2017 Conference

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The Illinois Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 53rd Annual Conference will be held at the Chicago Marriott in Naperville, March 3-4, 2017.
To download important conference materials, including the conference booklet, master schedule, and breakout session handouts, please visit https://goo.gl/pnJgdG

Friday, March 3, 2017 – Terri Patterson
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Terri combines her experience as a professional Early Intervention Parent Educator and a parent of a child with hearing loss to infuse every presentation with cutting edge information that’s real-world relevant. She and her husband, Matt, have two children: daughter Molly, and son, Riley, (who was identified with profound bilateral hearing loss at two months). Degreed in Social Sciences/Psychology, Terri, the founder and former Executive Director of Georgia Hands & Voices, and the current Program Director for the GA Hands & Voices Guide By Your Side Program, her role in Hands & Voices continues to evolve. As the Director of Chapter Support for the organization’s headquarters, her leadership skills continue to grow as she trains and provides technical assistance to over 46 Hands & Voices chapters across North America through one on one training, state and national conference presentations and national committee facilitation such as her position as Co-Chair for the CDC EHDI Parent to Parent Committee, authoring the DECISION GUIDE TO COMMUNICATION CHOICES, along with several other resources and tools published by the CDC.
Saturday, March 4, 2017 – Dr. Christy Borders
Dr. Christy Borders is a leader in addressing the needs of students who are deaf/hard of hearing (D/HH) with additional disabilities, particularly autism spectrum disorders (ASD). She has spent considerable time identifying gaps in literature and potential interventions for use with this population of students. Christy’s research stems from personal classroom and clinical experiences that involved this particular population. She has extensive academic and clinical experience and training in serving students who D/HH and those with ASD. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees both focused on education of D/HH students. In addition, Christy has over 10 years of clinical, classroom, and administrative experience working with individuals with disabilities. She furthered her academic and research skills and experiences through doctoral studies in the area of special education in order to attain additional strategies for D/HH students who have comorbid disabilities. Dr. Borders’ research has focused on the interventions teachers of the deaf utilize with this population and differences in educational services with the presence of an additional disability. She has been sought out for input on this topic for webinars, newsletters, invited journal articles, and collaborative research.
Steps to Success with Lynne Price

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Cost - $75 – workshop AND book - $35 – workshop ONLY

A 2009 survey stated that only 24% of deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing adults advocate for needs related to hearing. In addition to language, literacy, and vocabulary, children need to learn advocacy skills to fully access information and communicate in a global setting. Steps to Success presents a scope and sequence of skills, instructional strategies, activities, and assessments to enable a student to be an effective listener, a successful communicator, a proficient reader, and a knowledgeable consumer of goods & services related to hearing needs.


1. State areas of instruction appropriate to age and language level of individual children.

2. Assesses levels of performance, identify skills to be taught, and develop activities for goals related to advocacy skill development.

3. Create a sequence of lesson plans for developing in-depth knowledge and application of advocacy skills.

 Steps to Assessment with Lynne Price

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Cost - $85 – workshop AND book - $35 – workshop ONLY

Comorbidity - 40% of children who have a hearing loss have additional areas of need. Some children use manual communication to access and communicate. Many children are multilanguage learners. All of these factors make assessment of children who are deaf or hard of hearing a challenging task. This session will present different assessment strategies to identify individual areas of need in order to determine eligibility and develop appropriate programming.


1. Define areas of assessment needed to determine impact of hearing on ability to communicate and access information.

2. Analyze specific tests and case study responses to determine aspects of eligibility and specific instructional needs.

3. Develop a resource file of effective strategies to use before, during, and after the test administration to assure validity and create a comprehensive assessment.

Early Intervention Pre-Conference Workshop
Download flyer below for information! Registration is available online through ISD Outreach: http://illinoisdeaf.org/Outreach/Events.html 

EI credit requested for participants attending the entire day.



There are several ways to register for this year's conference.

Call (800)877‐1478 or (309)438‐2160 with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Hours 8‐4:30 M‐F

Go online and pay with a credit card at: www.conferences.illinoisstate. edu/itdhhconference

Fax (309) 438‐5364

Mail form (download below) to:

ITDHH- Building Bright Futures
Conference Services
Illinois State University
Campus Box 8610
Normal, IL 61790‐8610

 ITDHH 2017 Registration Form




Please see the attached PDF for information regarding the Deaf Art Show. We are looking forward to seeing everyone's submissions at the Art Show Friday night.  Remember - electronic submissions are accepted.  Pictures of art can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Also, we ask that those attending the conference have their students color the picture attached below and bring it to the conference. 



Grant and Scholarship applications are now available! Click here to find more information and to download application forms. Deadlines are January 27, 2017 for all awards.



Book your room at the Chicago Marriot Naperville in Naperville, IL by February 6th to receive the ITDHH room rate of $120.00 per night. To reserve your room, call 1-800-514-4684 and mention ITDHH or click here to reserve your room online.



Contact Stacey Thielman, President-Elect

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