The story of the Florida chapter of the AG Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing starts in 1967 when it was a support group for families of children who were deaf and hard of hearing. On September 13, 1967, the support group was incorporated as Florida Oral Education for the Hearing Impaired, Inc. a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. It evolved to include deaf or hard of hearing adults, parents, educators, administrators, audiologists and other professionals providing family and professional networking, fundraising, scholarships, and conferences. In September of 2000 the Board of Directors formally voted to change Florida Oral to A.G. Bell Florida and the partnership with the national organization was forged.
Currently the Board of Directors has members from across the state and our highlight activity each year is a collaboration that started in 2011 with the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (FLASHA). At the annual FLASHA convention AG Bell Florida designs and coordinates a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Track of professional development. Scholarships have been previously offered for family engagement at the AG Bell FL LSLS Track at FLASHA.
AG Bell Florida looks forward to the exciting potential of continued growth and strong partnerships.
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