Board Members Receive Recognition for Their Service

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Board Members Receive Recognition for Their Service

At the November 2015 AG Bell Board of Directors meeting in Washington, D.C., AG Bell recognized three board members for their distinguished service to the organization and its mission to advance listening and spoken language for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Corrine Altman is the co-president of the Nevada chapter of AG Bell and the mother of five grown children, the first two of whom were born profoundly deaf.

Susan Lenihan, Ph.D., is a professor and director of deaf education at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, where the program prepares teachers, speech-language pathologists and early interventionists for careers in deaf education.

Catharine McNally is a dedicated advocate for using technology to bridge the accessibility divide and her influential work has been recognized through national leadership awards, honors and publications.

AG Bell also recognized John Stanton, 2014 recipient of AG Bell's Honors of the Association Award, for his extraordinary service to the association and tireless advocacy to improve access for people with disabilities.

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Wonders for Which We Are Thankful

One of the things that is special about this time of year is that, as a people, we take time to reflect on all the wonders of our life for which we are thankful. Read more from Emilio Alonso-Mendoza's weekly "Speaking from the Volta Bureau," as he reflects on the many professional experiences that cause him to marvel at human generosity and volunteer spirit. Click here to read.

AG Bell Letter to the Editor Published in Pediatrics

Following a June 2015 article in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, "Should All Deaf Children Learn Sign Language?", AG Bell submitted an eLetter response to the journal. This letter was one of several selected for publication in the November 2015 issue (volume 136, issue 5). The letter respectfully urged physicians to consider the evidence in support of listening and spoken language for deaf children.

AG Bell fully supports families being made "aware of all communication options in an unbiased manner." In counseling families, pediatricians and other health care providers must consider the evidence that supports these approaches. "American Sign Language is not necessary in many cases for a child born today with hearing loss who has the benefit of early identification, early amplification and good intervention," said Meredith Sugar, AG Bell president. Click here to read more and here to access the letter.

Deadline Extended! 2016 Convention Call for Presentations

You have one more chance to submit a presentation proposal for the 2016 AG Bell Convention, June 30 - July 3, 2016, in Denver. Submit by Nov. 30, at 5:00 p.m. EDT. We are looking for presentations that accelerate progress and advance opportunity for all who use listening and spoken language! The convention will feature several new dynamic session formats to deliver information in a way that meets everyone's learning style. We welcome your creative ideas for presentations! Let's hear in Denver - Submit by Nov. 30, at 5:00 p.m. EDT!

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The Volta Review Print Compilation Volume Coming Soon - Order Today!

The second issue of The Volta Review for 2015 will soon be released! AG Bell members and subscribers will have the opportunity to purchase a print compilation volume for an additional charge. The print compilation volume will include both issues published in 2015 and will be made available to AG Bell members at $80 and to nonmembers/institutional subscribers at $95. Orders must be placed by Dec. 9, 2015 at 5 p.m. EDT. Please click here to order your copy. The volume will be mailed in January 2016.

2016 Antonia Brancia Maxon Award Call for Nominations

The Antonia Brancia Maxon Award for EHDI Excellence is presented each year at the National EHDI (Early Hearing Detection and Intervention) Meeting to honor an individual or group of people who have made noteworthy contributions in achieving excellence in EHDI programs nationally or in a particular state or region of the country. Nominations for the 2016 award must be received by Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. For more information on how to submit a nomination, click here or email Karl White at [email protected].

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