The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is one of the world’s largest membership organizations and information centers on pediatric hearing loss and the auditory approach. AG Bell focuses specifically on children with hearing loss, providing ongoing support and advocacy for parents, professionals and other interested parties.
Founded in 1890 by Alexander Graham Bell, the association offers a wide range of services to its members, as well as providing general information to visitors and friends. AG Bell publishes books and brochures related to hearing loss, and also publishes a magazine, Volta Voices, and a scholarly journal, The Volta Review.
AG Bell provides financial aid for mainstreamed, auditory-based education to qualifying applicants at pre-school, school-age and university levels. Regional conferences and bi-ennial conventions are held to educate both members and non-members on issues relating to hearing loss. Finally, AG Bell provides governmental and education advocacy services through its state chapters, children’s rights coordinators and international affiliates.
The Connecticut AG Bell Chapter was accepted as a chapter by the national organization in 1986. The function of the state chapter is to work toward the objectives of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
The Connecticut Chapter has four objectives:
To promote the teaching of speech and language through maximal use of residual hearing.
To promote better public understanding of hearing loss in children and adults.
To promote early detection of hearing loss and prompt and continued use of appropriate amplification.
To inform, encourage, and help parents of hearing impaired children and oral deaf adults.
Members are actively involved in a parent support system throughout the state, monitoring legislation, presenting informational meetings, and organizing activities for hearing impaired children and their families.
Membership is open to anyone who is interested. Please join us in promoting the goals of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.