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  Fri, Jun 14, 2013
  12:00 am - 7:00 pm

  (UTC -07:00) Mountain Standard Time
  Hurricane Recreation & Cultural Center
  Hosted by Utah Association of the Deaf

Summary: Kick off the summer with a long weekend of synergy and relaxation - connecting family, community, and civil relationships. Enjoy good eatin' & great talkin'! Enjoy entertainment by Rathskellar, ASL Films' SLOT, kids' summer fun, Zion National Park tours, and more! Get your fill of workshops and learn new things.

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  Hurricane Recreation & Cultural Center

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It'll be the Ultimate Event of the Year in Utah, and family friendly!  

All over the nation, everyone is getting together, rallying for causes through social media and community events. Let's raise the bar - how we can best utilize our resources and build relationships to make Utah a great place to live for the Deaf and hard of hearing?

See pricing below: there are discounted rates for seniors, children and students.

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Who is it For?

The conference is for anyone from or near Utah (we love to say Howdy, neighbor!)

 ~ the Deaf and hard of hearing community, 
~ educators & parents
of Deaf or Hard of Hearing children,
 ~ and ASL advocates & enthusiasts.

For those who prefer to volunteer, see the section below “Can I Volunteer?

On the Schedule

Zion photo A 3 day fun and action filled schedule with optional addons and discounts!

At a Glance

Review the detailed schedule to learn more specific times and information about individual events or click "Agenda" on the black menu bar above.

06/13: 18 Hole Golf & Lunch, Beach BBQ Kickoff Party 
06/14: Keynote, Workshops, Lunch, Expo, Banquet, Rathskellar & VAME
06/15: Workshops, Luncheon, Expo
06/16: Zion Guided Tour (tentative) or LDS Deaf Branch in St George


We have a wonderful lineup of workshops! Click here to view the full workshop descriptions, or "Workshops" on the black menu bar above.

Topics include:

  • Build a stronger Deaf and hard of hearing educational community
  • Increase the rapport between the community, support services, and interpreters
  • Acheive empowerment and fundraising success in our community
  • Basic skills workshops

Admission / Tickets:

  • $35 Workshop Day Pass (Friday or Saturday) - includes lunch
  • $35+ Combo Pass (Member, Nonmember, Senior or Youth)

Register today!

Entertainment Galore!

Make a workcation out of it, bring your kids let them have fun at a day camp while you get a day of networking; the rest of the time, enjoy family friendly activities.

Heck, why not plan an extra day or two enjoying the area! See the "Discounts & Local Guide" section below.

Kickoff BBQ & Beach Party at Sand Hollow

Beach partyEnjoy a BBQ dinner, stunning views, and mingle with the folk. 

A Kids Ranger Tour will be provided by a Utah State Parks educational program talking about scorpions and the difference between poisonous and nonpoisonous snakes. The ranger will provide handouts and allow the children to pet the (nonpoisonous) snake.

Bring or rent an ATV and enjoy the 21,000 acre park, over 6,000 acres of which is pure red sand! Rent / bring a boat, jet ski, or float and spend time on this great lake!

$5-10 per car or free with state parks pass (starting at $35, free access to all state parks), up to 8 people per vehicle.  Walk-in $2 per person.

Admission / Tickets:

  • $40 Entertainment Pass - includes BBQ & Banquet
  • $35+ Combo Pass (Member, Nonmember, Senior or Youth) 

Register today!

Banquet & Show: Rathskellar & VAME Showcase

On Friday Night, we'll be having an extravaganza! First we'll have a nice banquet with awards while the kids eat pizza and watch a movie in the other room.

Then, we'll all head on over to the theatre next door and enjoy Rathskellar, a live dance group signing ASL and dancing to songs. Next, during the VAME Showcase, watch amazing film shorts and other videos. 

Admission / Tickets:

  • $20 Rathskellar & VAME Showcase Ticket
  • $40 Entertainment Pass - includes BBQ & Banquet
  • $35+ Combo Pass (Member, Nonmember, Senior or Youth)

LIMITED SEATING: Up to 150 adults for the banquet and 300 Rathskellar & VAME tickets.

Register today!

