ALDAcon is the annual convention of the Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA). It is held in various cities around the country, generally rotating from the east coast to the west, including the central part of the country. ALDAcon usually begins with a Welcome Reception on the first evening and ends with a Farewell Brunch on the final morning. In between that time, members are invited to attend various presentations and workshops, the exhibits hall, the ALDA business meeting, the I King Jordan Awards Banquet and the famous Karaoke Party, where everyone lets their hair down and pretends they have a "golden voice."
ALDAcon provides an opportunity to learn about issues late-deafened individuals face, and the strategies that they have developed to overcome everyday challenges. ALDAcon is a place to make new friends, renew old friendships, to learn and share, and to simply HAVE FUN!
ALDAcon provides a stress-free environment where all workshops, luncheons, and special events are made accessible by the simultaneous presence of sign language interpreters and CART writers. Assistive listening devices (ALDs) are available upon request.
Communication between individuals is guided by the ALDA philosophy of "Whatever works!" Some folks speak and use hearing aids or cochlear implants to listen, while others speech read, use sign language, gesture wildly, or write notes in order to communicate.
ALDA welcomes everyone of all hearing levels and ALDAcon's spirit of inclusiveness is demonstrated every year. If you have never attended an ALDAcon, you don't know what you have missed. Come join us and enjoy the warmth of the ALDA family at its annual gathering!