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.
Dear Families and Friends,
Whether you are a newcomer or have attended previous conventions, we are very happy to have you with us. This eagerly-anticipated get-together is a great chance to meet others with cochlear implants, to share stories, and make new friends. This year’s convention is back in Sturbridge Massachusetts, at the Sturbridge Host Hotel.
As in past years, Friday is geared towards professionals, particularly those who work with children with cochlear implants. The last session on Friday afternoon is open to all attendees, followed by our traditional Ice Cream Social on Friday night.
On Saturday, we open with a Keynote talk and end with a formal banquet. The Saturday and Sunday sessions cover a variety of topics and have something for everyone. We end on Sunday with a barbecue lunch.
Child care will be available for the youngest guests. We also have some terrific activities planned for older children and teens, plus events for young adults.
We can’t wait to see you in July 2015!