Special Discounts & Local Guide

18 Hole Golf & Lunch at Sky Mountain $29.99!

Sky Mountain LogoSky Mountain Golf Course is set in one of the most picturesque and beautiful locations anywhere in the world. The 6,383 yard / par 72 course is much more challenging than the yardage would indicate. More details.

Only $29.99 for UAD guests! Includes golf cart & lunch. 

Sky Mountain FlagSky Mountain Golf Course
Sky Mountain FlagSky Mountain Golf Course

Lodging, Discounts & Local Guide

Get a great lodging deal starting at $15 per night for camping, $59-89 for full scale hotel service.

Hurry! Summer is a popular time around here and they will sell out very soon.

Discounts & Local Guide

Plan your free time with these special discounts offered to our guests:

helicopter in sunset
Zion Helicoptor Tours

Will offer 3 riders for the price of 2, when purchasing mention UAD.
$29.00 for 5 minute ride, up to $229 for 1 hour ride. 


Southern Utah Adventure Center
Southern Utah Adventure Center

Rent ATV's, wave runners, guided tours available.
Mention UAD and get 10% off.


Over the EdgeOver the Edge Sports

$50-90 per day, rent for 3+ days get an additional 10% off
Sign up for Tours: Hurricane Rim Hike, Red Cliffs Campground Hike, Virgin River Hike


... and many more! View our local guide here:

Event Services & Venues Directory (Hurricane, UT)

Check the guide often, we will keep updating it!

What Does it Cost?

Price Chart

Ticket Type By June 8 After June 8 What is included?
FREE ADMISSION     Saturday EXPO & New Board Election Announcements
Combo for UAD/UTRID members $60 $70 Workshops, 3 meals, and entertainment
Combo for non-members $75 $85 Workshops, 3 meals, and entertainment
Entertainment Pass $40 $50 Kickoff Beach BBQ, Banquet, Rathskellar & VAME Showcase (film shorts)
Workshops only $35 $45 Workshops all day Friday.
VAME Showcase $20 $30 Rathskellar, film shorts and other visual arts
Age 12-25 and 60+ $35 $35 Workshops, 3 meals, and entertainment
Age 3-11 $25 $25 Fun activities, splash pad, 3 meals, entertainment, and much more!

$25 Exhibitors

Seeking food sales (handling permit required), arts & crafts, assistive devices, and more! 


Can I Volunteer?


Volunteers that log over 10 hours may earn a free pass. Contact us for details.

We are seeking:

  • Kids FUN Camp (must pass background check)
  • Registration Table
  • On Site Volunteer - registration, survey collection, food server, decorations, etc 
  • AV Manager
  • Interpreter / CART / CDI
  • Photographer
  • Videographer

Click here to fill out the volunteer application!

News & Updates

Check back here regularly for updates to this event or subscribe to our email news list.

New vlog posted--More info about the conference

In this vlog, Ellen gives a quick summary about UAD Conference 2013 SYNERGY. She explains the theme of the conference, announces the schedule, and gives other important information.

Early Bird Pricing Extended!

We have extended our Early Bird Pricing until Saturday, June 8th!

Looking for a ride? Want to find a roommate to save money on hotel cost?

Come join the discussion in our Event Attendee Forum. Add a post, and be sure to put UAD Synergy 2013 in the subject!

Change of Entertainment - Thursday June 13

Due to the inability to meet technical requirements of ASL Films on this evening, we have decided to change the informal beach party to an official Kickoff Beach Party.

"I'm happy with this change - I feel that it will be more social and a natural ice breaker than everyone going in a movie theatre and watching a screen," says Philippe Montalette, Utah Association of the Deaf President.

"Save the Date!" Message from Co-Chair

Ellen Hanna has a short and sweet "Save the Date" message for you. Having trouble viewing the video? Click here to view on YouTube.



You can also subscribe to our mailing list here.


This is a 100% accessible event - ADA accommodations will be made and interpreters will be provided upon request. Special dietary requests must be made well in advance.

Sponsors, Exhibitors & Advertisers

Interested in getting involved? We have great opportunities for you to promote your business or organization, starting as low as $25!

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