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Speaking from the Volta Bureau

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In this weekly column, "Speaking From the Volta Bureau," Emilio Alonso-Mendoza, chief executive officer of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing shares his perspectives on the the field of listening and spoken language and the community that is working to advance listening and spoken language for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing.


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September 1, 2017
The Value of Volunteerism: Making an Impact Beyond the Community

August 11, 2017
Celebrating 21 years of Leadership Opportunities for Teens

July 28, 2017
2017 Listening and Spoken Language Symposium - Part III

July 21, 2017
2017 Listening and Spoken Language Symposium - Part II

July 10, 2017
2017 Listening and Spoken Language Symposium - Part I

June 21, 2017
Saluti d' Italia!

June 12, 2017
Welcome AG Bell Summer Interns! 

June 2, 2017
Congratulations to Kathleen Treni!

May 26, 2017
Celebrating Better Hearing and Speech Month 2017

May 12, 2017
May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

April 11, 2017
Congratulations to Jane Madell! 

April 5, 2017
Celebrating 3 years at AG Bell 

March 29, 2017
Congratulations to Auditory-Verbal UK! 

March 14, 2017
Doreen Pollack - Marking the Life of a Legend 

March 7, 2017
Sharing Your Blessings Beyond Your Time 

March 3, 2017
Celebrating World Hearing Day 2017 

February 23, 2017
Passing of a Dear Friend - Marty Sussman 

February 16, 2017
Fostering Leadership and Opportunity Within Our Community 

February 10, 2017
The Depths of the Human Spirit 

January 17, 2017
Marking A Time of Transition 

January 10, 2017
A Thank You and a Welcome to Our Professionals 

January 3, 2017
Happy New Year! AG Bell's Resolutions for 2016 

December 20, 2016
Happy Holidays from AG Bell! 

December 13, 2016
What do your gifts support? A world of hearing and speaking! 

December 7, 2016
We Give the Gift of Sound 

November 29, 2016
Giving Back 

November 22, 2016
A Perspective on the Election of Our Next Commander-In-Chief, and A Time to Give Thanks 

November 1, 2016
A Day for Giving Back 

October 7, 2016
Thank You for Your Support at the 2016 Legacy of Innovation Gala!  

September 12, 2016
Overcoming and Striding for Greatness - Welcoming Lance Allred and Elena Laquatra 

August 2, 2016
Help Your Local Chapter! 

May 12, 2016
Congratulations AG Bell Scholarship Recipients! 

March 17, 2016
A Pot of Gold

March 9, 2016
A Lifelong Gift 

 March 2, 2016
A Holistic View of Listening and Spoken Language 

February 26, 2016
New and Exciting Learning Opportunities at the 2016 AG Bell Convention!

February 18, 2016
We Heard Dr. Alexander Graham Bell Speak!

February 9, 2016
Three Young Deaf Adults Changing the World

February 2, 2016
How a Son Inspires and Motivates a Mother to Achieve Excellence.

January 28, 2016
An AG Bell Love Story

January 20, 2016
AG Bell Supporters Help Children Accomplish Their Dreams

January 14, 2016
The World Needs More Listening and Spoken Language Specialists

January 7, 2015
Happy New Year from AG Bell!

December 22, 2015
Thank You for the Inspiration and Good Times of 2015

December 15, 2015
A Season for Giving

December 9, 2015
New Lands, New Possibilities

December 1, 2015
End the Year Helping Deaf Children Find Their Joy

November 24, 2015
Giving Thanks to the AG Bell Community

November 18, 2015
IDEA at 40

November 4, 2015
Leadership in Action

October 27, 2015
AG Bell Heroes Take on Hollywood

October 21, 2015
Autumn Leaves, a Wedding and a Conference

October 14, 2015

On a New Partnership and Two Conferences

October 8, 2015
Dr. Bell's Vision Inspires a Psychologist

September 30, 2015
Supporting Parents and Infants Through a Critical Time

September 24, 2015
Connecting People Creating Partnerships

September 16, 2015
September 16 - a Momentous Day

September 11, 2015
Renewing Old Friendships

September 4, 2015
Buildings and Legacies

August 13, 2015
How Detroit Teaches Resilience

August 6, 2015
The Joy of Seeing our Children Succeed

July 28, 2015
Young Philanthropists Create Opportunities for Giving

July 23, 2015
Celebrating the ADA's 25-Year Landmark, an Unprecedented Symposium and New Global Initiatives

July 15, 2015
Bob Bush: Valuing the Past, Evaluating the Present, Planning for the Future

July 8, 2015
Exciting Times in July!

