AG Bell Announces 2012 Recipient of the Honors of the Association Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 1, 2012 – The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) named Karen Youdelman, Ed.D., as the 2012 recipient of its prestigious Honors of the Association Award, which is given to individuals who have demonstrated dedication to, and sustained efforts toward, the mission of AG Bell. Past recipients include former AG Bell President Kathleen Sussman, Mildred Oberkotter, Dr. Stephen Epstein, Helen Beebe, Doreen Pollack, Bruce A. Goldstein, Esq., Ken Levinson and Inez Janger, among others.

Youdelman is a past AG Bell president and board member, and has been a member of AG Bell for over 30 years. During her time as president, Dr. Youdelman lead the association through challenging economic times while increasing services to families raising children with hearing loss and supporting the launch of the Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLSTM) certification through AG Bell’s subsidiary, the AG Bell Academy.

During her career she has tremendously influenced the field of listening and spoken language development while serving in diverse capacities: as a speech-auditory training teacher at the Lexington School for the Deaf in New York City, adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University, an educational consultant with the Cochlear Implant Program of Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, and as a senior research associate evaluating advanced speech training technology for Matsushita (Panasonic) Corporation. She co-authored the Fundamental Speech Skills Test (FSST) and the “Guidebook for Voice Pitch Remediation in Hearing-Impaired Speakers,” critical tools for professionals in the field.

“Karen was selected to join this group of distinguished honorees because of her outstanding efforts on behalf of children and adults with hearing loss, and her steadfast leadership at AG Bell,” said AG Bell President Kathleen Treni. “She was at the helm of AG Bell during a period of great transition and helped lead AG Bell into a period of great growth and resurgence.”

Youdelman earned a bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology and audiology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and her M.A., M.Ed., and Ed.D. degrees in Special Education for the Hearing Impaired from Columbia University in New York. At the beginning of her varied career, she worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Brazil where she organized a hospital-based speech and hearing clinic and trained professional staff engaged in teaching children with profound hearing losses.

Youdelman will officially receive her award at the Opening General Session of the AG Bell 2012 Convention on Saturday, June 30, at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz.

About the AG Bell Association

The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) helps families, health care providers and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Through advocacy, education and financial aid, AG Bell helps to ensure that every child and adult with hearing loss has the opportunity to listen, talk and thrive. With chapters located in the United States and a network of international affiliates, AG Bell supports its mission: Advocating Independence through Listening and Talking! Visit www.listeningandspokenlanguage.org.