The twentieth biennial Texas Statewide Conference on Education of the Deaf or Hard of Hearing invites proposals for papers that address a variety of issues in the education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing and relate to the conference theme,The Power of Us.  Proposals will be considered for concurrent strand sessions as follows:


Accessing the general curriculum using research-based, best teaching practices in English, language arts, reading, mathematics, science, & social studies; early intervention and prekindergarten; working with students who are D/HH plus have additional needs; and collaboration between family and professionals.  Other strand areas include administrative and legal issues; evaluation of children who are deaf or hard of hearing; instructional technology; sign communication and interpreting; listening and spoken language; and social-emotional development.


Concurrent sessions are 1½ hours long and include time for introductions, discussion, questions and evaluations.  Sessions longer than 90-minute increments (3 hours, 4½ hours, and 6 hours) will be considered. Please indicate that you would prefer a longer- session time as part of your proposal.


Applications and vitas must be submitted on-line at www.swced.org. A profile photo must also be uploaded as part of your proposal submission. If technical assistance is needed, please contact Marina McCormick at marina.mccormick@esc4.net for assistance.

Application Deadline

Completed applications and vitas must be submitted on-line by Sunday, October 1, 2023. Acceptance notifications will be sent to the main applicant only via email by Friday, December 8, 2023.

Fees & Expenses

Presenters selected from the Call for Papers will not be paid an honorarium or be reimbursed for expenses.  Speakers invited to present with prior approval of the committee will be paid a negotiated and approved flat rate contract fee.


RDSPD/TSD/DHHS personnel are asked to pay full registration as a financial support for the conference.  Presenters who are not affiliated with a RDSPD, TSD, or DHHS may attend other sessions on the day of their presentation without paying registration.  Attendance on multiple days, dining at meal functions, or requesting CEU credit will require paid registration.


All rooms will have LCD projection equipment.  Speakers must provide laptops/computers, connector cables/cords, and/or special equipment as needed for their presentation.

Every effort will be made to meet any requests for other equipment as indicated on the submitted ‘Call for Papers’.  Please help keep the conference costs down by requesting only essential equipment.

Changes in equipment requests will NOT be accepted after Monday, May 3, 2024.

Handouts & Copies

Accepted presenters are responsible for providing handouts no later than Monday, May 3, 2024 for on-line access by participantsDuplication costs and/or hard copies of handouts will not be provided.


Angela Belding, Chair
Email: beldingangela@gmail.com
Phone: (817) 454-4361

DiAnne Allison, Co-Chair
Email: swced.speakers@gmail.com
Phone: (940) 367-3579

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