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Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and
Programs for the Deaf


Call for Presentations for 2017 CEASD Conference Hartford,  CT, April  19-21, 2017

Click below to submit your call for presentation:

Call  for Presentation  Submission

2017 CEASD Conference is the largest event for Deaf Education school administrators working in Deaf programs  and schools.

Presenting at this event positions you as an educational leader and subject matter expert. You will have an audience of more than 200 attendees seeking actionable information, new strategies, best practices and proven concepts to help deaf students to become productive global citizens making a difference everywhere. The topic of the presentation must be related to areas of the best practices of Deaf pedagogy, strategic planning, health & safety planning, leadership, communication, mentoring potential administrators, building school capacity, professional development  or risk management.

The deadline of call for presentations  is on November 30th.

The available presentation slots are limited (5 to 10 slots for 45 minutes and one slot for 90 minutes) You may be asked to give a presentation twice. The presentation will be given on Thursday, April  20th at 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.; 2:45 p.m.  to 3:30 p.m.  and 3:35 p.m.  to 4:20 p.m.


November30              Deadline for CEASDpresentationproposals EarlyDecember                                    Invitations sent toapprovedpresenters LateDecember                                    Conference schedule postedonline

February15                Deadline for presenters to register fortheconference March15                                    Deadline to submit draftofpresentations     ContentGuidelines

  • We strongly discourage selling pitching company products  services.
  • The visual presentation shouldbe:
    • Interactive and well-organized, with key points that lead to a logicalconclusion
    • Full new materials that draw lessons learned lifeexperiences
    • Legible from a distance. No font less than 18 point isrecommended
    • Grammatically correct,  avoiding spelling errors  inslides
    • Engaging and entertaining, to captivate the audience’s attention throughout the presentation
  • The presentation should allow for questions before the end the plan for at least 10 minutes of Q & A at the  end the
  • Speakers’ notes should be included in the presentation, as a clear aid to those who choose to download  an electronic copy the  presentation, after the

Presentation Logistics

  • A maximum five presenters/panelists are permitted  for eachpresentation.
  • Presenters must bring their device (laptop, tablet, etc.) to present their
    • Modern connections to the room projector are typically available, however for devices with less common connections, we strongly recommend the presenter to bring their connection cables/adapters.
    • We recommend presenters to bring a copy their slides a USB stick, as a backup in case there are technical challenges with theirdevice.
    • Wireless internet connectivity in the hotel is expected however not guaranteed. presenters should download as much as possible to their device. If internet is absolutely required,  presenters should prepare  a backup (portable hotspot,  cellular device,etc.)
  • All breakout rooms will, generally, be set theatre style for 25-75 The hotel does not provide staff to reset the room between presentations, so please do not rearrange the furniture  unless you plan to reset the room afterwards.
    • All proposals must be submitted electronically to CEASD through this link It must include session names, descriptions, presenter and panelist details (names, titles, organizations, bios and headshots). Bios are limited to a maximum of 100 The goal the presenter bio is to provide us with a high-level view your career and your major accomplishments. Photographs and presenter bios will be included in marketing materials.

Bio Guidelines

  • Full name, current  job title and organization’sname
  • Description your role in the organization and the products/services it provides
  • Highlights from your  career as it relates to your currentposition
  • Key civic activities and personalinterests
  • Degrees, certifications, awards, honors  and authoredpublications

Photo Guidelines

  • High resolution 300 dpi JPEGfile
  • Cropped head to shoulder in a medium close upshot

Important Information

  • Presenters are responsible for full conference registration fees, travel and lodging expenses. There will be no discount given. The conference  registration fees help fund CEASD Home Office which allows CEASD to serve Deaf schools and programs their needs for Deafstudents.
  • Photographs taken 2017 CEASD Conference presenters are the property CEASD and may be used for general CEASD promotionalpurposes.
  • Presenters acknowledge that CEASD may record their session(s).
    • Session recordings, presentations and MS PowerPoint/Apple Keynote slides will be available to CEASD members, conference attendees, and educational representatives after theconference.


  • CEASD will provide  interpreting  services for all
  • CEASD will provide  CART services, upon request
  • Hotel reservations should be made via the conference webpage. If reservations are made directly with a hotel, please identify yourself as an attendee 2017 CEASD Conference.


If you have questions about the education offered at 2017 CEASD Conference or the abstract submission process, please contact office@ceasd.org.

 CEASD Announces Their New Executive Director

The CEASD Board was also involved in a very historic meeting while on campus.  The board selected a new Executive Director for CEASD.  As you are likely aware, Mr. Joe Finnegan, announced his retirement at our conference in Kansas City last April.  The CEASD Executive Director search committee developed and solicited requests for proposals for the Executive Director position.  

