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Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

3417 Volta Place, NW 

Washington, DC 20007

Tel: 202/337-5220

TTY: 202/337-5221

Fax: 202/337-8314

Email: info@agbell.org

Website: www.agbell.org

Mission statement: “The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing helps families, health care providers and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Through advocacy, education, research and financial aid, AG Bell helps to ensure that every child and adult with hearing loss has the opportunity to listen, talk and thrive in mainstream society. With chapters located in the United States and a network of international affiliates, AG Bell supports its mission: Advocating Independence through Listening and Talking!”

Membership organization, minimum dues $50 adults; $40 Senior; $30 Student.

Has chapters in CA, CO, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KE, LA, ME, MA, MI,MN, NE, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN,TE, UT, VA, WV, WI. Assistance forming chapters in other states will be given.

General Resources offered:

For Parents: The Parent Section (PS) is committed to extending emotional support and information to families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Any AG Bell member who is a parent, grandparent, great-grandparent or legal guardian of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing is encouraged to become a member of this section. AG Bell offers many programs for parents.

For Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adults: They have an active service group of adults (18 years or older) who are deaf or hard of hearing and choose to communicate through spoken language and speech reading. One of three special interest groups at AG Bell, DHHS, active since its 1964 founding in Salt Lake City, serves to help AG Bell carry out its mission of encouraging the use of the oral approach in educating children with hearing loss.)

They strive to: • Work together on a national level to coordinate the efforts of regional and local DHHS organizations. • Collaborate with the Parents Section and the International Professional Section, as well as with AG Bell state chapters and international affiliates. • Act on the grassroots level to inform, support parents and mentor young children. • Socialize with our peers.

In addition to other AG Bell scholarships, DHHS grants a $1,000 scholarship each year to a recipient who is profoundly deaf and is attending college. See Financial Aid page for details.

Many DHHS members serve as volunteers, consultants, or resource persons when the perspective of a person who is oral deaf or hard of hearing is sought for ADA-related issues, oral interpreter training workshops, and the like. Members may help parents through attending an IEP meeting for their child. Many have testified before Congress and other government agencies on a variety of issues related to hearing loss.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial Aid and Scholarship funds are granted to people who meet the specific criteria for each award and may not be used for purposes other than what the award has stipulated. The AG Bell Financial Aid and Scholarship Program offers four awards to help with funding. Please review the specific eligibility requirements for each award before applying at their website, www.AGBell.org.

Specific programs are:

Parent-Infant Financial Aid

Applicants for this program should meet the following criteria:

  • Hearing loss must have been diagnosed prior to acquiring spoken language (pre-lingual hearing loss).
  • Hearing loss must be in the moderate to profound range. This means that the applicant must have an unaided Pure-Tone Average (PTA) of 55dB or more in the better hearing ear in the speech frequencies of 500, 1000 and 2000 Hz. Children with cochlear implants meet this eligibility requirement. (Individuals with unilateral [one-sided] hearing loss are not eligible.)
  • Spoken communication must be the child’s primary mode of communication.
  • The child must be three (3) years of age or younger as of December 31, 2007. (If your child is older than three years of age, please look at the Pre-School Financial Aid award and the School-Age Financial Aid award on this site.)
  • Applicant must be a resident of the United States (including territories) or Canada.
  • Parents/guardians must demonstrate financial need.

Preschool financial Aid

Applicants for this program must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Hearing loss must have been diagnosed prior to acquiring spoken language (pre-lingual hearing loss).
  • Hearing loss must be in the moderate to profound range. This means that the applicant must have an unaided Pure-Tone Average (PTA) of 55dB or more in the better hearing ear in the speech frequencies of 500, 1000 and 2000 Hz. Children with cochlear implants meet this eligibility requirement. (Individuals with unilateral [one-sided] hearing loss are not eligible.)
  • Spoken communication must be the child’s primary mode of communication.
  • The child must be at least four (4) years of age and not older than six (6) years of age as of December 31, 2007 AND enrolled in a preschool. (If your child is younger than four years of age, please look at the Parent-Infant Financial Aid award on this site. If your child is older than six years of age, please look at the School-Age Financial Aid award on this site.)
  • Applicant must be a resident of the United States (including territories) or Canada. School Age Financial Aid Awards The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) offers School Age Financial Aid Awards to students with hearing loss, ages 6 to 21, who are registered for or currently enrolled in a parochial, independent or private school offering a mainstream setting. Awards can be used to reduce educational costs such as tuition, room and board, books, equipment, auditory and speech language support services, academic tutoring, transportation and other school-related expenses.
  • Hearing loss criteria are the same as for the college scholarships.

In addition,

  • Must be between 6 and 21 years of age on December 31, 2007.
  • Enrolled or registered for enrollment on a full-time basis in a parochial, independent or private school in which the child participates in a mainstream setting. (Public school, home school and post-secondary education do not meet the criteria for this award.)
  • Demonstrate financial need. College scholarships for undergraduate and graduate programs: DHHS Scholarship: In order to be eligible for this program, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
  • Hearing loss must have been diagnosed prior to acquiring spoken language (pre-lingual hearing loss).
  • Hearing loss must be bilateral and in the moderate to profound range. Applicants must have an unaided Pure-Tone Average (PTA) of 60dB or greater in the better hearing ear in the speech frequencies of 500, 1000 and 2000 Hz. Applicants with cochlear implants meet this eligibility requirement. Unilateral (one-sided) hearing loss does not qualify.
  • Spoken communication must be the student’s primary mode of communication.
  • Enrolled in or applied to a mainstream and accredited college/university as a full-time student.
  • Applicants are eligible for one scholarship per school year and are limited to a total of two scholarship awards.
  • Scholarship awards range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Applicants should not request a specific amount; recipients and award amounts are determined by a committee of volunteers and all decisions are final • In addition to other AG Bell scholarships, DHHS grants a $1,000 scholarship each year to a recipient who is profoundly deaf and is attending college

Arts and Sciences Awards

The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) offers Arts and Science Financial Aid Awards to students, ages 6 to 19, to participate in 2006-2007 after school, weekend or summer programs focused on developing skills in the arts or sciences. Programs can be sponsored by museums, nature centers, art or music centers, zoological parks, space and science camps, dance and theater workshops or any other program with a focus on the arts or sciences. Awards cannot be used for programs that offer academic credit, travel or study abroad, recreational summer camps, sports camps or sports, including figure skating or gymnastics.

Award Criteria

  • Have been diagnosed with a moderate to profound hearing loss prior to acquiring spoken language. (Hearing loss averages 55dB or greater in the better ear in the speech frequencies of 500, 1000, and 2000 Hz.)
  • Use spoken communication as their primary mode of communication.
  • Are at least 6 years old and younger than 19 years old by December 31 in the year in which they apply.
  • Parents/guardians must demonstrate financial need.