Monthly Archives: September 2014

ACS Proud to Sponsor the Clarke Mainstream Conference October 22-23 in Sturbridge MA

This year’s conference, “Tuning In and Tapping Potential” will bring together parents for two days of workshops.  ACS Owner/Manager Mike Cano will be making an in-kind donation of his incredible CART writing skills and Business Development Manager Valerie Stafford-Mallis will be staffing an exhibit. ACS will be offering a special pricing coupon at its exhibit, so be sure to drop by.

Keynote speakers include: Teresa Caraway, Gael Hannan, Lydia Denworth and Bill Barkeley.  Special features include: “Making Connections!” A day-long program designed for students with hearing loss in grades 7-12; Special Parent Workshop & Luncheon for parents of children with hearing loss; New! Product Demo Learning Labs and much more!

Participants can earn professional development credits from the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), the AG Bell Academy of Listening and Spoken Language (LSLS), the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association(ASHA), the Connecticut State Department of Education, the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), the Pennsylvania Department of Education ACT 48 and MA PDPs!

Make your plans to attend NOW!

Hosted by:  Clarke Mainstream Services, a program of Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech
Event:  35th Annual Conference on Mainstreaming Students with Hearing Loss
Dates:  Tuesday & Wednesday, October 21-22, 2014
Location:  The Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center, Sturbridge, MA

Contact:  Barbara Tetreault
Phone:  413.587.7313
Fax:  413.586.6654

ACS Salutes the D/deaf Community During Deaf Awareness Week September 21-27, 2014

Scan ACS WordCloud Exhibit Design

Since 1951, the last full week in September of September has been designated Deaf Awareness Week.  The purpose of Deaf Awareness Week is to educate communities about the many issues the deaf population face during everyday life, as well as to honor the history and culture of people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. ACS recognizes the deep, rich, and varied culture found in the D/deaf and hard-of-hearing community and is proud to provide services that help make the spoken word accessible. 

ACS supports and embraces the following Deaf Awareness Week objectives. To learn more, please reach out to

  • To differentiate between misconception and fact about deaf and hard of hearing people and deaf culture.
  • To understand the differences in the attitudinal approaches to being deaf or hard of hearing by the hearing public and by deaf or hard of hearing people themselves.
  • To learn about types, degrees, and causes of hearing loss and other audiological information.
  • To become familiar with terminology related to being deaf or hard of hearing.
  • To become familiar with sign language and other ways deaf and hard of hearing people communicate.
  • To understand the functions of assistive devices used by people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • To better understand an interpreter’s role.
  • To learn about the types of educational programs and support services that are available to deaf and hard of hearing children.
  • To gain an understanding of the psychosocial aspects of being deaf or hard of hearing.
  • To become familiar with the services and resources that are available to the deaf and hard of hearing community.
  • To learn about communicating with deaf and hard of hearing people.
  • To have a better understanding of deaf culture.
  • To recognize that “Deaf People Can Do Anything Except Hear!”

Source: Neighborhood Link website