Welcome to our 32nd Family Conference!

We are thrilled to present our 2024 theme: “Let’s Grow Together: How Families Make a Difference in How Kids Feel and Learn.”

This year, we’re focused on family growth and connections, digging into how families really matter for our D/HH kids’ learning and development. We’ll talk about how the things we do and share with family, teachers, and other grown-ups can really shape how our kids see relationships at home and at school.

Join us for enlightening discussions, enjoyable family activities, and sessions tailored for parents and professionals with D/HH youth in the following age categories:

– Birth to 4,
– Elementary, and
– Middle & High School – with a special emphasis on navigating transition after the school bus stops.

At ASDC, our focus is always on creating growth, forging connections, and making a tangible impact. It’s not just about individual families – it’s a collaborative effort of like-minded individuals dedicated to seeing our D/HH youth thrive.

We’re excited to embark on this journey with you, united by the rallying cry, “Let’s Grow Together.”

And remember, this isn’t just for parents and professionals – it’s an awesome experience for siblings and extended family, and especially for our D/HH kids! This event is for everyone to enjoy together!

See you in Nebraska!!

Nurturing Social and Emotional Skills: A Path to Success for D/HH Youth in School and Life

Why It Matters for the Whole Family

For children and youth who are D/HH, developing essential social and emotional skills is crucial for success in both school and life. These skills include understanding and managing emotions, getting along with others, and exercising good judgment. It has been recognized that these individuals may face challenges in achieving age-appropriate social-emotional development.

Advocates for Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) are working towards incorporating social skill instruction in the classroom. The goal is to address behavior, discipline, safety, and academics, aiming to equip kids, including those who are deaf or hard of hearing, with the tools they need. This approach helps children become self-aware, manage their emotions, build social skills such as empathy and perspective-taking, appreciate differences, form good relationships, and make positive decisions.

In simpler terms, these skills empower children to calm themselves when upset, make friends, handle conflicts respectfully, and make ethical and safe choices. It’s about providing them with the foundation they need to navigate the challenges of both school and life.

The Lied Lodge at Arbor Day Farm

Nestled in Nebraska City, NE, Arbor Day Farm encompasses 260 acres of natural beauty and historical significance. This national historic treasure is home to Lied Lodge, the one-of-a-kind Tree Adventure, the Apple House Market, and Arbor Lodge State Historical Park.

REGISTRATION

Space is Limited! Register EARLY to secure your spot!

Non-members | $500 per person
Members* | $350 per person

Special MEMBERS ONLY pricing through February 29, 2024 
$300*

*Members, please email Cheri for your discount code prior to registering

LODGING

ASDC Family Conference attendees will find comfortable, warm, and engaging lodging at The Lied Lodge @ Arbor Day Farm

Rooms | $199 per night
(plus applicable fees and taxes)
Use code 2407AMERIC to register online
or call 800-546-5433 and mention ASDC

Make your reservation today! Space is limited!

ROY K. HOLCOMB DISTINGUISHED LECTURER SERIES

The Roy K. Holcomb, Distinguished Lecturer Series, began in 2011 and supported the procurement of esteemed professionals and leaders for our annual family conferences.  These keynote speakers and presenters offer deep insight to ways best to support our Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing children through language acquisition and development, family support, and community involvement.

We are honored to have the Holcomb Family’s support as we honor Roy’s legacy and his contributions to language development and communication for the Deaf community. 

Keynote Bio and Topic coming soon! 

Learn more about the Roy Holcomb Distinguished Lecturer Series >>

CONFERENCE PRESENTERS

 Our general session presenters are carefully chosen as we design a thoughtful yet engaging curriculum to support you and your family in navigating social-emotional learning and how best to support your Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing child or student in that learning.

All sessions are fully immersive, interactive, and interpreter supported.  Deaf role models will be available to answer questions and provide unique perspectives while giving you the tools you need to serve your child best.

 

 

 

Speaker Bios and Topics are coming soon!

YOUTH SESSIONS

Our youth sessions run concurrently with the general sessions to allow parents to focus on the conversation while feeling secure knowing that their children are in safe, fun, and interactive learning environments. ASDC’s talented team of A.S.L. Instructors, Deaf Role Models, and special guests lead youth through exciting activities such as S.T.E.M. courses, art classes, activities that support social-emotional thought processes, and so much more!

New friendships, skills, and experiences are the key takeaways every year!

 

 

Youth session activities are coming soon!

 

Would you like to sponsor, table, or advertise at ASDC2024: Let’s Grow Together? Learn more here >>

PAST ASDC ANNUAL CONFERENCES

For over 55 years, ASDC has provided opportunities for parents and professionals to gather and learn from each other to create the best resources for our children.  Our annual family conferences provide a safe place for everyone to learn, share, engage, empower, and encourage each other as we work to ensure that every deaf child can learn sign language from the very start.  

We have a lot of fun too!  Take a look!