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Greetings CAL-ED Attendees/members- from the CAL-ED Board President

This year's Conference theme is “Bloom for Success”. We are celebrating a fun-filled weekend packed with tremendous educational and networking opportunities. We come together in the spirit of harmony, understanding and improving the quality of ASL-English Education. By being here, you have taken a stand for all Deaf and Hard of Hearing children.

We are able to take an opportunity to absorb more knowledge from three AWESOME keynote speakers.

The first keynote presenter, Julie Rems-Smario is an educator actively involved with Early Intervention where she can further her goal to preserve, protect and promote ASL for all Deaf children as a basic human right. For the work she has done in the push for Deaf babies’ rights, she was honored by Deaf Life as the Deaf Person of the Year in 2014.

The second keynote presenter is Sheri A. Farinha, CEO at NorCal Service for Deaf & Hard of Hearing since 2003. She is well known as a dedicated and successful leader, advocate and civil activist on behalf of deaf and hard of hearing people. She is actively involved with a multitude of causes benefiting the deaf community, including telecommunications rights, civil rights, and American Sign Language access for deaf children.

The third keynote presenter, Dr. Ron Stern is vice president of the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University. In this role Dr. Stern serves as the chief administrator of Kendall Demonstration Elementary School. This is the Model Secondary School for the Deaf. He is also a leading member of the Gallaudet University president’s executive team.

After *ear/eye*-listening to all Keynote Presenters, they will be able to collaborate and share more with others. We look forward to your continued involvement in developing and using visual language to close the gaps within Deaf Education and the Deaf Community.

Let’s BLOOM for SUCCESS… in DEAF Education!