New AG Bell College Scholarship STEM Opportunity

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Thursday, December 10, 2015
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New AG Bell College Scholarship STEM Opportunity

AG Bell is excited to announce a new college scholarship opportunity for 2016! Through the efforts of members of the College Scholarship Selection Committee and friends of AG Bell, we are able to offer a special opportunity for scholarship applicants who are currently college freshmen, sophomores or juniors in the United States who are majoring in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM), other than pre-medicine. Several professors with hearing loss in universities across the country have contributed an opportunity for a student who is deaf or hard of hearing to participate in a summer research internship. Students who are selected will be provided with university housing and a limited stipend. Applicants must submit your complete scholarship application to AG Bell no later than January 22, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

The AG Bell College Scholarship Program offers several scholarships for full-time students who are deaf and hard of hearing and who are pursuing an undergraduate degree at an accredited mainstream college or university. The deadline for the AG Bell College Scholarship Program is March 11, 2016. Click here to learn more about process, eligibility, and to download an application packet. The application for both opportunities is the same, but you need to indicate your desire to be considered for the STEM summer internship opportunity at the top of the application form (check box) and submit the application by the appropriate deadline. Apply today!

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AG Bell International Activities

One of the takeaways coming from the International Forum at the 2015 AG Bell Listening and Spoken Language Symposium last July is that there is great interest in AG Bell serving as a global hub for knowledge on listening and spoken language, just as Dr. Bell envisioned. Click here to read about Emilio Alonso-Mendoza's recent trip to London and AG Bell efforts to develop a European International Symposium.

Positive Intuition Parenting

Joanne Travers, a former member of the board of directors, writes about her family's experience raising two children with hearing loss by relying on intuition and positivity to teach them life skills, and instill a positive perspective of their abilities. Click here to read more.

Rulemaking on Accommodations for Air Travelers with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) just announced that it is exploring the feasibility of conducting a negotiated rulemaking (Reg Neg) that would ensure captioning of inflight entertainment and videos, better defined service animals, as well as carrier reporting of disability service requests, among other issues.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does not apply to airplanes in flight, which are governed by the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA). While there is some split of authority, the prevailing rule is that private individuals may not bring suit under the ACAA, so the disability access issues can only be brought to the attention of the DOT. Click here to learn more and submit your comments no later than January 6, 2016!

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Federal Employees Give to AG Bell

Federal employees help children #ListenandTalk! Please consider AG Bell as one of your Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) charitable organizations. For a CFC donation use code 11852. The campaign runs until December 15. Click here.

What Does a Closed Captioner Do?

Click here for a fun and informative read about a day in the life of a closed captioner.

Bilingual Children with Hearing Loss

Read about supporting, assessing and serving bi-/multilingual children with hearing loss and their families from the October-December issue of Volta Voices!.

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