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March 29, 2017

Contact: Frank Kruppenbacher
Director, Public Relations
Rochester School for the Deaf
1545 St. Paul Street, Rochester, NY 14621
585-336-5809; 585-490-2811 (Mobile/Text)
fkruppenbacher@rsdeaf.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

RSD to Host 8th Summit of the National American Sign Language & English Bilingual Consortium for Early Childhood Education
Up to 130 Attendees Anticipated from the United States and Canada

Rochester, NY – Early childhood education professionals in the field of Deaf Bilingual Education will gather in Rochester, NY, April 6-8, 2017, for the 8th Annual Summit of the National American Sign Language (ASL) & English Bilingual Consortium for Early Childhood Education (NASLECE). Rochester School for the Deaf (RSD), located at 1545 St. Paul Street, in the city, is the Summit’s host school.

The summit will officially open, Friday, April 7th, at approximately 8:45 a.m. in RSD's Westervelt Hall auditorium. RSD Superintendent Antony A. L. McLetchie and officials from the New York State Regents and City of Rochester government will be on hand. To date, just over 120 attendees are confirmed; 25 from Canada and one from South America.

Attendees will include Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, as well as school and program administrators, college professors, researchers and other professionals who work with deaf and hard of hearing children in a bilingual environment.

Summit topics for presentations and workshops will include: Language Equality & Acquisition for Deaf Kids (LEAD-K); Family Language Policy & Planning: an ASL & English Bilingual Approach; and, Mathematics & ASL Number Systems for Early Learners who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. In addition, there will be opportunities for participants to attend breakout sessions focusing on Deaf Bilingual Education. Dr. Peter Hauser, Director of the Center on Cognition and Language at Rochester Institute of Technology and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (RIT/NTID), will present his findings on the “Impact of Early Language Deprivation on Cognitive Development” as the Summit’s keynote presenter.

Click here for the NASLECE Summit 8 Schedule.

About NASLECE and RSD
The National ASL and English Bilingual Consortium for Early Childhood Education is a non-profit organization of professionals who are dedicated to the development, management, and coordination of ASL and English bilingual early childhood programs for children who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families. Visit: www.bilingualece.org.

Similarly, RSD is a bilingual, diverse and multicultural school where ASL and English are used for communication and instruction. Optimal access to all communication is vital to RSD students’ academic and social development. The school is fully-committed to ensuring that its students reach their maximum potential in ASL and English, while also supporting their individual communication needs.  Since 1876, RSD has served families in New York State with deaf and hard of hearing children and youth, newborn to age 21, with Early Childhood through 12th Grade high school education programs and support services. Visit: www.rsdeaf.org.

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