Past ASDC ConferencesPast conference locations and dates
ASDC has a long history of family conferences. Here are a few of the recent conferences held. Some family comments about past conferences include: “This conference was absolutely the best.” “We will be back for the next conference and will bring another family with us.” “My family had a wonderful time!” “We had an awesome experience!” “I left the workshop wanting more” “I learned more than I thought possible.”
2017 ASDC Annual Conference
Bridging Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
June 25 – 27, 2017
American School for the Deaf, Hartford, CT
The conference theme, “Bridging Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” focused on celebrating families and empowering them with resources, advocacy, knowledge, and skills. Lizabeth Katz and Leah Katz Hernandez opened the conference with a powerful presentation Across Generations: From Marginalization to Modern Inclusion of Ideas for Growing Deaf Children. Roy Holcomb Distinguished Presenter Mr. Tim Albert had families on the edge of their seats as he discussed Empowerment and Leadership. Other topics included: Trauma and Deaf Children: Understanding its Effect on Behavior and Learning; Sign and Spoken Language Interface – Applied Brain Language Research; What Parents Need to Know About Teaching Grammar; New Hearing Technology: A Parent’s Guide to Technology and Connectivity; Effective Literacy Instruction for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students, this session included two articles Every Child – Every Day and Supporting the Literacy Development of Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Inclusive Classrooms; Secondary Transition at a Glance; Tips for Family Engagement; Effective Partnership in Special Education; Finding and Keeping Balance in Your Life and much more. The conference guide is available by clicking here.
2016 ASL Learning Opportunity
2016 ASL Learning Opportunity
June 24 – 26, 2016
Sheraton Town Center, Columbia, Maryland
The 2016 ASL Learning Opportunity replaced the annual ASDC Family Conference. The ASL Learning Opportunity gave participants the opportunity to learn ASL and Deaf culture from highly qualified professionals. The weekend featured Dr. Eddy Laird of McDaniel College as the Roy J. Holcomb Distinguished Speaker, discussing Deaf culture, the history of ASL, and the importance of signing with children. ASL teachers Edna Johntson, Ursa Rewolinski and Richard Rose dominated the weekend by teaching participants how to sign with their children, deaf culture and much more. Participants were able to practice their skills by using ASDC Bucks received throughout the weekend at the live auction Saturday night. Dr. Melisa Herzig from Visual Language Visual Learning (VL2) closed the weekend with a wonderful presentation on new research from VL2.
2015 ASDC Annual Conference
Connecting the Dots
June 25 – 28, 2015
Indiana School for the Deaf, Indianapolis IN
The 2015 ASDC Annual Conference once again brought families from all around the country to enjoy the wonderful presentations, and daily activities provided. Keynote presenters included the Analco Family discussing the Road Less Traveled, the Stephen Family with a Family’s Love Story and the Roy K. Holcomb Distinguished Lecturer Ms. Betty Abrams sharing her story of raising two deaf children. Attendees left the conference with many new friendships, and feeling invigorated with all the information they learned.
2014 ASDC Annual Conference
Family Strong: Together We Stand
June 27 – 29, 2014
The Learning Center for the Deaf, Framingham, MA
The conference brought families from all around the country together. Keynote presenters Rachel Kolb of Albuquerque, NM and is currently a Rhodes scholar pursuing a M.St., in English literature at the University of Oxford and Dr. Ronald J. Stern the current superintendent of the New Mexico School for the Deaf and President of he Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD) gave families powerful messages about raising, educating, and expectations for students who are deaf. Families and professionals left the conference re-energized and ready for the new school year.
Click here to view pictures from the 2014 ASDC Annual Conference.
22nd Biennial ASDC Biennial Conference
Parent Choices: Keys To Your Child’s Future
June 22 – 26, 2011
Maryland School for the Deaf, Frederick, Maryland
The conference focused on exploring opportunities and building a strong foundation in five key areas, family, education, communication, community and extracurricular opportunities. The conference provided families five days of information and fun. Daytime workshops capitvated parents while children participated in educational and recreational activities. Evening events brought families together by providing the opportunity to form new friendships and peer support.
21st Biennial ASDC Biennial Conference
June 24 – 28, 2009
Oklahoma School for the Deaf, Sulphur, Oklahoma
For everyone that attended it was an event to remember. With more than 300 attendees, families from all over the world came together to celebrate their journeys, make new friends and learn about the many resources available for deaf children and their families. Oklahoma is known for its hospitality, and this was more than apparent in all that the Oklahoma School for the Deaf did to make the families’ stay as fun-filled and enjoyable as possible. Attendees were given opportunities to attend workshops during the day, while the children were kept busy with special children activities. The evenings were filled with the rich and diverse culture of Oklahoma activities.
20th Biennial ASDC Biennial Conference
June 28 – July 2, 2007
The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, St. Augustine, FL
With more than 500 people in attendance this was a spectacular conference offering something for everyone. Children were kept busy every day with fun activities, including field trips to the zoo and the park. Meanwhile parents were given the opportunity to hear keynote speakers such as Dr. I. King Jordan and his family, La-Verna Fountain and Kelby Brick. A variety of workshops featuring topics such as resources, advocacy, key parent training, transition, reading, genetics, sexuality, internet safety and so much more were offered daily. The evenings brought families back together to attend a carnival, take a train to St. Augustine, or watch a movie.
19th Biennial ASDC Biennial Conference
July 9-13, 2005
Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, Pittsburgh, PA
This years conference focused on reading, cochlear implants and preparing deaf children for life after high school. Among the presenters was Rodney Danco, vice president of finance at Danco Precision, an industrial molding company founded by his uncle. One of seven members of the school’s first graduating class in 1965, he recalled the advice he gave his classmates. “I told them it’s okay to be deaf.” Members of the “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood” cast and local sports figures opened the conference carnival, and a riverboat dinner trip on the three rivers of Pittsburgh was on the agenda. Keynote addresses included Elaine Ocuto and son Luke, Rodney Danco, Jr., Mary Lou Novitsky, and Dr. Marc Marschark.
18th ASDC Biennial Conference
July 26-30, 2003
Texas School for the Deaf, Austin, Texas
There was something for everyone at the 18th ASDC Biennial Conference. While children took part in camp-like activities, parents attended educational workshops. Evening events brought everyone back together for family focused activities. Through the Family Reunion theme the goals was to root deaf children in a rich lineage of support by bringing together immediate and extended family members, professionals, and representatives from the Deaf community. With the intent of creating a healthy family tree of relationships and services, they offered workshops on a variety of topics that offered information, outreach, and technical assistance to parents and siblings of deaf and hard of hearing children. Parents and professionals were able to share their expertise, experiences and enthusiasm.
17th ASDC Biennial Conference
Yours, Mine and Ours
July 12-16, 2000
Gallaudet University, Washington, DC
Gallaudet’s first hosting of an ASDC Conference drew a record number of attendees to Kendall Green. More than 700 people, making the conference a smashing success. The theme “Yours, Mine and Ours,” reaffirmed the organization’s philosophy that parents working with deaf adults and professionals from the fields of education and human services enrich deaf children’s present and future. The goals of the conference was for participants to emerge as a stronger family unit, better educated about the social, emotional, and educational needs of deaf children and their siblings, and better advocates for their children. Programs were offered to conference-goers of all ages. The numerous activities that were held during the week offered something for all interests and were geared to an individual’s degree of exposure to deafness.