AG Bell Honors Award Recipients

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 9, 2014 – The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) recently honored award recipients for its prestigious awards. The AG Bell awards have a rich, 50-year history of recognizing those who have made the world a better place for children and adults with hearing loss by advancing listening and spoken language for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing.   

The Award of Distinction recognizes an individual or organization outside the professional fields of education or (re)habilitation of individuals with hearing loss that has made an outstanding contribution to hearing loss issues.

The Volta Award is given to individuals and/or organizations that have made a significant contribution to increasing public awareness of the challenges and potential of people with hearing loss.

 2013 AG Bell Award of Distinction
Jeanine Gleba is the 2013 recipient of association's Award of Distinction for her advocacy effort to pass Grace's Law-New Jersey's hearing aid insurance mandate.

Named in honor of her daughter, the bill was signed into law on December 30, 2008, and requires all health insurers in New Jersey to provide up to $1,000 coverage for each hearing aid prescribed for children age 15 and younger.

Gleba continues to mentor and guide others involved in similar advocacy efforts in other states. "Jeanine Gleba is an inspiration to grassroots advocates everywhere. She exemplifies the type of leader that is honored with this award," said Emilio Alonso-Mendoza, J.D., CFRE, AG Bell Chief Executive Officer.

Gleba received her award at the New Jersey Chapter of AG Bell Annual Meeting held on Sunday, April 27, 2014. For more information about Grace's Law download the free e-book, "Warrior Mom's Guide to Passing a Law" at

 2014 AG Bell Award of Distinction
Jacob Landis is the 2014 recipient of the association's Award of Distinction for his Jacob's Ride.

Landis started Jacob's Ride in 2012 as an effort to raise money for people who need a cochlear implant but cannot afford it. Jacob's Ride combined his love of baseball and cycling and aimed to "hit a home run for hearing" by raising awareness of the difference cochlear implants can make in the life of people who are deaf and hard of hearing. The ride, which encompassed 30 Major League Baseball parks and stretched over 10,000 miles, raised over $150,000.

"AG Bell is honored to bestow this award in recognition of the outstanding efforts of Jacob Landis to raise awareness of the life-changing benefits of cochlear implant and people who are deaf and hard of hearing who listen, talk and live in the mainstream," said AG Bell president Donald M. Goldberg, Ph.D., CCC-A/SLP, FAAA, LSLS Cert. AVT.

Landis received his award at a reception held on March 21, 2014 at AG Bell's national historic headquarters in Washington, D.C. To learn more about Jacob Landis and Jacob's Ride, visit

 2014 AG Bell Volta Award
Ann Geers, Ph.D., and Jean Sachar Moog, M.S., LSLS Cert. AVEd, are the 2014 recipients of the AG Bell Volta Award.

Geers and Moog were jointly selected for this prestigious honor because of their outstanding and extensive collaboration and contributions to the research and the body of knowledge about the impact of listening and spoken language on the education of the deaf. Their joint research spans all areas of the field: from designing assessment measures for communication, language, speech perception and production, to language and literacy, to developing instructional strategies.

Geers and Moog originally started collaborating in the 1970s and 1980s, and design and carry out joint research projects to this day. "AG Bell is thrilled to honor Ann Geers and Jean Sachar Moog with this award. Their impact on the field of listening and spoken language, and most importantly, on the lives and education of individuals with hearing loss, is immeasurable," said Emilio Alonso-Mendoza. "Their joint work has strengthened research methodologies and statistical analysis in the field, and has moved the profession toward evidence-based practice," added Susan Lenihan, Ph.D., CED, who serves on the AG Bell board of directors.

Geers and Moog received their awards at a reception at the Washington University School of Medicine held on Thursday, May 1, 2014.