What if Your Child Was Born Deaf? Board Member Shares His Story

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What if Your Child Was Born Deaf? Board Member Shares His Story

Check out this video, in which AG Bell board member Bob Bush talks about supporting his son, Bobby, and his grandchild, both of whom have hearing loss.

When Bob and Marie Bush first learned 26 years ago that Bobby was born with profound hearing loss, they faced many challenges in understanding what they could do to help their son live a full life engaged with the world around him.

Over the years, Bob and his family relied on AG Bell for a supportive network of families who shared their experiences. The AG Bell Convention provided the knowledge to help guide Bob's family in their decision-making. Programs like the Leadership Opportunities for Teens (LOFT) Program helped young Bobby gain the leadership skills and confidence he needed to succeed as an adult.

What if your child was born deaf? AG Bell is there for you and your family - helping thousands of children and individuals with hearing loss as well as the professionals that support them. Help AG Bell give more children the opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes. Together, we can give deaf individuals the opportunity to reach for the stars, live independently and embrace all of life's opportunities!

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FDA Reopens Comments on Personal Sound Amplification Devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the reopening of its comment period regarding the agency's 2013 Draft Guidance document on personal sound amplification products (PSAPs). When finalized, the guidance will clarify the regulatory distinctions between PSAPs and hearing aids, which are FDA regulated. The FDA also is seeking comments on the availability, accessibility and use of hearing and PSAPs for consumers with hearing loss. This request is in response to a report issued by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), which included a recommendation to create a "basic" category of other-the-counter hearing aids. Click here to read more.

Cochlear Implant University: Parent and Student Participation Needed

High school students (grades 10 through 12) or college students (freshmen through seniors) with cochlear implants and parents of students who are in high school or college, and not necessarily the parents of students in the study, are invited to participate in a research study to help evaluate Cochlear Implant University (CIU) which is an interactive, self-advocacy, skills-building online resource. The final day to enroll in the study is February 7.

Chapter leaders: spread the word in your community! KDH Research & Communication (KDHRC), the research firm funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, which is conducting this research, will offer a $500 gift to the AG Bell chapter that enrolls the most participants in the study.

Eligible student participants will complete two online surveys to answer questions about self-advocacy and the transition to college and may be asked to review the CIU website. Eligible parent participants will complete two online surveys to answer questions about the transition to college and supporting their students and may also review the CIU website. Participation should take between two and four hours.

For more information about CIU, read the article in Volta Voices Online. Click here (students) and click here (parents) to read more about the study and to participate.

The World Needs More Listening and Spoken Language Specialists

The work of Linda Baumgartner, a speech-language pathologist and a certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS®) was featured in an Orlando Sentinel article that focused on the shortage of auditory-verbal therapists in Florida. AG Bell recently certified 25 LSLS, but the need continues to grow. Click here to read this week's "Speaking from the Volta Bureau," and learn how AG Bell is supporting LSLS candidates as they progress in their careers towards certification.

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Save the Date for 2016 Convention!

The 2016 AG Bell Convention will be here before we all know it! Start making plans to join us June 30 - July 3 to Hear in Denver: Accelerating Progress, Advancing Opportunity! Pricing and registration opening date are posted online. We are adding new information to the Convention website every day so check back often!

The Volta Review: Read Latest Research Online

The Fall/Winter 2015 issue of AG Bell's peer-reviewed journal, The Volta Review, is now available online on ingentaconnect. Read it today and share through your social networks!

Survey Report from NCHAM

Parents and educators: check out "Aspects of Eligibility for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing under IDEA Part B Section 619 Preschool: A Survey Report" (PDF) from the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM).

Last Chance to Apply for Summer Research Internships - Application Due January 22!

AG Bell is excited to announce a new college scholarship opportunity for 2016! 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). 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.

Click here to learn more about process, eligibility and to download an application packet. Hurry and apply today!

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