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Keynote Speaker – Caitlin Parton
We are delighted to announce that Caitlin Parton will be giving our Keynote Address. Caitlin Parton became the youngest child to receive a cochlear implant, nearly three decades ago. Caitlin received her A.B. in English Language and Literature, with a minor in Art History, from the University of Chicago. Now she is an attorney for Disability Law Center in Boston. Her early appearance on 60 Minutes with news correspondent Ed Bradley inspired many other parents to seek cochlear implantation for their deaf children. She represents clients with disabilities, including those who are deaf and hard of hearing. Caitlin is an experienced legislative advocate and public speaker, with expertise in access to educational courses and materials.
She continues to be active in DHH groups and is the incoming president of MA AGBell.
Join us for the Saturday Evening Banquet
After a day of learning and sharing on Saturday, enjoy a delicious dinner and entertainment. Our banquet speaker is comedian Mike Murray. Known as “The Deaf Comic”, Mike Murray was hearing impaired until the age of forty. His cochlear implants brought him into the hearing world and on to the comedy stage where he shares his unique experience with laughter and an infectious smile. More information about Mike is on his webpage: http://www.mikemurraycomedy.com
We promise many surprises at the banquet along with a special video from Cameroon!
Dear Families and Friends,
We welcome you to the 10th, yes, TENTH(!!), biennial Northeast Cochlear implant Convention, back where we began in 1997 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. We are so pleased you are able to come for this gathering. If you have come before, you know that the “Sturbridge” convention is a unique gathering of families, cochlear implant recipients, clinicians, and educators who get to exchange information and make friends for life. If this is the 10th time you are attending, please let us know.
As in past years, Friday is geared toward professionals, particularly those who work with children with cochlear implants. The last sessions starting at 3:30 pm on Friday afternoon are open to all attendees, for an opportunity to hear Catharine McNally, a CI pioneer who will speak and lead a panel on communication access technologies, followed by our traditional Ice Cream Social on Friday night, sponsored by Cochlear Americas. After the Ice Cream Social and after the little ones are safely in bed, adults free to roam should gather in the Seminar Room for Movie Night for brief but special captioned showings of precious footage that spans two decades of cochlear implant history, with lively discussion anticipated.
On Saturday, the younger children will sign in to the Children’s Program and embark on fun adventures. The adults will attend a program that opens on a historical and inspiring theme with a Keynote talk by Caitlin Parton, who was then the youngest child in the United States to receive a cochlear implant. Caitlin attended our first Sturbridge Convention in 1997 as a child with her family and is now the Keynote speaker at our 10th! Ms. Parton has gone on to a career as an attorney specializing in disability law. (Teens will also attend the Keynote, then go off to do other fun things.)
Following the keynote talk, adults will have tough choices deciding which of the fascinating concurrent sessions to attend! We would like to extend a special welcome to the young adults in attendance, many of whom have come to earlier conventions as children, where they got to know one another. Please take time at the breaks and at lunch to talk to our exhibitors, go hands-on in our Try It Out Room, and look over the amazing selection at our silent auction. We trust you will take every opportunity to thank our sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, graduate students caring for the children, and above all the volunteers.
On Saturday evening those attending the banquet will enjoy comic relief served up family style by Mike Murray, a bilateral cochlear implant user and accomplished stand-up comedian whose delivery will help us all to take ourselves a little less seriously! We will also be treated to a video from Cameroon from Rachel Chaikof, another CI pioneer, who is serving there in the Peace Corps.
After more sessions on Sunday, including our biennially popular kids’ panel, we finish with a traditional barbecue lunch out by the lake.
We wish you fine moments to remember, new information to ponder, tips that guide your way to better enjoyment of hearing, and friendships to keep alive in the years ahead, at our 10th convention!
President, Minuteman Implant Club
Marilyn W. Neault, PhD
Audiologist, Habilitative Audiology Program, Boston Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor of Otology and Laryngology, Harvard Medical School
Lydia Gregoret, PhD, AuD
Research Audiologist, Lantos Technologies