July 2, 2015
Celebrating the Work of Dr. Tilak Ratnanather

June 24, 2015
LOFT: A Mission Fulfilled

June 18, 2015
A Visit to Orlando to Advance Listening and Spoken Language

June 11, 2015
A Visit to the Colegio Fernando Wiese Eslava in Peru

May 27, 2015
Awards for AG Bell Publications

May 20, 2015
Three New Members Join AG Bell Board in July

May 14, 2015
Bringing the Past into the Present to Celebrate our Legacy

May 6, 2015
Presenting at the OPTION Schools 2015 Annual Meeting

April 29, 2015
Working with Allied Associations to Help Children Hear and Talk

April 22, 2015
In the Middle: Between Deaf and Hearing

April 15, 2015
2015 Symposium Chair Supports Evidence-Based Practice

April 8, 2015
AG Bell Board Members Use their Best Skills to Help Children Hear and Talk

April 1, 2015
AG Bell Board Member Teaches Mentors of LSLS Candidates

March 24, 2015

Seeking Leaders to Guide Our Association Forward

March 17, 2015
AG Bell Academy Board Member Increases AG Bell's International Reach

March 10, 2015
Silent NO MORE Brings Life to Art

March 4, 2015
Helen Beebe, Where Does Inspiration Lead Us

February 19, 2015
Out and About with AG Bell 

February 11, 2015
From One Parent to Another, Our Community Grows

February 4, 2015
What is a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist?

January 28, 2015
First Days and First Steps for Families of Children with Hearing Loss 

January 20, 2015
Early Newborn Screening Helps Children who are Deaf to Hear and Talk

January 13, 2015
Capturing the Spirit of Chapters

January 6, 2015
Collaborate with AG Bell in 2015!

December 23, 2014
Many Thanks to Interns and Happy Holidays!

December 16, 2014
Learning the ABC's of LSLS Certification

December 10, 2014
Kathleen Treni: Inspiring our Children

December 2, 2014
AG Bell Accomplishments We Want You to Know for Giving Tuesday!

November 25, 2014
Thanks to Our Volunteers!

November 18, 2014
Helping Children #HearandTalk Around the World

November 11, 2014
Opening the Gates to Giving Tuesday

November 4, 2014
Inspired and SMILE-ing in New York

October 28, 2014
Where Does Curiosity Take You?

October 21, 2014
Happy 100th Birthday Eleanor Vorce!

October 14, 2014
All the World's a Stage: Rachel Arfa

October 7, 2014
Surgery and Communication: Ted A. Meyer

October 1, 2014
The Confidence to be Resourceful: Catharine McNally

September 23, 2014
Listening and Speaking is a Family Affair

September 16, 2014
Sharing Memories, Promoting Self-Advocacy

September 9, 2014
Throwback Tuesday with a Daughter of a 20th Century Executive Director

September 2, 2014
Taking Action is Being Better at What You Do

August 26, 2014
Multiplying Our Opportunities

August 19, 2014
What is the First Milestone of Education?

August 12, 2014
How Will You Make a Difference

August 5, 2014
What if You Faced Your 20-Year-Old Self?

July 29, 2014
Continuing the Convention Conversation

July 22, 2014
Connecting Our Community through Chapters

July 15, 2014
LOFT Counselors Mentor and Inspire the Next Generation of Leaders

July 8, 2014
AG Bell Board Members Break the Sound Barrier

July 1, 2014
The Spirit of Volunteerism

June 18, 2014
Beginning a Dialogue with the AG Bell Community

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