March 3rd is a significant day for the AG Bell community. Not only is it Alexander Graham Bell’s birthday, it’s also the day the World Health Organization (WHO) declared as World Hearing Day. A day that raises awareness about hearing loss and promotes hearing care. This year, the theme for World Hearing Day is “Don’t let hearing loss limit you,” something that AG Bell strives for each day.
Help us celebrate this extra special day by making a donation to AG Bell. It’s more than a 173rd birthday present for Alexander Graham Bell. It’s also a gift for the 34 million children worldwide with profound hearing loss. Your gift will ensure that more children and families have access to qualified specialists, information, and resources to lead a life without limits.
A donation to AG Bell directly impacts the lives of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. It helps new parents make well-informed decisions. It helps families get support and access to qualified specialists. And it helps professionals and policy leaders effectively advocate for the needs of people with hearing loss. Donate today to give the gift of sound.
The best way to celebrate World Hearing Day is by sharing. Email this page to your friends, family and colleagues and tag AG Bell in your social media posts using the hashtag #WorldHearingDay. While you’re at it, don’t forget to wish Alexander Graham Bell a Happy 173rd Birthday!
Language is acquired during the first six years of life, with the first three-and-a-half being the most critical. AG Bell has many support systems in place for children and families during this crucial stage of development, from helping with identification and diagnosis to choosing the right technology, education and emotional support.
At every age, AG Bell encourages children to persue their passions by exploring music, art, science, sports, and more. AG Bell offers scholarships to help children and their families participate in extracurricular activities and advance in academics, from grade school to college and beyond.
The transition from college to the workplace can be challenging. At AG Bell, we help provide the framework for success with support and resources that help young adults to thrive in their chosen field.
From hearing aids to cochlear implants, choosing the right technology is essential to ensure your child receives consistent access to speech and sound. AG Bell provides information and support to help your family get the technology you need to live a life without limits.
Youth who participate in our Leadership Opportunities for Teens (LOFT) program learn self-advocacy, leadership and communication skills. Part of what makes AG Bell’s LOFT program so important is the everlasting bonds teens establish with peers and mentors.
Listen-Learn-Link: New Parent Hotline
New parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing often have questions about their options. AG Bell created the New Parent Hotline, a resource that directly connects new parents to parents who have been on the same journey.
During early childhood, certified LSLS professionals serve as a guide, helping children learn to hear and talk, and their families make spoken language a regular part of their daily routine. AG Bell certifies LSLS professionals around the world and supplies them with resources and tools, ensuring that more children have access to qualified specialists.
AG Bell’s STEM-HEAR Initiative annually awards scholarships to college students with hearing loss who have STEM aspirations. The key to this program is that students have the opportunity to intern and work alongside mentors – professors with hearing loss – to develop academic and professional goals.