Rescheduled due to Hurricane Nicole

January 25th- January 28th

Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa (“Westgate” or “Resort”)

9500 Turkey Lake Road

Orlando, FL 32819

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2022 Summit on Childhood Deafness Update

Out of an abundance of caution for Hurricane Nicole, FEDHH has decided to postpone the 2022 Summit on Childhood Deafness. 


The event has been rescheduled for the dates of January 25th-28th, 2023. All hotel reservations that were booked through the room block code will be transferred to this date by tomorrow (November 8th). If you will not be able to join us in January, you will need to call the hotel directly and cancel. If you booked your hotel after the room block timeline or with a nearby hotel, please know that your booking will need to be handled by you. 


More information will be forthcoming as the new event approaches. We greatly appreciate your understanding in this difficult situation. 


We hope to see you in January

2022 Summit on Childhood Deafness

This conference consists of multiple concurrent sessions designed to target language growth and development as it relates to children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing. This conference will provide insight into best educational practices, language development, and family engagement to increase outcomes for DHH students.
Who should attend: Teachers, school and district-based administration, Speech/Language Pathologists, Educational Audiologists, Educational Interpreters, and families.

Upon completion of this conference, participants should be better able to:

Apply language development and educational best practices to their school or home environment for DHH students


​Collaborate with educational stakeholders to increase academic and whole-child outcomes for DHH students

Questions? Please Contact Nicole Walsh FEDHH President
ASHA CE Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.


Event organizers are thrilled to offer pre-conference sessions on November 9, 2022 at the Westgate Lakes resort where the 2022 Summit on Childhood Deafness will be held. Pre-conference sessions are offered at no additional cost to conference registrants. 

Please see below for the schedule of sessions
Please select 1

Motivating D/HH Readers Who are Reluctant

The more students read, the better they get at reading, but what do you do when students hate to read? How can educators encourage all students, even students who are significantly behind in reading, to fall in love with reading? What effective techniques and resources exist for students who are above, below, and significantly below reading level to create a love for reading?  


Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing face unique challenges with reading. Language deprivation, gaps in background knowledge, and a lack of exposure to reading can result in delayed reading skills and potentially negative attitudes about reading. Explore what can be done to turn around a negative view of reading and how to make all students, even students just beginning to develop literacy skills, become avid and lifelong readers. Delve into reading with us and learn about effective techniques and resources for: vocabulary, comprehension, fluency, choice, access, volume (amount), conferring, ASL or spoken English read alouds, free book choices, book clubs in and out of class, book review videos, book talks, readarounds, book passes, summer reading, the gradual release of responsibility, and ScSR instead of DEAR or SSR! 

Want another round of pre-conference learning? Want another round of pre-conference learning? Registrants for this session may also register for Advanced ASL: Classifiers with JuneAnn Lefors and Janelle Berry.

Team-based Approach to Management of Pediatric Hearing Loss: From the Clinic to School
Lesson Integration (TLC)

Deaf or hard of hearing children face a number of challenges across their life span that may affect their developmental, social, and educational outcomes. While communication and decisions about auditory access and hearing technology are often the areas of focus, social and emotional development and education are also key to a child’s success. The University of Miami Children’s Hearing Program is a multidisciplinary team, including audiologists, speech therapists, psychologists, social workers, and educational specialists that work together to provide comprehensive care to DHH children and their families. This workshop will discuss each team member’s role and how to establish improved communication between clinical providers and school personnel. The role of our educational specialist will be highlighted and how she serves as the liaison between school and the clinic. Basics of audiology, including how to interpret an audiogram, hearing devices, and hearing assistive technology will also be covered. The importance of a well written IEP will be discussed, including how educators can critically review the IEP and psychoeducational evaluation. Attendees will learn what are key areas that should be included as part of a psychoeducational evaluation for a DHH child, as well as how to support their social and emotional development in the classroom or therapy. Lastly, attendees will learn how to identify children who need additional support or may need further evaluation. Risk factors for learning disabilities and mental health disorders will covered and how to appropriately make referrals. This workshop will include a combination of lecture, presentation of research, group interactions, videos, and case examples.

Assistive Technology (AT) in the Classroom: Lesson Integration - The PS/RtI: Technology and Learning Connections (TLC) project in collaboration with the ACCESS Project and RMTC-D/HH are pleased to offer AT (Assistive Technology) in the Classroom: Lesson Integration. This day-long event offers an opportunity for attendees to increase their AT knowledge and put to practice what they've learned. They will experience, program, and troubleshoot a vast array of low- and high-tech devices aimed at improving accessibility and communication in educational environments. This event is staffed by discretionary project personnel with opportunities for consultation, technical assistance, and discussion. Participants are limited to those serving students with the most significant cognitive disabilities, including teachers for students who are DHH serving this population. 


Attendees will have activities and should plan to stay the entire day, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET (with an hour for lunch). 


This event is limited to the first 32 registrants working in Florida schools. 


This event is delivered and facilitated by staff from the PS/RtI: TLC, Access, and RMTC-D/HH discretionary projects. 

For more information on the content for this session email and include “Lesson Integration” in the subject line.

Contacts meeting

The Florida DHH District Contacts Meeting will be held January 25, 2023 from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. ET at the Westgate Lakes Resort in Orlando, Florida as a pre-conference option of the Florida Summit on Childhood Deafness. This meeting is specifically for district contacts responsible for programs that serve students who are DHH. It is recommended that the district contact person for the DHH program or their designee attend this meeting.

Registration open soon!

Who are your keynote speakers?

Kim Sanzo

Kimberly Sanzo, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL

Language Over Speech: How to Ensure Deaf Kids Acquire Language

This presentation will make a case for a clear dissociation between speech, language, and hearing. It will explain how confusing access to sound with access to language can lead to language deprivation. The presenter will provide examples of common misconceptions, cognitive biases, and assumptions that impact our decision-making with Deaf children and may perpetuate language deprivation. Recommendations for professional practice as well as considerations for practitioners will be provided to help ensure that Deaf children acquire at least one complete first language from birth.


Elizabeth Rosenzweig PhD CCC-SLP LSLS Cert. AVT

Complex and Challenging Cases: When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going!

Demographic trends indicate that children who are deaf or hard of hearing are increasingly multilingual and/or have multiple disabilities.  While the age of identification has decreased, too many children still fall through the cracks and receive access to technology and intervention past the optimal age for language development.  It takes a team of parents, caregivers, and professionals working together to help children with complex challenges reach their goals.  This presentation will equip you with the knowledge and strategies to help these children succeed!

Don't forget your hotel room!

Special room rates available until December 30th!

T-shirt Hurricane Ian Disaster Relief Fund

Must pick up at 2022 Summit on Childhood Deafness



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Brian Newton

The Brian Newton Award for Excellence in Education, previously FEDHH's Teacher of the Year, is an award given to educators within the field of Deaf Education who excel well beyond the expectations. It is based upon nominations and voted annually by active members of the FEDHH organization. Only current members of the FEDHH organization can be awarded. If you know an outstanding educator, please fill out the form below!

*Nominations due by September 30!*

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We are in the very beginning of planning this awesome Summit for you all.

Here you will find the most up to date information as we finalize our plans, so please check back regularly!