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AG Bell Leadership Program for Teens with Hearing Loss
April 23, 2009 – 11:32 pm | 12 Comments

Group of friends standing by a smiling young man against whiteDo you know a teen with hearing loss who is looking for an exciting leadership training opportunity? The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) typically only offers the Leadership Opportunities for Teens (LOFT) program every other year in conjunction with their national convention. They’ve broken with tradition this year and they’ve decided to run the program in Washington, D.C. this summer. Scholarships are available to assist teens interested in attending this program and the application deadline for financial assistance has been extended until May 1st. Read on for full details and use the Share button below to spread the word and pass this valuable information on to others who may be interested.

What: Leadership Opportunities for Teens
When: July 5-9, 2009
Where: Washington, D.C.

A three-day program for teens ages 15-18 who are deaf or hard of hearing and use spoken language and are interested in becoming more involved in their surroundings as leaders/role models. Skills learned from several types of activities will help participants successfully address situations in school, work, and play. Highlights include individual goal setting, team activities and games, communication and advocacy exercises, community development projects and group outings.

Expected outcomes for LOFT include:

* Establish life-long friendships with other teens who share similar experiences.
* Develop confidence and self-esteem to engage in public speaking, team-building and self-advocacy.
* Build the skills necessary to take an active role as leaders in their respective communities.

LOFT has space for a maximum of 20 teens and an application is required. There is a $300 tuition fee. Airfare and lodging are not included. Each teen will be sharing a room with another participant and the cost for each is expected to be approximately $40-50 per night. Participants will also be expected to cover dinner and entertainment for two evenings when the group goes out for special activities. Limited scholarships are available so apply early.

Deadline for applications is May 1, 2009 and notification of acceptance will be by May 7, 2009.

Questions about the program can be directed to Wendy Will at wwill@agbell.org.

Download the LOFT application, scholarship information and more details here.

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AG Bell Listening and Spoken Language Symposium – July 2009
April 4, 2009 – 10:24 pm | 13 Comments

The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will be hosting their 2009 Listening and Spoken Language Symposium in St. Louis, MO at the St. Louis Union Station Marriott July 23-25. …

Hearing Loss Association of America Convention – June 2009
April 4, 2009 – 9:58 pm | 15 Comments

Everything you need to know about the Hearing Loss Association of America’s 2009 convention is now available online. Held this year in Nashville, Tennessee  from June 18th to June 21st at the Gaylord Opryland Resort …

Hearing Loss Related Workshops Not to be Missed in New York and St. Louis
March 27, 2009 – 1:36 pm | 14 Comments
Hearing Loss Related Workshops Not to be Missed in New York and St. Louis

If you’re a parent of a child with hearing loss in the New York or St. Louis areas, mark your calendars and register for one or more of the following not-to-be missed programs. David Luterman, …

Sprint WebCapTel Captions Phone Calls for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
March 25, 2009 – 10:41 pm | 25 Comments
Sprint WebCapTel Captions Phone Calls for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

CAPTIONED TELEPHONE SERVICE OVER THE WEB
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Sprint recently launched a captioned telephone service that helps an estimated 28 million Americans with hearing loss to communicate comfortably on the telephone. …

Finding Support for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children
March 23, 2009 – 5:11 pm | 19 Comments
Finding Support for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

Socialization of deaf and hard of hearing children is very important to their personal growth and development. When kids with hearing loss attend special education programs with peers who have hearing loss, they’re surrounded by …

Caption TV Shows and Commercials for People with Hearing Loss
March 20, 2009 – 9:57 am | 18 Comments
Caption TV Shows and Commercials for People with Hearing Loss

Today is the first day of spring and while I hear the birds chirping outside my window, it’s snowing here in New York. Even though the sky is dark, grey and dismal looking, I have …

Great Things Coming for People with Hearing Loss
March 19, 2009 – 11:30 pm | 15 Comments
Great Things Coming for People with Hearing Loss

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Auditory Rehabilitation Tools for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Listeners
March 10, 2009 – 12:48 am | 9 Comments
Auditory Rehabilitation Tools for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Listeners

When children and adults begin using hearing aids and cochlear implants, they are often encouraged to commit to auditory rehabilitation and therapy. This will train their ears and strengthen their ability to use the hearing …

Find Adults and Parents Dealing with Hearing Loss with HearingExchange
March 8, 2009 – 8:42 pm | 11 Comments
Find Adults and Parents Dealing with Hearing Loss with HearingExchange

I’m always thinking of ways to help assist deaf and hard of hearing people as well as families dealing with hearing loss. Often, there are very few in our live communities who understand what we’re …

Do You Talk to Your Family About Being Deaf or Hard of Hearing?
March 6, 2009 – 8:48 am | 18 Comments
Do You Talk to Your Family About Being Deaf or Hard of Hearing?

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