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Parent-Infant Financial Aid Program


AG Bell Parent-Infant Financial Aid Awards Distributed

The AG Bell Parent-Infant Financial Aid Committee is pleased to announce a total of $118,849.96 was recently awarded to 140 families who are committed to a listening and spoken language outcome for their infants and toddlers who are deaf and hard of hearing. Awards ranged from $600 to $1,200. Award recipients reside in 31 U.S. states and Canada.

About the Program

The Parent-Infant Financial Aid Program is for families of infants and toddlers ages birth through 3 who have been diagnosed with a moderate to profound hearing loss who are in pursuit of spoken language outcome for their child. Awards are intended to assist with expenses for services such as auditory support services, speech-language therapy, tuition, etc. Families should be committed to a listening and spoken language outcome for their child or children with hearing loss. This program is for individuals only; organizations are not eligible to apply. Awards are made once a year, generally in the month of December. Award amounts vary; over the past three years, awards have ranged from $300 to $2,000.

Deatils and an application packet for the 2013 program will be available on this web page in August 2013. 

Update on 2012 Program

Letters were mailed on Monday, December 10 to all eligible applicants to let them know whether or not they were selected for an award. Please allow 7-10 days for your letter to reach you; if you have not received your letter by December 19, 2012, please send us an email.

2012 Parent-Infant Financial Aid Program Eligibility Criteria (subject to change for 2013 program)

In order to be eligible for this program, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • The child must be three (3) years of age or younger as of December 31, 2012.
  • The child must have a documented bilateral hearing loss or auditory neuropathy.
  • Note: Children with unilateral (one-sided) hearing loss or unilateral auditory neuropathy do not qualify.
  • The child’s hearing loss must be within the moderate to profound range. This means that he child must have an unaided Pure-Tone Average (PTA) of 55dB or greater in the better hearing ear in the speech frequencies of 500, 1000, and 2000 Hz.* Children with cochlear implants meet this eligibility requirement.
    *This may not apply for children who have been diagnosed with AN. For information on required documentation for AN, please see the "documentation" section on the Application Submission Instructions page of the application packet.
    Formula for calculating the PTA: On the unaided audiogram, look at the results for the better hearing ear at 500, 1000 and 2000 Hz and add those three numbers together, then divide that total by three. The result is the Pure Tone Average. To be eligible for this award, the child’s PTA must be 55 or greater.
  • Parents must be committed to and pursuing a listening and spoken language outcome for the child.
  • The child and family must reside in the United States (including territories) or in Canada.
  • Parents/guardians should be able to clearly outline their need for financial assistance and plans for usage of grant funds.

NOTE: AG Bell membership is not required; however, preference may be given to members.

Do You Have Questions?

Click here to see the FAQs about AG Bell's Financial Aid Programs. If you still have a question or would like clarification, please send us an email. Responses make take up to three business days, so please plan accordingly when submitting your email.