Back to School Prep: Parent Advocacy Training

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Thursday, September 10, 2015
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Back to School Prep: Parent Advocacy Training

It's back to school time and this means fall meetings with your child's Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. The AG Bell free online Parent Advocacy Training course is available in both English and Spanish. It helps parents and educators build knowledge and confidence as they become advocates for their children living with hearing loss and work with local school districts and service providers. Course content focuses on Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the IEP.

The course is available 24/7 and you have the option to return to where you left off or review previous sections. Click here to learn more and access the course. Also, check out our Volta Voices Back-to-School Archive for a variety of resources to help set your child on the right track for the school year!

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Survey for Adults who Wear Hearing Aids or Cochlear Implants

AG Bell would like to know more about the careers and work of adults with hearing loss. If you wear hearing aids or cochlear implants please answer this survey.

If you do not use hearing technology, but you know of someone who does, please forward this survey.

The survey will take less than three minutes of your time. Click here to take the survey.

Hope for Children with Hearing Loss in India

Imrana Yasmin, who is almost 5 years old, recently received a cochlear implant as part of the National Programme for prevention and control of deafness by the union ministry of health in India, giving hope to her parents that she will one day be able to hear and talk. Click here to read more.

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Teen with Hearing Loss Breaks Swimming Records

When 14-year-old Molly Likins swims in a meet, she can't hear the starting gun or the whistle. Likens is deaf and a competitive swimmer who recently broke two American records - one for the 100 meter breast stroke and one for the 50 meter breast stroke in which she won the bronze medal. Click here to read her story.

Vocabulary Learning

There are numerous opportunities each day that can be used to work on vocabulary. By embracing teachable moments, children can learn new words and concepts in their natural environment and practice them frequently. Click here to read more.

Presentations from 2015 AG Bell LSL Symposium

Check out all the great presentations from this year's AG Bell Listening and Spoken Language Symposium. There is a lot to learn and share!

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