Pre-K teacher Michelle Puryear was no stranger to recognizing children’s behavior and learning. However, when her own child, Claire, was born, it took nearly six months before they realized she had hearing difficulty.
This summer, AG Bell welcomed 12 interns to its virtual office to help out in a number of capacities. Interns are a critical part of the AG Bell staff and bring a wide breadth of knowledge and skills to the organization.
George H. Nofer was more than just an enthusiastic lawyer and educator. He was dedicated to advancing the education of children who are deaf and hard of hearing, and was particularly passionate about encouraging young, talented people to achieve their full potential. He passed away on April 19, 2021 at age 94.
Brooke Kemper Alholm is the new development associate at AG Bell. Brooke is no stranger to AG Bell: her son, Cole, received legal and financial support as the family navigated the preschool years and his cochlear implant journey.
We have long partnered with Georgetown University, located two blocks from the Volta Bureau, to help us engage many talented, motivated students from a wide background of disciplines to help us on various projects, big and small.
AG Bell is deeply grateful to the group of interns from Georgetown University who have collectively given hundreds of hours to our efforts to keep you informed, share knowledge, and provide support for Listening and Spoken Language.
Interns are an integral part of making AG Bell run smoothly. Every year, a new team of interns join us from universities around the country to help organize the day-to-day management of our membership, communications, events-planning, fundraising and more.
Coronavirus lockdown has been difficult for many of our AG Bell families. For some, it’s been harder than others—they’ve had pay cuts, lost jobs, or had to stop working to help their children through virtual schooling.
Following the success of this year’s event, AG Bell has announced its dates for the 2021 Global Listening and Spoken Language Virtual Symposium to be July 8-9. Co-chairs for 2021 are Jane Madell, Elizabeth Tyszkiewicz, and Fernanda Hinojosa.
Abigail Russell, or Abbey, an AG Bell intern and a Leadership Opportunities for Teens (LOFT) graduate, recently decided to get her first cochlear implant—at the age of 23. Born with a condition called Enlarged Vestibular Aqueduct (EVA), which affects hearing in children, Abbey’s hearing fluctuated in and out for the first few years, although she says she could usually hear.
Jack McConnell describes the kid-version of himself as “a basic, bland kid who liked his comic books,” but he is anything but basic or bland. At age 11, he started his own nonprofit called 20/20 Hearing, directed at funding audiology equipment and services for people who needed them.
After becoming profoundly deaf due to bacterial meningitis, a Pennsylvania baby becomes one of the youngest people in the United States to receive cochlear implants—and all during the pandemic, when doctor’s offices and hospitals were severely limited in terms of visitation.
Yet another of AG Bell’s annual highlights, the Leadership Opportunities for Teens (LOFT), remained unthwarted by the pandemic this July. Though the event moved online, it still brought together teenagers who are deaf and hard of hearing from around the country…
John Stanton serves on AG Bell’s Board of Directors. As a lawyer, he has advocated for AG Bell in a variety of legal matters. He served as AG Bell’s counsel in court cases impacting the rights of people who are deaf and hard of hearing, as well as more generally for people with disabilities.
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