Articles & Documents


Oct15 “Navigating the Tides of Change”

Here in Georgetown, multicolored leaves are appearing around us as the start of fall has reached the Washington, D.C. area. The historic Volta Bureau headquarters is located just a stone’s throw away from Georgetown University, where students are starting a new semester, and we have welcomed back Madalynn Williams, our work-study intern from nearby George Washington University. It is inspiring to see so many students around the neighborhood as they hurry to their next class, eager to learn more...
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Sep30 Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements

Recently, I traveled to New York City to attend the opening weekend of the newly released documentary, “ Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements .” I was honored when Director Irene Taylor-Brodsky asked me to moderate a Q&A at the Saturday night showing, and I thank her for giving me this wonderful opportunity to be a part of such a monumental documentary. 
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Sep06 Helping Students Achieve Greatness

Back-to-school is always a time of flurry and high energy. New clothes and shoes, new backpacks, and new supplies land in our shopping carts and swirl around our rooms at home. But what about new people to meet and new needs to explain hearing loss?
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Aug16 LOFT: Empowering For Success

The words "life-changing" can be applied to various events throughout our lives. But here at AG Bell, I can think of no better program that fits that description than the Leadership Opportunities for Teens (LOFT) program.
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Aug05 A Global Gathering, Part 2

On the second day of the Global Listening and Spoken Language Symposium, an elegantly dressed crowd made their way down to the world-renowned Prado Museum in Madrid for a closed-door, private tour. Founded in 1819 as a museum of paintings and sculpture, the Prado houses artwork dating back to the 12th century. Unfortunately due to a health incident, I was unable to attend the event in person, but through the magic of technology, I was able to view it at home from Washington, D.C., which enabled ...
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Jul25 A Global Gathering, Part 1

Working Globally to Ensure that People who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing can Hear and Talk. For 129 years, AG Bell, the AG Bell Academy – and now AG Bell International – have been supporting this mission around the world. As I sit here writing this column, I want to share with you all how AG Bell’s mission shone brighter than ever at this year’s Global Listening and Spoken Language Symposium in Madrid, Spain.
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Jun17 Cradle to Career/Father's Day

As spring melds into summer, Georgetown is blooming with flowers, colors and wonderful weather. In a couple of weeks, we will be at our   Global Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) Symposium   in Madrid. There, professionals from all over the world will meet to Learn, Network and Connect Towards Excellence in Listening and Spoken Language.
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May20 A Mother's Strength

This past Sunday, I was reflecting on the celebration of Mother’s Day. I know I would not be where I am today without my mother’s guidance. Unfortunately, I lost my father when I was a small child, so my mother raised my siblings and me.
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May09 Have You Heard? May Is Better Hearing & Speech Month

Here at the Volta Bureau, I have been reflecting on all the positive changes that took place as we transitioned into a new season, with flowers blooming and the warmth of the spring breeze. Around us, students are finishing their school year, and you can feel the anticipation of people making their plans for the summer. My thoughts have turned, as they so often do, to the future for AG Bell and for each of us.
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Mar05 World Hearing Day

It has been a while since I have communicated with you. I have traveled quite a few miles with the purpose of continuing our mission to work globally to ensure that people who are deaf and hard of hearing can hear and talk. As you will read in my upcoming columns, our international and national work has never been more vital and necessary.
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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.