The board voted unanimously to select Barbara Raimondo as our new Executive Director.  Ms. Raimondo brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the position.  Her background is extensive in both her professional career and her personal life.  Barbara has served as the Legislative Liaison for CEASD for quite some time, a role she will continue to fulfill.  She has been a national leader in many deaf organizations including ASDC and NAD.  In addition, she is the mother of two adult deaf children who are graduates of the Maryland School for the Deaf.  Barbara’s role as as president of the Maryland School for the Deaf Board will be certainly be beneficial in this new role as Executive Director. Barbara brings great enthusiasm to the Executive Director position and we look forward to this new transition.  


CEASD Participates in Writing of New Deaf Education Guidelines
Two CEASD representatives are helping to update and revise the document “Meeting the Needs of Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing:
Educational Services Guidelines.” Past President James Tucker serves on the writing team, and Government Relations Liaison Barbara Raimondo is on the writing team and is a co-leader of the team. The effort is sponsored by the National Association of State Directors of Special Education
(NASDSE) and Pepnet 2. The group recently met in Alexandria, Virginia to discuss the content of the guidelines.
This document was originally published in 1994, then in 2006, and was the basis for trainings around the country. The group anticipates that when the document is complete, in 2017, similar trainings will be available on-line.
 The writing team consists of:
 Leaders/Writers: Cheryl Johnson, Barbara Raimondo
Barbara Hecht, California
Tawny Holmes, Maryland
Jennifer Howell, Utah
Mary Lane, New Hampshire
Greta Palmberg, Minnesota
Tyler Porche’, Mississippi
Nancy Reder, NASDSE
Crystal Thomas, Utah
James Tucker, Maryland
Sherri Vernelson, North Carolina
                       For questions contact Barbara Raimondo at baraimondo@me.com.
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                                Friday, April 8th in Kansas City, MO

A tradition of our annual CEASD Conference is that the host school plans and coordinates all activities for the opening ceremonies. This is an opportunity for the school to shine a light on people and programs that support their mission.  In this case Kansas School for the Deaf did exactly that.  They planned a beautiful deaf centric event that not only honored our rich Deaf culture but also involved the students and the staff of the school. 

The backdrop for this opening event was a tribute to the life and contribution of George Veditz, a visionary leader best known for his efforts to preserve and nurture sign language by capturing it on film.  KSD students were woven into the tapestry of the event and the entire crowd was captivated by the power of this story of a hero from our deaf history.  As part of the event there was a live painting of a portrait of George Veditz by a local hearing artist who had agreed to do this on stage within a fifteen-minute time limit.  The Veditz film was continuously looped during the live portrait event to punctuate the importance of Veditz and his life.

Assistant Superintendent Luanne Barron was proud to share that virtually “the whole evening was created, choreographed and presented by individuals who are deaf.”  The artwork was subsequently donated to the CEASD auction.  The artist was compensated for his live performance from conference profits. 

CEASD has since learned that some members of the community felt that this hearing artist was given preferential treatment by receiving compensation while many other deaf artists who contributed their work to the silent auction did so as a donation. We are talking about two different things. First is donating goods and services for the auction. Secondly, we tend to compensate for entertainment in the opening ceremonies. We have also since learned that some people were offended that a hearing artist was chosen for this live performance rather than a deaf artist.  KSD has shared that the planning committee contacted deaf artists in the local Kansas City area about this type of “live painting performance” but was unable to find someone interested.

We want to close by saying that the entire Opening Ceremonies was a beautiful tribute to our rich deaf culture and history and we commend Kansas School for the Deaf for their creative approach to this event.  We are sorry that some were offended by the choice of a hearing artist to capture the portrait of George Veditz. Had you been there—you would have been caught up in the absolute beauty of the experience!  It is always our goal to promote our rich community of deaf artists and we will continue to seek opportunities to do so as we move forward.


CEASD Supports Nyle DiMarco and the Deaf Child’s Human Right to Language Access

The 90th CEASD Conference has just begun in Kansas City, Missouri and our Board of Directors meeting is in progress. As a national organization of educational and administrative leaders of schools and programs for the deaf and as a community of deaf and hearing professionals working together to ensure that children who are deaf receive the best possible, most accessible language rich experience from birth and throughout their education, the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD) has a particular interest in any information shared with parents regarding language development for their deaf child.  We believe that deaf children and their families should have the right to acquire American Sign Language (ASL) just as they have the right to acquire English or any other language.  We also believe that families with deaf children should never have to choose between having their child learn to speak or learn language.

