COVID-19 / Coronavirus

Stay tuned for details on the procedure to process refunds.   We are diligently working on this right now.  Thanks for your patience.  

–  ADARA 2020 Breakout Committee.


Dear ADARA members, presenters, and sponsors:

Thank you for your patience as we navigated a wide variety of factors related to the COVID-19 pandemic and worked with our hotel, Verve Hotel Boston-Natick, located in Massachusetts as well as the 2020 ADARA Breakout facilitators. Due to recent guidelines by CDC, WHO, the United States Government, and the statewide travel bans that have been implemented by state governments, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Breakout Conference. We regret any inconvenience to you and we will refund your conference registration as well as monetary sponsorships. Please contact or for steps to receive your refund. Please also contact the hotel to cancel your room reservations via their website or call them directly at 508-653-8800. For flights, you will need to contact your airline carrier to either get a refund or credit for future travel.

The ADARA board and I would like to give a tremendous handwave to The Learning Center for the Deaf (TLC) for all of their hard work in coordinating this conference on behalf of ADARA. The TLC staff truly worked very hard, under some very difficult circumstances, to coordinate logistics, and we all appreciate them!

At this time, we will be hosting our 2021 conference on March 21-26, 2021 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Please look for updates in our newsletter, social media, and website over the next few months.


Dr. Damara Goff Paris, President

Conference Hotel Information

The ADARA 2020 Breakout Conference will take place in Natick, Massachusetts.   Conveniently located near the historic city of Boston and conference host, The Learning Center for the Deaf.

The official conference hotel is the Verve Hotel, Tapestry Collection by Hilton (formerly the Crowne Plaza Boston-Natick)

1360 Worcester Street, Natick, MA 01760.  1-508-655-8800

To receive the discounted Conference Rate, please call the hotel or use this link to make your reservation:

Learn more about the hotel and reserve your room today

Conference Theme

The ADARA 2020 Breakout Conference theme is:

CHAMP!  Creating Standards of Excellence for
Deaf Mental Health and Related Services

The Learning Center for the Deaf is honored to be hosting the ADARA Breakout Conference on May 4-7, 2020. Are you a therapist? Human Services Provider? School counselor? Clinical director? A Psychologist? Researcher? An ASL interpreter? Interested in mental health/human services/behavioral health? If yes… please join us! The theme of the conference will explore what we mean by “CHAMP” services for Deaf, DeafBlind, Deaf Plus, Late Deafened, and Hard-of-Hearing communities. How do we know we are providing expert care and services for the communities and are also inclusive of the intersectionality of identities found within the communities? CHAMP services are, as yet, undefined. We talk about having “it”, but what is “it”? Where do language expertise, clinical skills, multi-cultural awareness, assessment, treatment and knowledge meet? We want to explore what it means to be a provider within the mental health, behavioral health, and human services. We are also putting an emphasis on language access and when and how we work with American Sign Language interpreters within the domain of mental health, behavioral health, and human services. Participants will walk away with an understanding of what it means to provide “CHAMP”–clinically excellent, linguistically skilled, culturally authentic services to diverse Deaf populations.