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Encourage children and adults with hearing loss to communicate by developing maximal use of residual hearing, speechreading, and speech and language skills; Promote better public understanding of hearing loss in children and adults; Promote detection of hearing loss in early infancy, as well as prompt and continued use of appropriate hearing technology; Inform, encourage, and empower adults with hearing loss and parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing to function independently; and Work for better educational opportunities for children with hearing loss.
The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) is the world's largest membership organization and information center focusing on pediatric hearing loss and the auditory approach. Alexander Graham Bell Association emphasizes the use of technology, speech, speechreading, residual hearing, and written and spoken language. The Association focuses specifically on children with hearing loss, providing ongoing support and advocacy for parents, professionals, and other interested parties. Founded in 1890 by Dr. Alexander Graham Bell, we publish books and brochures on the subject of hearing loss, auditory approaches in education, advocacy, employment, and advances in hearing technology. Our organization also publishes a magazine (Volta Voices), a scholarly journal (The Volta Review), and offers resource/referral services to individuals with questions about hearing loss and auditory approaches. Alexander Graham Bell Association provides financial aid to qualifying applicants for mainstreamed, auditory-based education at pre-school, school-age and university levels. Regional conferences and biennial conventions are held to educate both members and non-members on issues relating to hearing loss. Finally, we provide governmental and education advocacy services through its state chapters, children's rights coordinators, national staff, and international affiliates.
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