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The Volta Review Publishes Special Issue on Professional Preparation
The Volta Review recently published a special monograph issue, entitled “Professional Preparation for Listening and Spoken Language Practitioners.” Some of the key factors that impact the communication development of a child with hearing loss include the knowledge, skills and experience of the professionals serving the child and family. As technology and early intervention services have improved, programs preparing professionals to work with children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families have had to adapt to keep pace. Without access to well-trained and competent professionals, children with hearing loss will not fully achieve the communicative potential that is now possible.

This monograph is a focused text, providing a blueprint to preservice and in-service training of professionals in the fields of audiology, speech-language pathology and education of the deaf who seek to provide listening and spoken language outcomes. Click here to access the full text (you must be a member and logged in to access the monograph online). Click here to purchase additional copies.
July Issue of Good Housekeeping Features AG Bell Member
The July issue of Good Housekeeping magazine features an excerpt from the book "If a Tree Falls" by AG Bell member Jennifer Rosner, a touching memior of her family's journey after she and her husband learned their two daughters are deaf. Rosner hosted a book signing of "If a Tree Falls" at the AG Bell convention. Click here for more information about the book.
AG Bell Announces President-Elect for 2010-2012
AG Bell announced today that Donald M. Goldberg, Ph.D., CCC-SLP/A, FAAA, LSLS Cert. AVT, has been selected by the AG Bell Board of Directors as the association’s president-elect for the 2010-2012 term.

Goldberg currently serves as president of the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language and in that role is a member of the AG Bell Board of Directors. He is co-director of the Hearing Implant Program at the Cleveland Clinic and is a world leader in the assessment of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children and adult patients who are deaf or hard of hearing, and the auditory-based (re)habilitation of patients who are recipients of unilateral or bilateral (both simultaneous and sequential) cochlear implants.

Goldberg is the author of numerous research articles in the areas of cochlear implants, auditory-verbal therapy, speech-language-auditory assessment, educational audiology and counseling, and is a co-author of Educational Audiology for the Limited Hearing Infant and Preschooler: An Auditory-Verbal Approach (Pollack, Goldberg, and Caleffe-Schenck, 1997). Goldberg is a regular presenter at national and international forums on those same topics. He will officially become president of AG Bell in June 2012.
AG Bell 2011 Listening & Spoken Language Symposium Dates Announced!
Save the date! The AG Bell 2011 Listening & Spoken Language Symposium will be held July 19-23, 2011, at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, D.C. Stay tuned to AG Bell Update as more details are announced.

Preschool-Age Financial Aid Program Applications Available
The AG Bell Preschool-Age Financial Aid program was established to provide financial aid support to families of preschool age children who have been diagnosed with a moderate to profound hearing loss and who are in pursuit of spoken language education for their child. Grants are awarded to help offset expenses associated with obtaining services such as auditory support services, speech-language therapy, preschool tuition, etc. Click here for more information or to download an application.
Volta Voices Highlights AG Bell’s Leadership
The cover of the May/June issue of Volta Voices features AG Bell’s current president, Jay Wyant, and incoming president, Kathleen Treni. With the AG Bell 2010 Biennial Convention almost here, Volta Voices wanted to showcase AG Bell’s leadership and how the AG Bell community is working to meet the association’s four goals: Advocacy, Capacity Building, Community Building, and Leadership and Management. Articles include an introduction to Treni and her vision for leadership, an overview of AG Bell's acclaimed Parent Advocacy Training (P.A.T.) program that will re-launch this summer, how the AG Bell Academy is working to address a crisis of capacity facing listening and spoken language practitioners, and a look at what AG Bell Chapters are doing to build awareness and community in their local areas. Click here to login as a member and view an online version.
Volta Voices Receives Multiple Awards
Volta Voices, AG Bell’s bimonthly magazine, was recently honored with three Communicator Awards of Distinction for cover design (the January/February 2010 issue featuring Lee Woodruff), special-themed issue (the November/December 2009 issue on professional development) and column writing (Paul Jacobs’s ongoing series Psychosocial Potential Maximization). The awards are distributed by the International Academy of the Visual Arts. Click here to learn more about Volta Voices and to read past issues (you must be logged in as a member to access the full copy).

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