Online Conference 2020

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Join us at the next National Deaf Education Conference, hosted online for the first time!

June 28 – 29, 2020 and weekly until September 10, 2020

NDEC Engage

LIVE 2-Day Virtual Conference
June 29 – 30, 2020

  • Two presentations each day along with a live Q&A session for each presentation.
  • All sessions will be in ASL and interpreted and captioned in English.

NDEC Signs

Weekly Workshops from Your Peers
July 7 – September 10, 2020

  • Four Tracks: Assessments and Curricula, Current Trends, Educational Leadership, and Technology in the Classroom.
  • All videos will be available bilingually in ASL and spoken and written English.


The National Deaf Education Conference is excited to offer 15 professional development hours for $100. You can take advantage of this opportunity by selecting this option in your registration. If you are interested in purchasing for a group or using an purchase order, please contact Ingrid Christianson-Wadler at

In order to receive this certificate, you will be asked to submit a form answering a few questions about the presentation, and include your email address. Once we get your form submission, a certificate will be emailed to your email address. 


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About the Artist: Jon Savage

2020 National Deaf Education Conference Poster

Growing up with a photographer/videographer father and hair stylist/craft artist mother, both who had deep roots and aspirations, has fueled Jon’s artistic creativity for as long as he can remember. Jon became more fascinated with the arts during his childhood years. He fell in love with all types of media/visual arts, such as photography, video editing, cinematography, acting and painting in different times and places.

Throughout his Deaf childhood, he has remained passionately devoted to educating Deaf people about the linguistic, social, political and cultural issues of the Deaf community by traveling across the states and countries.

Late 2011, his desires and aspirations to be an artist were once again fueled. He began creating pop art paintings based on people and classical subjects that inspired him by using abstract, bright colors and clean cut painting style.

Currently he is using his paintings/photographs as life stories that are reflected in his visual journey.

Artist Statement

Jon Savage

My artworks take a critical view of blending pop art and classical subjects. In my work, I deconstruct the classical subjects that are a part of my childhood and adult cultures. By incorporating a positive vibe, my work reproduces familiar classical subjects by arranging them into contemporary art.

Often times these themes are combined into installations that feature stripes as abstract bases on sunrises/sunsets with different color temperatures. The color scheme of a sunrise/sunset establishes a good morning or good night, suggests the notion of good vibe, and formally unifies the disparate objects in each installation. The artworks provide clues to interpret the content.

Each project often consists of multiple works, often in a range of different media, grouped around specific themes and meanings. During research and productions, new areas of interest arise and lead to a positive feeling.