Newest AG Bell Chapter: DC and Maryland

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Thursday, September 25, 2015
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Newest AG Bell Chapter: DC and Maryland

Do you live in Washington, D.C., or Maryland? Are you passionate about advancing listening and spoken language for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing? AG Bell is thrilled to announce its newest chapter for Washington, D.C., and Maryland! All are welcome - families, adults with hearing loss and professionals! The chapter is having its inaugural meeting on Thursday, October 22, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at the Volta Bureau (3417 Volta Place, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007). At the meeting, you will have the opportunity to meet the chapter's president Carrie Nicholsen and her hearing dog Lilly. Light refreshments will be served. For more information about the chapter, please email [email protected]. Please RSVP by October 15 to [email protected] or call 202-204-4683. Street parking available. We look forward to seeing you!

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Connecting People and Creating Partnerships

Many associations find their strength in the volunteers who work directly within their communities. In many cases it is the local and state chapters who provide direct service by offering the community resources face-to-face, and by scheduling activities for people to connect either personally or professionally. Click here for Emilio Alonso-Mendoza's weekly column on a "model" chapter.

Designate AG Bell for Your Charitable Donation

Are you a federal employee? Our children and families need YOU! Workplace giving plays a critical role in AG Bell's financial resources in providing scholarships and other sources of support to families. Help children #ListenandTalk! Please consider AG Bell as one of your charitable designations. Use code 11852.

Parent-Infant Financial Aid Program Open

The Parent-Infant Financial Aid Program is for families of infants and toddlers under the age of 4 who have been diagnosed with a moderately-severe to profound hearing loss who are in pursuit of a spoken language outcome for their child. Awards are intended to assist with expenses such as hearing technology, auditory support services, speech-language therapy, tuition, etc. Families should be committed to a listening and spoken language outcome for their child or children with hearing loss. Click here to learn more, download an application form and apply by Oct. 9, 2015.

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Abstract Submissions for 2016 EHDI Meeting

The 15th Annual Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Meeting, March 13-15, 2016 in San Diego, is now accepting abstract submissions through to Sept.28. Don't miss the chance to share your experiences and successes with 1,000 other people who are helping to improve EHDI programs. Click here to learn more and submit an abstract.

Back to Basics

What are the three most common myths when it comes to programming hearing aids for music? Click here to learn more.

Language Development Resources

Sing songs, narrate your actions - just a few tips to engage your child in learning language. Some of these tips may sound like common sense, however if your child has a hearing loss, you may feel unsure how to best engage your child. Read on for inspiration and ideas.

Featured Social Conversation
Melissa Jensen, a parent of a 12-year-old girl who is deaf, is doing a research project on parents and their feelings about their ability to communicate with and expand their child's language as part of her master's studies in deaf education. Join the conversation.