January 2017


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DavisSignia Hearing Aids Named as CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree

Signia announced this month that it has been named a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree for two of its products, the Cellion hearing aid and the myHearing app. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 28 product categories.

Cellion, which is built on Signia’s primax technology platform, is the world’s first lithium-ion inductive rechargeable hearing aid.

“It’s no secret that consumers want the convenience of rechargeable hearing aids,” said Scott Davis, CEO, Signia. “That’s why we’re so proud to bring the world’s most advanced lithium-ion rechargeable hearing solution to market with Cellion. It combines all the benefits of wireless inductive technology on the outside with Signia’s most advanced hearing technology on the inside. The result is an effortless listening, charging, and overall hearing aid wearing experience.”

Autism Parent Group Sends Professionals to School

BrockeEvery year, Connecticut Families for Effective Autism Treatment (CT FEAT) invests thousands of dollars in the education of professionals dedicated to working with individuals on the autism spectrum.

Over the last decade, CT FEAT’s Craemer Shea Memorial Scholarship for Professional Development has awarded more than $65,000 to 35 Connecticut educators pursuing specialized training in applied behavior analysis (ABA). Recipients have included behavior therapists, special education teachers, and speech pathologists.

In 2016, CT FEAT awarded approximately $8,000 to six individuals:

  • Sophy Brocke, an ABA therapist at Trading Spaces in East Hartford, from Vernon, Conn. Ms. Brocke is enrolled in Elms College’s Master of Science program in ABA and autism spectrum disorders. She is a two-time scholarship winner
  • Julie Conti, an ABA instructor and behavior analysis intern at Meliora Academy in Meriden, from Middletown Conn. Ms. Conti is pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Conn. She is a four-time winner
  • Sarah Maltese, a special education teacher in the Hartford Public School System, studies at the University of Saint Joseph. She is from Windsor, Conn.
  • Escarlin Ramirez, an early intervention associate at Beacon Services in Cromwell, from Bridgeport, Conn.
  • Natanielle Hatfield, an ABA Instructor from Mystic, Conn.
  • Yvette Bertrand, a developmental specialist at the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, from Meriden, Conn.

Kelli Turner Earns Educator of the Year Award

TurnerKelli Turner, a speech therapist with Dennis Township Schools in New Jersey, has earned the 2016 Governor’s Educator of the Year award, according to school officials.

Turner has worked in the school district since 2011, and also serves as chairwoman of the Dennis Township Education Association PRIDE Committee, as well as a member of the township’s Municipal Alliance Committee.

“It feels good to know that your colleagues think highly of you and your work,” Turner said in statement. “Receiving this award is inspiring for me and I hope I will live up to what it means.”


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