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The Newsletter of the Association of College Educators Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Volume VI, Number 2 January, 1994

1994 Conference Arrangements are Complete

Plans have been finalized for the 1994 ACE-DHH conference February 25-28. The conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Gulf Beach Resort, on North Padre Island, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Telephone (512) 949-8041 or 1-800-HOLIDAY for reservations. With the Gulf beach outside the door and a pool overlooking the beach, the site will provide an excellent opportunity for relaxation as well as the business of the ACE-DHH conference. Golf, tennis, shopping, surf and deep-sea fishing, sailing, and wind surfing are just some of the activities that can be enjoyed near the hotel. Nearby are the Padre Island National Seashore and the Texas State Aquarium.

The conference schedule included in this newsletter will assist in making your travel plans. The keynote speaker will be Paul Higgins, a sociologist from the University of South Carolina. His address, the papers that will be presented, and the discussions promise to be stimulating and well worthwhile. Note that the tentative business agenda items, also described in the newsletter, will benefit from your participation.

After you have pre-registered and scheduled your arrival at the Corpus Christi airport, let Local Arrangements Chair Al White know your times of arrival and departure. With this information he will be able to make arrangements for your ground transportation for the 18- mile ride from the airport to the hotel. You can telephone Al at (817) 898-2025 (office) or (817) 458-3465 (home). His address is Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Texas Women's University, Box 23775, Denton, TX 76204-1775.

ACE-DHH Member of CAN

The Consumer Action Network (CAN) is a national coalition of organizations representing the interests of deaf and hard of hearing individuals. The primary focus of CAN is "to effect favorable public policy and legislative action related to enhancing the quality of life for deaf and hard of hearing persons, in the areas of Education, Employment, Communication and Technological Access, and Health". As an associate member, ACE-DHH will receive regular mailings from CAN and be entitled to be represented at monthly meetings. Our membership in CAN will not only lend support to the initiatives of the organization, but also provide a formal network for ACE-DHH as we strive to be responsive to an important organization of consumers.

It's time to Vote!

Please note that a ballot for ACE-DHH officers for 1994-95 is included in this issue of the newsletter. Please mail or FAX your ballot to Nominations Committee chair Jerry Crittenden by February 21.

Dues Increase?

At the 1994 conference business meeting the Executive Board will propose a $10.00 dues increase. The first increase in many years, this will mean that annual dues will be $40.00 for regular members, and $25.00 for emeritus and associate members. Although the present dues structure enabled the association has to meet its costs for a long time, changes over the past several years necessitate the increase. These changes include increases in the cost of the annual conference. In considering this cost, the Board prefers to recommend a fairly nominal dues increase rather than increasing the conference registration fee to a level that would be out of reach for some members. In addition, as our universities have been cutting back on their travel budgets, the need for the association to pay travel expenses for its representatives on task forces and CED has increased. Finally, the association's increased participation in legislative and other coalitions and meetings requires the dues increase. The proposal for a dues increase will be acted on at the upcoming conference in Corpus Christi.

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