LOFT

About LOFT

LOFT is for high school students who are deaf and hard of hearing and use listening and spoken language and their primary mode of communication. This four-day sleep-away program is designed for participants to develop or strengthen skills in individual leadership, teamwork, group dynamics, public speaking, and self-advocacy. The program provides a supportive and structured environment in which participants increase their self-confidence and understanding of their own strengths and abilities through activities designed to challenge them. LOFT builds connections, respect and camaraderie among teens who share a common bond. This is a great opportunity for high school and college-bound teens interested in an enlightening and confidence-building experience away from home with their peers.  

LOFT 2012 Junior EricLOFT 2010 Group CircleLOFT 2013 Emily Julia

LOFT 2016: June 26-30 & July 5-9 in Denver, Colorado 

Location & Dates
Two sessions of LOFT are planned for 2016 in Denver, Colorado. Each session can accommodate 20 teens. Holding both sessions is dependent upon the number of applications and funding. The dates for this year’s LOFT are:

Session 1: June 26 – June 30, 2016
Session 2: July 5 – July 9, 2016

Application & Deadline
Applications must be received by AG Bell by March 18, 2016. We are very strict about the deadline.

2016 LOFT Application PDF (print and complete by hand)
2016 LOFT Application - Writable PDF (open and complete on computer, then save, print and sign)
2016 LOFT Scholarship Application PDF (print and complete by hand)
2016 LOFT Scholarship Application - Writable PDF (open and complete on computer, then save, print and sign)

You can submit your application in one of two ways:

  1. Scan the complete application into one PDF document and email to: Judy Klein at [email protected] (this is the preferred form for application submission).

  2. Or, you may mail the application to: LOFT 2016
    3417 Volta Place NW
    Washington, DC 20007

PLEASE NOTE
Due to the popularity of this program, more applications are often received than can be accommodated in a given year; submission of an application is not a guarantee for program participation. Applicants will be notified via email on April 1, 2016 whether or not they have been selected for LOFT 2016. Applicants who are not selected for this year’s program are strongly encouraged to apply in future years.  

Do you have questions? 
Questions may be emailed to [email protected]

Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) is provided during classroom sessions. LOFT counselors are AG Bell members who are adults living with hearing loss. LOFT is designed for high school students with hearing loss. Click here for a printable information sheet about LOFT. 

In order to be eligible for this program, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Listening and spoken language must be the teen’s primary mode of communication.
  • At the time of submitting the application, the teen must be in high school.
  • The teen must have a pre-lingual bilateral hearing loss in the mild to profound range or a pre-lingual unilateral hearing loss in the moderate to profound range.
    A recent unaided audiogram will be required as part of the application.
Degree of Hearing Loss Hearing Loss range
Moderate 41 to 55 dB
Moderately severe 56 to 70  dB
Severe 71 to 90 dB
Profound 91+ dB

To Learn More

These articles will help you to learn more about the LOFT program and its impact.
    LOFT: A Mission Fulfilled 
    Ken Levinson: The LOFT Counselor Perspective
    LOFTees: Where are They Now? (pdf)
    LOFT 2011: Changing Lives, One Teen at a Time (pdf) 

LOFT 2015 Sponsors and Donors

AG Bell is grateful to those who support LOFT, helping to ensure the program can continue to meet the needs of teens who are deaf and hard of hearing and use listening and spoken language.

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Quotes from past LOFT Participants and Parents


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