Hi, I’m Dr. Elizabeth Walker and I’m one of keynote speakers for the Collaborative Experience Conference. I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you, and let you know how excited I am to attend this conference and meet all of you. I am an assistant professor at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, and by training I’m a speech-language pathologist and audiologist with a focus in pediatric oral rehabilitation. I’m really looking forward to sharing my research with you. For the past eight years, I’ve been a part of a longitudinal multi-center research study which is funded by the National Institute of Health. This study is called the Outcomes of Children with Hearing Loss Study and it’s a collaborative effort by three different centers. University of Iowa, Boys Town National Research Hospital, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The goal of our study is to learn more about children with mild to severe hearing loss which have traditionally been a under researched and underserved population. We’re trying to learn more about whether these children who are hard of hearing are at risk for language or academic difficulties and what we can do as service providers to try to maximize outcomes for these children. I’m excited to share these results with you so that we can work better, work towards collaboration between teachers, parents, and service providers for our children wtih hearing loss. Thank you and I look forward to seeing you in November.