Connect – Discover – Inspire: AG Bell Convention to Draw Diverse Crowd to Scottsdale

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 14, 2011 – The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) will hold its 2012 Convention in Scottsdale, Ariz., June 28-July 2 at the Westin Kierland Resort.

Established in 1890, AG Bell is the only national organization dedicated to supporting a listening and spoken language outcome for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Its membership consists of professionals, such as Listening and Spoken Language Specialists (LSLS™), audiologists, speech-language pathologists, early interventionists and teachers of the deaf; parents and families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing and learning to listen and talk; and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing who use spoken language and hearing technology to communicate.

This year’s Convention theme is Connect – Discover – Inspire. The Convention will draw attendees from throughout the U.S. and around the world to take part in the 4-1/2 day conference that offers the latest information in hearing technologies, early intervention, and therapeutic and educational approaches for individuals who are deaf who seek a listening and spoken language outcome. Attendees will connect through a variety of social events, discover new and innovative information through the educational program, and Inspire each other in supporting listening and spoken language communication.

“At no other meeting can you find such a diverse and inspiring group of individuals committed to listening and spoken language outcomes for children with hearing loss,” said Kathleen Treni, AG Bell president and principal of the Bergen County Special Services District in Northern New Jersey. “I have attended AG Bell conventions for years, both as a person with hearing loss and as a professional; the experience is something you will never forget.”

AG Bell is pleased to welcome Dr. Dale Atkins as the AG Bell 2012 Convention’s keynote speaker. Dr. Atkins is a licensed psychologist, popular commentator for NBC’s Today Show, and a renowned lecturer known for her practical advice and warm personality. Dr. Atkins has more than 25 years experience helping individuals maintain a balanced lifestyle by focusing on relationships and managing stress. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including “Sanity Savers: Tips for Women to Live a Balanced Life” and “I’m OK, You’re My Parents: How to Overcome Guilt, Let Go of Anger, and Create a Relationship that Works.”

In addition, the Convention will host its eighth research symposium, funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health, entitled “From the Ear to the Brain: Advances in Understanding Auditory Function, Technology, and Spoken Language Development.” This symposium will highlight advances in hearing aid and cochlear implant technology as well as the development of speech and language using amplification, and present new research on auditory function that will help us make strides in developing new interventions for hearing loss.

The Convention also features 12 short courses, 70 concurrent sessions, and an exhibition hall of more than 60 exhibitors who will demonstrate the latest in hearing technology as well as feature early intervention programs, schools, professional preparation programs and communications technology.

“This Convention’s educational program is an incredible blend of practical advice and advanced strategies for helping children develop listening and spoken language communication,” said Convention Chair Corrine Altman. “There is something for every level of learner and interest.”

Additional information regarding Convention events and registration fees is available online at listeningandspokenlanguage.org. Registration will open in mid-January.