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Supporting Deaf People 2009

Date: January 2009

The 2009 conference had two themes: d/Deaf Education, and Ethics and Professionalism. Keynote presenters were Melanie Metzger and Earl Fleetwood (Supporting deaf youth - Interpreters as members of the educational team) and Peter Llewellyn-Jones and Robert G. Lee (The 'role' of the community/public service interpreter).

It was attended by 225 participants from many different countries. Another very busy conference with about 1200 postings in the theme discussion areas, and many more in the social and general discussion areas.

Feedback for the conference was excellent, and included:

"More addictive than Facebook"

"This was my first SPD and I wanted to thank you for all the incredible work that you did pre-conference, as well as during. WOW!! What an amazing experience. I hope to return for more of this type of learning."

"As usual, it was awesome. Thanks again for all your efforts. It makes us better professionals"

"I keep telling everyone how wonderful it has been, and how unusual to have a conference director who is so involved, so supportive to presenters."

The conference publicity web site, with abstracts and presenter information, is available at: