October 25, 2019

Annual CAEDHH-BC Conference



2019 Topic:

Language & Literacy Development

in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Learners


Sandra Laing Gillam, PhD, CCC-SLP

Erin Finton, EdM 

Sandra Gillam is currently a Professor in Communication Disorders and Deaf Education at Utah State University. Her research interests include evidence-based practices, assessment and intervention for language and literacy impairments, multi-cultural populations and processes involved in text comprehension. She has written numerous articles in these areas and has presented widely in the U.S. as well as in Canada, Chile, Kenya, Australia and Spain.  Sandi received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Memphis  in 2005 and was named the Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year for the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education at Utah State University in 2008 and 2009. Dr. Gillam currently serves as the Principle Investigator on a grant from Institute of Education Sciences in the US Department of Education to develop a narrative intervention program for children with language impairments and children who are learning English as a Second Language. 

Find out more about the SKILL Program: http://www.eejecerc.usu.edu/news/skill.php

Erin Finton is a doctoral student in the Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. She earned an Ed.M. in Adult Education from the University of Toronto and before coming to Boston, spent six years teaching developmental English to Deaf and hard of hearing students at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. She studies language deprivation in adult populations and specifically looks at bilingual L1/L2 acquisition in Deaf adults. She is particularly interested in researching and developing curricula and interventions to remediate the effects of language deprivation past the critical period for language acquisition.

Find out more about Projects by the LexLab Program: http://sites.bu.edu/lexlab/projects/


Burnaby Central Secondary School, Burnaby BC

Our conference will be held in the conference rooms available at Burnaby Central. See you at the registration table inside the front doors!


8:30 am – CAEDHH-BC AGM

(all members welcome)

9:00 am – Welcome Address 

9:30 am – Workshop #1 

Sandra Gillam – Narrative Language Assessment

Erin Finton – Language Deprivation and its Effects in the Classroom

11:30 am – Lunch 

12:30 pm – Workshop #2 

Sandra Gillam – Narrative Language Interventions

Erin Finton – English Grammar Instruction through a Lens of Language Deprivation

2:30 pm – Closing Address 

3:00 pm – Dismissal 

*you will not need to register for individual workshops ahead of time but can chose the workshop you would like to attend on the day. 

Sandra Gillam 

Workshop #1: Narritive Language Assessment


Workshop #2: Narrative Language Interventions


Erin Finton 

Workshop #1: Language Deprication and it Effects in the Classroom


Workshop #2: English Grammar Instruction through a Lens of Language Deprivation


Please bring your devices to participate in the workshops and feedback.

Free Wifi will be provided.

Morning and afternoon breaks will be decided by the presenters and shared at the begining of the presentation. 

Registration and Membership can be purchased on the day of the conference by cheque. Please arrive early for registration. If conference is full, this will be noted on our website. Please check back often. 

Check back often for details about the schedule and session topics available.