ASDC’s Annual Conferences are a time for you and your family to come meet new friends, see old friends, share strategies, create networking opportunities, and to brainstorm ideas for the educational future of deaf and hard-of-hearing children. Through our conferences, ASDC welcomes parents, professionals, and educators to explore areas of family, communication, advocacy, community, and education!


Attendees will gain new and fresh approaches on how to address decisions regarding deaf and hard of hearing children. Adults will participate in workshops and roundtable discussions while children will participate in a day program filled with fun activities geared towards their age groups, and Deaf Mentors!


Our conferences promise everyone a great time! Join us!



Interested in presenting at our Foundations of Literacy Conference in October? Submit your abstracts by Feb 6, 2023:

Roy K. Holcomb Distinguished Lecture Series

The American Society for Deaf Children is proud to honor Mr. Roy K. Holcomb by providing the Roy K. Holcomb Distinguished Lecture Series at the start of each ASDC Conference.   Mr. Holcomb, also known as the “Father of Total Communication” was one of the founders of the International Association of Parents of Deaf Children (IAPD), now known as the American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC).    The Holcomb Family generously donate proceeds from the book Deaf Culture, Our Way, Anecdotes from the Deaf Communityand offer generous donations to bring distinguished lecturers to the ASDC Conference each year.

The Roy K. Holcomb Distinguished Lecture Series began in 2011.

Our RKH Distinguished Lecturers:

2023 – Williamsburg, VA – Lecturer – TBA

2022 – Anaheim, CA – Lecturer – Dr. Jaime A.B. Wilson

2019 – Newark, Delaware – Lecturer – Dr. Michella Maiorana-Basas

2018 – Salt Lake City, Utah – Lecturer – Ms. Roberta Cordano

2017 – Hartford, Connecticut – Lecturer – Mr. Tim Albert

2016 – Columbia, Maryland – Lecturer – Dr. Eddy F. Laird

2015 – Indianapolis, Indiana  – Lecturer –  Ms. Betty Abrams

2014 – Framingham, Massachusetts – Lecturer – Ms. Rachel Kolb

2011- Frederick, Maryland – Lecturer – Dr. Thomas K. Holcomb


Past ASDC Annual Conferences


For over 55 years, ASDC has provided opportunities for parents and professionals to gather and learn from each other in order 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!
ASDC Annual Conferences


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