Jacob and Elijah Shaddox are brothers. Jacob is 21 years old and just moved into an apartment with his girlfriend. He graduated from a technical college with an Associate's degree in Computer Maintenance. He works for a school district as a computer technician. Elijah is almost 18 years old. He is hearing impaired, has Tourette Syndrome, OCD and ADHD. He is a junior in high school. Elijah lives with his mom Mary and her wife, his stepmom. Mary has a bachelor's in deaf education and a masters in special education, and is an educational diagnostician. Life is always changing and this blog has chronicled many of these changes and will continue to do so!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Texas Statewide Conference for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

This past Sunday I traveled to Houston, TX to attend the Statewide Conference for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. It was a two and a half day event that started on Monday morning. Two teachers from my department and a diagnostician traveled down with me. We had a wonderful time and laughed a lot, but we also learned a LOT!

There were four break out sessions each day where you could decide what session to attend. I attended one on behavior, language development and some others for administrators! I also did my own presentation while there titled, "iPads and the Itinerant Teacher". I thought my presentation went well and they had to close it, because the room became too full! Several people I saw afterwards said they really liked my presentation! There were many other sessions I would have liked to have attended. There were sessions for interpreters as well as sessions geared specifically for parents. There were many families there and child care was even provided. My teachers attended a workshop on Grammar Graphics, while I went to one on the Cottage Acquisition of Speech, Language and Listening! It was sometimes hard to choose WHICH session to attend, because during any one given time there were at least eight choices of workshops.

There was also an exhibition with several vendors there. I got to see the Advanced Bionics new Neptune processor. I talked to representatives from Sunshine Cottage, Phonak, Oticon, and Texas Hand's and Voices!

The next conference will be in two years in San Antonio! I can't wait to go again. I saw many of my deaf education teacher friends and some of Elijah's teachers from Plano! It also makes for a nice time to network and meet other teachers from other programs!

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