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2016 AG Bell Convention Registration Open!

LET'S HEAR IN DENVER! Join us June 30 - July 3 for the 2016 AG Bell Convention
It's time to Accelerate Progress and Advance Opportunity for Listening and Spoken Language! Register today at www.agbell.org/2016Convention

FAMILIES: Engage in the learning you want and need, connect with other families by sharing your experiences, and interact with professionals working toward advancing future opportunities for children with hearing loss.
PROFESSIONALS: Take this opportunity to engage with and expand your professional network and learn the latest in the field in a variety of new and appealing learning formats.
ADULTS WITH HEARING LOSS: Reconnect with old friends and make new ones! Share your story with parents and professionals as an opportunity to share what living with hearing loss means to you.

NEW in 2016!
New Session Formats The 2016 AG Bell Convention will feature the following new dynamic session formats to deliver information in a way that meets everyone's learning style: 

  • Accelerate Sessions - gain diverse insights and perspectives on topical issues from a team of presenters
  • Knowledge-Building Sessions - get in-depth information with a blend of research and ready-to-use practice
  • Interactive Sessions - lend your voice through dynamic exchange in small-group discussions and activities 

ALSO NEW IN 2016!  

  • Storytelling: Interactive opportunity to tell or listen to stories related to families' and individual's journeys of listening and spoken language
  • Listening and Spoken Language Celebration
    SATURDAY, JULY 2, 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    This fabulous event will involve music, dancing, games and conversation as part of a continuous gathering in the ballroom, reception hall and adjacent smaller rooms in the Sheraton Tower. There will be activities for everyone: parents, professionals and adults with hearing loss. RSVP required. 


  • Two-for-One Opportunity: Families and adults with hearing loss can double their experience at the convention and register two people for the price of one
  • Earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs): Professionals can earn continuing education from three organizations - the AG Bell Academy, AAA and ASHA
  • Onsite Children's Program for children with and without hearing loss
  • Research Symposium on neuroimaging   

We look forward to welcoming you in 
Denver, June 30 - July 3! 


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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: Earn a $500 gift for enrolling the most participants from your chapter. 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. Spread the word in your community!

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. Chapter leaders who have questions can contact Nicole Wanty at [email protected].

An AG Bell Love Story

In this week's Speaking from the Volta Bureau Emilio Alonso-Mendoza highlights the work of long-time member, LaFawn Biddle of Colorado. Also, LaFawn told Emilio the story of the relationship of her granddaughter to her new husband and how they cultivated their relationship at AG Bell conventions. Click here to read more about their wedding.

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Read the Latest Volta Voices Online

This issue of Volta Voices focuses broadly on making connections and building bridges to advance listening and spoken language for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing in their communities around the globe.

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