The SayWhatClub convention committee announced their Key Note Speaker yesterday to the lists. The convention is being held in San Antonio, TX from May 13-16th.
We are pleased to have David S. Coco, Ph.D. as our Keynote Speaker. His topic is:
Evolution of a Cyborg: My Journey as a Computer-Enhanced, Late-Deafened Adult
Here is David’s bio:
Dr. David Coco is a late-deafened adult with a passion for science and technology. David is best known in the late-deafened community for his articles in ALDA-News and other publications where he shared his humorous insights into life as a late-deafened adult.
David currently works at the statewide Educational Resource Center on Deafness at Texas School for the Deaf in Austin promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) opportunities for deaf students and serves as the coordinator for university research. David has a Ph.D. in Space Physics and worked as a Senior Research Physicist at the University of Texas for over 20 years. At UT he was part of a team that developed and tested much of the navigation technology used in GPS systems today.
David was born hard of hearing and lost the remainder of his hearing during high school. He is now profoundly deaf and uses a cochlear implant, speech, and sign language to communicate. David has served on a number of national and state advisory boards for the disabled and played an instrumental role in the development of the relay service in Texas. In 1998 David was selected by the University of Texas at Austin as the first recipient of the Disabled Employee of the Year for the University of Texas at Austin and in 2002 he was awarded the ALDA I. King Jordan achievement award for his work with late-deafened adults.
Thank you David for coming and we are looking forward to your presentation. For more information please visit our convention page. Another post coming very soon with a listing of our workshops.