Welcome to the AG Bell Community

This is the home for families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing, adults and teens with hearing loss, as well as the professionals who work for and with these communities. 

Become a member and gain access to a wide range of activities, resources, tools and expertise from hearing loss professionals. AG Bell membership is FREE to families, adults and children with hearing loss.


Volta Voices

Receive a subscription to our award-winning, quarterly magazine featuring information on hearing loss, education, technology, listening and spoken language, and family support.

AG Bell eNews

Receive our weekly email newsletter that includes the latest news and developments in hearing research, communication access, professional development, and advocacy efforts.

Leadership Opportunities for Teens (LOFT)

Teens are invited to participate in Leadership Opportunities for Teens (LOFT) program.

Resources for Families

Access AG Bell's network of state chapters located throughout the United States. Opportunities to get involved in AG Bell committees, task forces, councils and other venues.

Financial Guidance

Receive updates on financial aid and scholarships.

Advocacy Guidance

Participate in our online Parent Advocacy Training program.

AG Bell Chapter Activities

Take advantage of in-person activities, information exchanges and much-needed care and support in your community through a network of AG Bell’s 33 state chapters.

A Growing Library of Resources

Be the first to gain access whenever AG Bell releases a new tool developed to help those with hearing loss.

Become a Member

Are you a teacher of the deaf, speech-language pathologist or audiologist, or studying to become one? Click here to learn more about AG Bell’s professional and student memberships.

Find a Local Chapter

United States Chapters

There are 38 state chapters operating in the United States working to provide services to the AG Bell community at the local level. More information coming soon.

AG Bell International

In 2017, AG Bell merged with Madrid-based CLAVE and Fundación Oír Es Clave (Hearing is Key Foundation) to form Alexander Graham Bell International (AG Bell International). For nearly ten years, CLAVE and Fundación Oír Es Clave have followed AG Bell's vision and model throughout Spain and Latin America. As AG Bell International, we will work together to reach and advocate for Spanish speakers with hearing loss and the professionals who serve them in Spain and in all Spanish-speaking populations, including those living in the United States. 

Financial Aid

AG Bell offers financial aid programs for families at every stage of raising their child.
For more information about any of these programs, contact us here.

Financial Assistance for Hearing Technology

Many organizations provide financial assistance for the evaluation and purchase of hearing aids for children. Email [email protected] for more information. 

AG Bell College Scholarship Program

    For full-time students who are deaf or hard of hearing and use listening and spoken language. The application period is now open. View requirements and application.

George H. Nofer Scholarship for Law and Public Policy

    For full-time graduate students with a moderately severe to profound hearing loss who are attending an accredited law school or a masters or doctoral program in public policy or public administration. The application period is now open. View requirements and application.

Arts & Sciences Award Program

Available to students who are deaf or hard of hearing in grades one through twelve. Awards allow students to participate in after-school, weekend or summer programs that develop skills in the arts or sciences. View requirements and application.

Parent & Infant Financial Aid Program

For families of infants and toddlers under the age of 4 who have been diagnosed with a moderately-severe to profound hearing loss who are pursuing a spoken language outcome for their child. 

School-Age Financial Aid

The SchoolAge Financial Aid program is for students with a prelingual bilateral hearing loss in the moderately-severe to profound range who use listening and spoken language and who are in first through twelfth grades and attending a parochial, independent or private mainstream school. Awards are intended to assist with educational costs such as tuition, books, equipment, room and board, auditory and speech language support services, academic tutoring, transportation, and other schoolrelated expenses. Please Note: Public school, oral school, home school and postsecondary students are not eligible for this program. This program is now open with a deadline of April 27, 2018. Click here for guidelines and the application.

Preschool Age Financial Aid Program

The Preschool Financial Aid program is for families of preschool-age children who have been diagnosed with a moderately-severe to profound hearing loss and who are pursuing spoken language education for their child. Awards are intended to assist with expenses for things such as auditory support services, speech-language therapy, preschool tuition, etc. Families who apply should be committed to a listening and spoken language approach for the development of their child’s listening, speech and cognitive skills. Awards are made once a year, generally in the month of October. The 2018 application will open on May 18.

Directory of Services

Find local, national or international educational programs, private practices, and businesses that cater to the needs of families, children and adults with hearing loss. The Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) Directory can be accessed by becoming an AG Bell member.

Find a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist

Leadership Opportunities For Teens

Leadership Opportunities For Teens (LOFT) is a signature AG Bell program dedicated to shaping and transforming the lives of deaf and hard of hearing teens. Team building, self-advocacy, self-confidence, leadership, and communication skills are all taught in ways that transform individuals and create an everlasting bond between peers. 

Learn more about the LOFT program

Be Social

Connect with families and hearing loss professionals through our social networks to find support and share ideas and experiences.


Like and follow the AG Bell Facebook Page to find the latest news and information from AG Bell, including updates and information about AG Bell programs and events.

Join the AG Bell closed Facebook Group to find a safe space where families, adults and professionals can gather and discuss personal issues openly. To join this group, just hit the Join button on the top of the group, and after review, you will be added as a member. AG Bell staff monitors this group only to ensure it remains a safe, open and respectful space for all to discuss listening and spoken language.



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Alexander Graham Bell Association
for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

3417 Volta Place NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

Tel: 202-337-5220
TTY: 202-337-5221
Fax: 202-337-8314

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Our Mission

Working globally to ensure that people who are deaf and hard of hearing can hear and talk. 

We want all families to be informed and supported, professionals to be appropriately qualified to teach and help children with hearing loss, public policy leaders to effectively address the needs of people with hearing loss, and communities to be empowered to help their neighbors with hearing loss succeed.