In a recent Washington Post column, Reliable Source (Polus, March 28, 2016), Nyle DiMarco, the popular star of “America’s Next Top Model” and now, a favorite contestant on “Dancing with the Stars”, shared his views that there are many deaf children who are being deprived of their own language, American Sign Language. He also shared that he recently established a foundation, the main goal of which is to improve deaf infants’ access to ASL.  A firestorm was ignited when the Alexander Graham Bell (AGB) Association characterized the comments of Mr. DiMarco, who is profoundly deaf himself, as spreading myths about the benefits of American Sign Language and in so doing they alleged that the need for American Sign Language had diminished for children who are deaf.  Additionally they alleged that the use of ASL is declining dramatically and that “the window for a deaf child to acquire listening and spoken language is much shorter than the window in which ASL can be acquired.” Ironically, no actual research was cited.  

Strong reactions came from numerous individuals and organizations.  Dr. Peter Hauser, a prominent Clinical Neuropsychologist; the National Association of the Deaf; Sean Maiwald, the Opinion Editor at Gallaudet’s student newspaper The Buff and Blue; and Gallaudet University’s Visual Learning and Visual Language Lab have eloquently and succinctly articulated research findings that demonstrate that American Sign Language like any other language can be used to enhance the cognitive, academic, social, and emotional development of deaf children and that the critical period for language acquisition is the same for any language. Anyone who purports that there is research that demonstrates the superiority of one language over another is in fact spreading myths that have no basis in fact.  As our Board continues to deliberate we wish to acknowledge the recently posted letter from AGB particularly the use of American Sign Language and fully informed parent choice for deaf children and their families.

CEASD has long promoted the deaf child’s right to language and communication access through Child First.   Child First in part states that it is time to ensure that deaf and hard of hearing students across the United States experience the same kind of access to language development, social interaction, and academic opportunities experienced by their hearing peers.  This equity and equality that CEASD promotes through Child First is exemplified in Nyle DiMarco.  Whether on the runway or the dance floor, or paying it forward through his foundation for quality early access to language and communication, Nyle represents a vision of what the best future of our students in schools and programs for the deaf can look like.

Original Article: Reliable Source, Washington Post


A.G. Bell Response


Peter Hauser’s Response


NAD’s Response


Sean Maiwald, Opinion Editor for Buff and Blue


President Cordano’s Response


H.R. 3535 Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act Introduced!

On September 17, 2015, a comprehensive bill to reform the education of deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, and deafblind students was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Sponsored by Congressmen Matt Cartwright (D- PA 17th) and David McKinley (R-WV 1st), H.R. 3535, the Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act, will amend (more)

CEASD Reps Meet with DOE Officials

On Friday, June 19, President James Tucker and Government Relations Liaison Barbara Raimondo met with Michael Yudin, Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education and Related Services, Melody Musgrove, Director of the Office of Special Education Programs, Linda Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and others to discuss the Departments draft policy statement on inclusion of children with disabilities in early childhood programs. Click here for DOE-HHS statement.

CEASD expressed concern that the draft statement misinterprets and conflicts with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requirements that children be placed in settings that meet their needs. Previously we submitted comments to this effect. The Departments recognized our concern vis a vis appropriate settings and services for deaf and hard of hearing children and invited CEASD to suggest specific edits to the document, which CEASD then submitted. Click here for CEASD Comments and Suggested Edits. We will keep you posted on this important issue.


CEASD on Capitol Hill

On June 11, the Friends of the Congressional Hearing Health Caucus, of which CEASD is a member, held a briefing on Early Hearing Detection and Intervention for the U.S. House of Representatives. The event highlighted two speakers, Dr. Dana Suskind of the 30 Million Words Initiative, and Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Georgia (click for more info)

Click here to read Deaf Education Response DoE-HHS Policy Statement

CEASD Opposes USDOE and USHHS Draft on Full Inclusion! James Tucker, President of CEASD, VLOG about USDOE and USHHS Draft on Full Inclusion               


"Child First Under IDEA" by James E. Tucker, Superintendent, Maryland School for the Deaf The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), formerly known as Public Law 94-142, is approaching its 40th anniversary and (click here for more

FREE ONLINE RESOURCE LAUNCHED FOR PROFESSIONALS, PARENTS, AND POLICYMAKERS IN DEAF EDUCATION  Quarterly e-bulletins will address pressing current issues in the field now live at:   http://raisingandeducatingdeafchildren.org.


A big THANK YOU to all the schools  that contributed pictures for the CEASD website!