EHDI Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate

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Thursday, December 24, 2015
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EHDI Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate

U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Kristin Gillibrand (D-NY) have introduced S. 2424 in the U.S. Senate. The bill, if enacted, will amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI), a program for early detection, diagnosis and treatment regarding deaf and hard of hearing newborns, infants and young children. A bill with the same language was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year. Click here to learn more about the bill and call your senator to urge them to pass S. 2424!

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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). 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 their 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!

Thank You for the Inspiration and Good Times of 2015

Collaboration and goodwill paved the path of AG Bell's accomplishments in 2015, and aligned the direction of AG Bell with what is most needed for families of children with hearing loss. Click here to read Emilio Alonso-Mendoza's reflections on the passing year.

See You in 2016!

This is the last eNEWS for 2015! We hope that we have provided you with pertinent news, great resources, helpful information and lots of inspiration for living and thriving with hearing loss. We will resume our weekly e-communication the first full week of January 2016. Look for information on registering for the 2016 AG Bell Convention and the Leadership Opportunities for Teens (LOFT) program. Happy holidays and a successful start to 2016! The Volta Bureau will be closed for the Holidays starting at noon on December 23 and will reopen on January 4. Staff will be monitoring email and will respond as soon as possible or upon return to the office.

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Portland Becomes First City to Require Closed Captions on All Public TVs

Portland's city commissioners unanimously agreed in November to require all public places with televisions to permanently turn on the closed captioning. This is great news for anyone with hearing loss living in Portland! Click here to read more.

How to be a Powerful Parent on the IEP Team

Karen Putz shares her tips on what makes a parent a powerful part of their child's Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. More information on successful strategies for your next IEP meeting can be found through the AG Bell Parent Advocacy Training Program.

Holiday Gifts Promote Hearing Health Awareness

This gift-giving guide contains thoughtful gifts for every person on your holiday list - especially if you're an advocate for the deaf and hard of hearing. Click here.

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