast Region & NAD


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:

  • Educational Workshops 
  • Meet and network with others
  • Visit the exhibit booths and check out and purchase new products
  • Don't forget Las Vegas is a great place to socialize and party!

Register online here


Wednesday, July 30, 2014
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Pre-expo SSP/interpreter training workshops
4:00-6:00 PM: Arrivals and registrations
8:00-11:00 PM: Opening ceremony and ice breaker party with free hors d’oeuvres and cash bar

Thursday, July 31, 2014
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Exhibit halls open
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Workshop 1 (TBA)
2:00-5:00 PM: Workshop 2 (TBA)
Evening: Dinner on your own, visit downtown Las Vegas, socialize with friends, etc.

Friday, August 1, 2014
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Exhibit halls open
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Workshop 1 (TBA)
2:00-5:00 PM: Workshop 2 (TBA)
Evening: Dinner on your own, visit downtown Las Vegas, socialize with friends, etc.

Saturday, August 2, 2014
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Exhibit halls open
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Tech forum 1 (details soon)
2:00-5:00 PM: Advocacy panel (details soon)
8:00 PM-midnight: Dance night with free refreshments and cash bar

Sunday, August 3, 2014
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Exhibit halls open
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Door prizes (winners must be onsite to receive their prizes)
After 1:00 PM: Adjourn and go back home!

Cost Information:

--International Deaf-Blind Expo Five-Day Registration:
Early bird until March 31, 2014: $125.00 per person (free for SSPs and interpreters)
After March 31, 2014: $175.00 per person (free for SSPs and interpreters)
At door: $225.00 per person (free for SSPs and interpreters)

--International Deaf-Blind Expo Per-Day Registration:
Early bird until March 31, 2014: $75.00 per person (free for SSPs and interpreters)
After March 31, 2014: $100.00 per person (free for SSPs and interpreters)
At door: $125.00 per person (free for SSPs and interpreters)

--Riviera Casino and Hotel per night: Luxury room: $45.00 (single or double occupancy); Studio Suite: $169.00, additionally 12% daily taxes (approximate) and a $15.00 resort fee which will include Wi-Fi, fitness center, in-room safe, etc. To request the special group rate, please call Riviera Casino and Hotel at (800) 634-6753 or (702) 794-9412 and mention International Deaf-Blind Expo.


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.
We will have various vendors at The Pit Stop where they will exhibit the most up to date information that can contribute and refuel our knowledge within our profession. This opportunity is when we have the opportunity to not only meet our peers, but to learn from others within  our profession.

Visit the Hilton Charlotte University Place hotel reservation page if you need help with reservations or have specific questions or accommodation requests.


Omni Hotel NashvilleNashville TN SkylineThe Symposium is being hosted by the American Cochlear Implant Alliance and Vanderbilt University Medical Center at the Omni Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee--the Country Music Capital of the World. The American Cochlear Implant Alliance is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance access to the gift of hearing provided by cochlear implantation through research, advocacy and awareness. Attendees will be Clinicians, Scientists, Educators, Government Officials, Health Insurance Representatives.  See website for registration details, costs and speaker information.


It's that time of the year--Come to the HLAA National Convention 2014 and mHLAA Convention 2014eet other people with hearing loss and attend communication-accessible workshops and sessions:

Over forty communication-accessible workshops and demonstrations on topics such as employment, advocacy, hearing aids, cochlear implants, assistive technology, and relationships. There are also dynamic and interactive workshops for leaders of HLAA Chapters and State Associations;

Hear Richard Einhorn Opening Session keynote speaker, a music composer who suffered sudden sensorineural hearing loss in 2010;

Attend a Symposium, Emerging Technology for People with Hearing Loss, moderated by the executive director of the CEA Foundation, Stephen Ewell;

Visit the Exhibit Hall with the latest technology for people with hearing loss; and

Attend Social Events including--
Thursday, June 26, Get Acquainted Party (GAP), sponsored by CaptionCall
Friday, June 27, Texas Swing, sponsored by Sprint CapTel, the off-site event at the historic Scholz Bier Garten with Texas BBQ and beer, live music by Hot Texas Swing Band, boot scootin’ lessons, and a chance to win 2 tickets on American Airlines
Saturday, June 28, Fiesta Banquet, sponsored by Contacta and featuring entertainment by Gael Hannan (comedienne), and music by Kenny Luna (bring your dancing shoes)
Sunday, June 29, Awards Breakfast and Ceremony sponsored by CapTel Captioned Telephone


Single/Double - $154 + tax                             Double/Triple - 169 + tax

For more information see: