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2014 Coda Zona Conference Information & Registration

CODA International is thrilled to invite you to the 29th annual conference in beautiful Tempe, Arizona, United States
Registration is now open! Please review details below before registering.

See you this June, in the Valley of the Sun!



Pre-conference workshop* – Tempe, Arizona
Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Resort
Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 – 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
Registration Fees: $50 (lunch included)
Coda Talking, Hearing Listening
Presenter: Betty Colonomos

Codas and Deaf people communicating in English are often misperceived as rude or they have been oppressed so much that they have abandoned their Deaf values of direct, honest, and clear communication. Many Codas are called upon in their jobs to use semi-formal or formal English. Some do not have any experience in public speaking; many do not have college degrees.

This workshop is about finding a “middle ground” where we don’t have to completely give up our values, yet hearing people are able to hear our intent and not react when the style does not always conform to a society where the privileged, middle/upper class decide the rules.

This workshop will have LOTS of activities for listening, using non-judgmental language, recognizing and dealing with our “filters” (things that push our buttons), how to explain our language to hearing people, and much more!

Register with the Bilingual Mediation Center (.65 PS CEUs)

*Event is open to Codas only – Interpreters and those not in the ‘business’


Pre-conference activity* – Sedona, Arizona
Thursday, June 19th, 2014
Tickets $75 per person
A full day-trip: Charter bus to and from Sedona, Arizona, 1½ hour Pink Jeep tour of the red rocks, lunch on your own (recommendations will be supplied) and general tourist activities, before heading back to Tempe will be back in time for newcomer orientation at 4PM
*Event open to Codas, friends, and family.


Conference Registration Rates – Tempe, Arizona
Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Resort
June 19th to June 22nd, 2014

Early Bird by

April 1, 2014

Regular Rate

April 2 – May 31, 2014

Final Rate after June 1, 2014





Non members*




* Non-member rate includes membership for the year (2014/2015 FY)

Conference Rates include:

Conference Overview: Conference begins with dinner at 6:30 PM on Thursday, and concludes at 12:00 PM on Sunday. Dinner Thursday, lunch and dinner Friday and Saturday, and brunch on Sunday, entertainment, workshops (PS and GS CEUs), and breakout mini sessions – To engage mind, body, and spirit.

Conference Schedule Breakdown:

Our Ice Breaker will bring us out of our seats, around the resort and out on the town in a friendly, yet challenging, CODA Scavenger Hunt!

Our Keynote Speaker is the well-respected – Dr. Jennie Pyers

Friday includes breakout sessions and workshops, both silent and live auctions, and we conclude the first full day with an evening of dinner and dancing.

This year’s theme, “Generations,” aims to bring together our young and young at heart in a light-hearted night filled with music and dancing  – We all have an era/decade of music our heart or ears love. Come dressed for your favorite Decade! Dust off those hoop skirts, get those bell bottoms or Gaucho pants out of the attic! Find your sweatband wristbands, funky flannel, or come as a Boho Hippie! Sport your Aviator Glasses, Fedora hats perched ‘just so,’ or Bandeau tops?! Whatever your flavor, join us as we go back to the sounds of the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and 2000s and we party late into the night!

Saturday will come and go with a packed day of breakout sessions and workshops, the annual business meeting, and big love and laughs with our forever, popular entertainment.

The conference will come to a light, and loving end led by our Closing Speaker – Roy Pyers

Hotel Registration
Online registration to book hotel rooms at our $99/night conference rate is still open! We are able to take advantage of these remarkable rates June 14th – June 25th, which gives us 5 pre-conference days and up to 3 post-conference days of added fun and sun.
For reservations during conference dates (June 19-22nd), go to Tempe Mission Palms
For registrations beyond June 19-22nd, please contact the hotel directly at +1 480-894-1400. Be sure to mention you are with CODA International to receive the daily rate of $99.00 for up to 4 persons per night plus tax and resort fee*.
*The hotel has agreed to waive the resort fee upon check-in.
Additional Merchandise
T-Shirts Men’s & Ladies’ sizes* both $25 Printed with the Coda Zona logo wrapped around the hip by the
California School for the Deaf at Riverside, United States.
*Details of Sizes


Post-conference activity* – Baseball Game:
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants
Chase Field Ballpark, Phoenix, Arizona
Sunday, June 22, 2014 1:15 PM
Tickets $35 per person
Ticket holders will meet and ride together on the Valley Metro Light Rail (the stop is outside Tempe Mission Palm Hotel’s west side entrance) to downtown Phoenix’s Chase Field for an afternoon baseball game by the city’s very own Arizona Diamondbacks team.
*Event open to Codas, friends and family.


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To Register via Mail -

Download Form Here: CodaZona-Paper Form

Children of Deaf Adults
c/o Robyn Talbott
7370 Formal Court
San Diego, CA 92120

2014 Distinguished Service Award Nominations

CODA International is looking for recipients for the 2014 Distinguished Service Award. If you know someone who has contributed much to the CODA organization, please send that nomination with a description of what he/she has done for CODA. Criteria for consideration is: current membership (current Board members excluded), longevity and consistency of membership, active role in the organization and dedication to the CODA mission. All nominees must be Codas and we are looking at leadership activity on local, national and international levels.

Send nominations to Millie Brother at
Before April 30, 2014

Financial Aid at Coda Zona

Attention Codas Seeking Financial Aid:

We are collecting requests at for Codas seeking financial aid towards registration to attend Coda Zona 2014.
If you are planning on applying, send in a letter requesting aid – please include a bit about your background, reason for needing support, and whether or not you have attended a conference previously or received support previously. Additionally, you will need to complete a registration form (download from and send it in with a check or money order for the $35 membership dues to the address provided on the form.
*All requests are due no later than May 1st. Scholarships will be announced 4-weeks prior to conference*