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Welcome from the Convention Chair

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell), I am pleased to invite you to attend the AG Bell 2012 Convention, June 28–July 2 at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. – and I’m very pleased to announce a new registration fee structure that offers attendees more value!

Every two years, the AG Bell Convention hosts more than 1,800 individuals from around the world who are dedicated to promoting listening and spoken language for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Attendees include families of children who are deaf and hard of hearing, adults with hearing loss and the professionals that support them. The AG Bell Convention is the only event of its kind to bring together a large and diverse group for a conference that includes extensive educational programming featuring evidence-based practice on current topics – and many fun social events for everyone! The theme for the 2012 Convention is Connect • Discover • Inspire. Join us as we Connect with each other along the journey of hearing loss, Discover new knowledge and Inspire each other with stories of success.

Highlights of this year’s Convention include the ever-popular children’s program, the Research Symposium and the Opening General Session. For the first time ever, the Convention will feature a “Partners in Hearing” learning track with vendors to give participants the opportunity to learn more about products and services that support individuals with hearing loss. I am also pleased to announce that Dr. Dale Atkins, a licensed psychologist, popular commentator for NBC’s Today Show, and a former teacher of the deaf, will join us as this year’s keynote speaker. See the Schedule-at-a-Glance for for more information on all planned programming.

I am excited that the Westin Kierland Resort will host this year’s Convention. This full-service resort offers premiere meeting facilities, a luxurious spa, a magnificent 27-hole championship golf course and an Adventure Water Park as well as eight different restaurants to suit every appetite. The resort is also within walking distance from downtown Scottsdale, which offers additional sightseeing, dining and entertainment.

Finally, I would like to thank this year’s Convention committee for their dedication and hard work in putting together an exciting program that features the latest advances in intervention.

I look forward to seeing you at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale!

Corrine Altman
AG Bell 2012 Convention Chair