Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

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Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
AGB Logo Color.png
Founded 1890
Founder Alexander Graham Bell
Focus Deaf issues, promote equal accessibility
Location
Area served
United States
Method Donations and grants
Key people
  • Ted A. Meyer, Chair
  • Emilio Alonso-Mendoza, CEO
Website www.agbell.org

The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, also known as AG Bell, is a resource, support network and advocate for listening, learning, talking and living independently with hearing loss. Through publications, advocacy, training, scholarships and financial aid, AG Bell promotes the use of spoken language as well as hearing technology for children with hearing loss. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with chapters located throughout the United States and a network of international affiliates.

The Association also sponsors the AG Bell College Scholarship Awards Program for a number of deaf and hard of hearing full-time students pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees. In 2010, 18 awards were granted ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.[1]

History[edit]

The Association was originally created as the American Association to Promote the Teaching of Speech to the Deaf (AAPTSD). In 1908 it merged with Alexander Graham Bell's Volta Bureau (founded in 1887 "for the increase and diffusion of knowledge relating to the deaf"), and was renamed as the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf in 1956 at the suggestion of Mrs. Frances Toms, the mother of a deaf son who was able to achieve high academic standings in normal non-deaf schools with the organization's help.[2] In 1999 the Association was finally renamed to the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.[3]

The AG Bell's headquarters, Bell's Volta Bureau building of 1893 in Washington, D.C., with the association's name plaque shown to the right.

Mission statement[edit]

Working globally to ensure that people who are deaf and hard of hearing can hear and talk.

We wanted all families to be informed and supported, professionals to be appropriately qualified to teach and help children with hearing loss, public policy leaders to effectively address the needs of people with hearing loss, and communities to be empowered to help their neighbors with hearing loss succeed.[4]

Controversy[edit]

The foundation has been criticised for misleading and inaccurate claims made in relation to the use of American Sign Language among the Deaf community after Nyle DiMarco was announced as the winner of season 22 of America's Next Top Model. The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, the National Association of the Deaf, the National Black Deaf Advocates and academics accused the foundation of inaccuracy, bias, pseudoscience, xenophobia and eugenics.[5][6][7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greenville Tech Financial Aid: Financial Aid Blog, Greenville Technical College, Greenville, S.C. Retrieved from Greenville Technical College website, February 4, 2011.
  2. ^ "Bell Ceremony: Give Glimpses of Life Of Telephone Inventor; "Always Loved Canada" ", Brantford Expositor, 14 September 1953, pp. 13, 19.
  3. ^ "AGBell". Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Retrieved April 3, 2010.
  4. ^ "A.G. Bell Association website".
  5. ^ "News Impacting the RID Community: Nyle DiMarco & AG Bell Association". Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. April 5, 2016. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  6. ^ "Nyle DiMarco and Language for Your Child". National Association of the Deaf. April 3, 2016. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  7. ^ "NBDA Letter to AG Bell President Meredith Sugar, Esq". National Black Deaf Advocates. April 3, 2016. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  8. ^ Peter C Hauser (April 2, 2016). "Nyle is not the one spreading myths". Retrieved October 6, 2018 – via Facebook.

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