The eighteenth biennial Texas Statewide Conference on Education of the Deaf or Hard of Hearing invites proposals for papers that address a wide variety of issues in the education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Presentations reflecting the conference theme, “Innovation. Inspiration. Impact.”, will be considered for concurrent sessions.


Topics include best practices in the following areas: administrative and legal issues; accessing the general education curriculum, students who are DHH with additional needs; early intervention and preK; evaluation; family and professional collaboration; instructional technology; listening and spoken language; sign communication and interpreting; and transition.


Concurrent sessions are 1½ hours long and include time for introductions, discussion, questions and evaluations. Longer sessions in 90 minute increments (3 hours, 4½ hours, and 6 hours) will be considered.


Applications and vitas must be submitted on-line at www.swced.org. If accepted, handouts must also be uploaded at www.swced.org. If technical assistance is needed, please contact Marina McCormick at marina.mccormick@esc4.net or Kelley Watt at kelley.watt@esc4.net for assistance.

Application Deadline

Completed applications and vitas must be submitted electronically by March 16, 2020.  Acceptance notifications will be sent to the main applicant only via email by April 20, 2020.

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


All rooms will have LCD projection equipment. Presenters must provide laptops/computers, connector cables/cords, and/or special equipment such as CD, DVD disk drives, if needed for their presentation. Every effort will be made to meet the requests for media 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 May 1, 2020.


Presenters are responsible for emailing presentation handouts no later than May 18, 2020. All handouts will be uploaded to www.swced.org for online access by participants. Duplication will not be provided by the conference.


Angela Belding, Speakers Committee Chair
Parker County Special Ed Co-op – Brazos River RDSPD
Email: abelding@parkercountyco-op.net
Phone: (817) 454-4361

DiAnne Allison, Co-Chair
Email:  toy.poo@verizon.net 

Call for Papers

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