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Magic Made Real 

Magic Made Real: Research Symposium—Maximizing Brain Adaptability
Enhancing Listening for Language Development, Speech Perception and Music Appreciation
8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Swan Ballroom
AG Bell is pleased to present its renowned Research Symposium featuring eminent scientists in the field of hearing health research and auditory skill development.

This year’s presentations will focus on the dramatic interplay between cognitive adaptability, or brain plasticity, and technology that provides audibility for language development, improved listening skills and music appreciation. What links these remarkable elements together is meaningful interaction in the form of conversation, guided practice or intervention, and listening to music so that the neural pathways designed for hearing can play their natural roles when provided with audition through technology.

The 2014 Research Symposium chairmen, Peter Steyger, Ph.D., and Tilak Ratnanather, Ph.D., recipient of the 2012 Farrington Daniels Award for the best paper on Radiation Dosimetry, have once again invited an impressive panel of scientists to share their work with AG Bell convention attendees. Learn from  

  • Pamela Souza, Ph.D., Northwestern University, School of Communication
  • Beverly Wright, Ph.D., Northwestern University, School of Communication
  • Emily Tobey, Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • Kate Gfeller, Ph.D., University of Iowa, School of Music
  • Moderator: Lyn Robertson, Ph.D., Denison University, Ohio

The AG Bell 2014 Research Symposium is supported by a grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders at the National Institutes of Health.

Don’t forget to turn in your CEU forms prior to your departure!
Included in pp. 63-67 of your convention program book you will find perforated sheets to keep track of the sessions you attend, the number of CEUs earned and your certifying agencies. When the convention is over, simply tear out your completed pages and submit them to the CEU Desk no later than 6:00 p.m.  

General Information

Networking and Social Events

Registration/Information/CEU Desk
Northern Foyer
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(CEU Desk will remain open until 6:00 p.m.)

Exhibit Hall
9:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Hospitality Room
Northern Hemisphere E-4

Children’s Program
Toucan Foyer (Swan, lobby level)
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Check-in: 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Pick-up: 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Breakfast with Friends
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Ticket required: $20 each for adults; $10 each for children ages 3-9; free for children under 3 years of age
Location: Swan Ballroom 7-10 (Swan)
AG Bell conventions have a special history of bringing together families who begin as strangers and end as lifelong friends. Don’t miss this opportunity to gather with other families who understand what it means to support listening and spoken language, and celebrate the magic made real. Enjoy a full breakfast buffet and entertainment before starting your day of learning and networking. (Made possible by Advanced Bionics & RIT/NTID.)


In the Exhibit Hall

Lydia Denworth: Book Signing of I CAN HEAR YOU WHISPER: An Intimate Journey through the Science of Sound and Language
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Northern Hemisphere A-D, Exhibit Hall

Join Lydia on a quest to understand the brain’s extraordinary plasticity and one boy’s journey to acquire language and literacy!

Also, make sure to check out Lydia’s concurrent session “Sounds to Words: How the Brain Hears” from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in Southern Hemisphere II (Dolphin).

Lydia Denworth is a former Newsweek reporter, London bureau chief at People magazine, and professor of journalism at Fordham University. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York. Her third son, Alex, was diagnosed with moderate to profound progressive hearing loss.


Especially for Teens
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Session: “Now You Hear Us: Deafinitely Awesome Teens”
Session: “Navigating Sticky Issues: Jobs and People with Hearing Loss”
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Teen Meet-Up: “Sunshine and Sno-Cones” by the pool with pool-side games – Poolside near the basketball court at the Dolphin Hotel
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Session: “Lessons From the Battlefield: Deaf Adults Share Their Tips to Success”

Badge reminder

Please wear your convention badge at all times as it will be required for admittance into all convention venues and events. If you forget your badge, please go back to your room or stop by the registration desk to have a new badge made (you will need your photo ID to get a replacement badge).

Meals and Beverages
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort offers a diverse selection of 17 restaurants and lounges offering unrivaled cuisine to please every palate. Experience fine dining restaurants where global cuisine is paired perfectly with fine wines and served in richly appointed settings. Young diners will have ear-to-ear smiles as they experience dining with lovable Disney characters in Garden Grove, or for a more casual meal, choose from a variety of delightfully creative venues including poolside dining.

AG Bell is providing paperless session evaluations that can be accessed via your mobile device or your computer for each pre-convention workshop or concurrent session you attend in Orlando! Please complete an evaluation for each session you attend. Your feedback is valued and will help make the next convention even better!  

Raffle Ticket Sale: Win Awesome Prizes and Help Children Listen and Speak!
Last chance to buy a $2 Raffle Ticket. Drawing is today at 12:45 p.m. in the exhibit hall.  You can be the lucky person to win an iPad Mini or $50 gift card from Amazon! Come to the exhibit hall to see if you are the lucky winner.  You (or your ticket) need to be present to win.


  • iPad Mini – 16GB WiFi (1 Prize)
  • $50 Amazon Gift Card (3 prizes)
  • One (1) Free Registration to the 2015 AG Bell LSL Symposium (Baltimore, Md.)
  • One (1) Free Registration to the 2016 AG Bell Convention (Denver, Colo.)

Your participation will help AG Bell continue to make a difference in the lives of children, families and individuals with hearing loss! 


Mark Your Calendars

2015 Listening and Spoken Language Symposium
July 9-11, 2015
Marriott Waterfront
Baltimore, MD

2016 AG Bell Convention
June 30-July 3, 2016
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
Denver, CO