ODAS 50th Anniversary Celebration


 ODAS Founding Members

Back row standing from left to right: Arthur Simon, Richard Zellerbach, Andrew Saks, Jean Saks, Robert Wilson, Jim Marsters, Latham Bruenig, Richard Thompson, Robert Weitbrecht, Bill Bernstein, Louise Edgar and Lucelia Moore

Front row seated from left to right: Laurie Tatum, Frances King, Patsy McKeown, Jean Keppler, Jeanne Mead, Nancy Bruenig

In recognition of AG Bell’s deaf adult group, 50th anniversary celebrations will be held in 2014.  The first celebration will take place at a retreat on March 14-16, 2014 where it all began—the 1964 Convention in Salt Lake City. The 50th anniversary will also be celebrated in Orlando during the AG Bell 2014 Convention where attendees can see and hear highlights from our time in Salt Lake City. Join us for one or both of these events to celebrate and pay tribute to the Oral Deaf Adult Section (ODAS) members, its founders and their achievements!

ODAS was founded by four remarkable men: Arthur Simon, James Marsters, Latham Bruenig and Richard Thompson. In this day and age, with amazing technology like digital hearing aids, cochlear implants and the never-ending influence of computers, smart phones, videophones and other communication modes, more and more children who are deaf and hard of hearing are succeeding in this modern world.  As Richard Thompson said at the 1965 regional ODAS meeting in Toronto, “We are more concerned with how we make the most of what we have and how we have learned to live with our limitations." 

In later years, the ODAS name was changed twice, first to the Oral Hearing Impaired Section (OHIS) and then to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Section (DHHS). Now our voices are heard all over the world through the Internet like Facebook, SpeakUp or LipSpeak. 

Celebrate and Remember!

ODAS has come a long way since that first iconic picture was taken in Salt Lake City 50 years ago and we have much to celebrate and remember! The ODAS 50th anniversary celebration retreat will be held on March 14-16, 2014 at the University Guest House and Conference Center, 110 Fort Douglas Blvd., Salt Lake City, Utah 84113. Reservations can be made by calling 801-587-1000 or toll-free 888-416-4075 and mention AG Bell to get the discounted rate. The Guest House and Conference Center is located near the University of Utah campus, approximately 10 miles from the airport. A continental breakfast is included with your stay. Look for more details soon!

For more information, contact Karen Kirby or Carol Ban

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