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AG Bell Files Comments on Proposed Rule Changes to ADA
On August 18, AG Bell filed comments to proposed rule changes to Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Department of Justice requested comments to these sections pertaining to communications access to stadium events; movie captioning; availability of interpretive services (including oral interpreters) at hosptials; communications access and emergency response at hotels and motels; high-tech communications services; and much more. With the assistance of the Law and Advocacy Center of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), AG Bell joined NAD, the Hearing Loss Association of America, Telecommunications for the Deaf, Inc., and many other hearing loss groups and individuals in filing comments in response to these important issues. For more information on the proposed rule changes, click here.
Congresswoman Berkley Pledges to Fight for Hearing Aid Tax Credit
On Saturday, August 16, a capacity crowd of 120 Las Vegas residents gathered to thank Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-NV) for her co-sponsorship of the federal Hearing Aid Tax Credit (HR 2329) and to urge her to champion the bill in the House of Representatives. Rep. Berkley is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee that determines the fate of tax legislation, and she pledged to fight for passage of the tax credit to help offset some of the cost of hearing aids for dependents under 18 and people over 55 years old.

Rep. Berkley was introduced at the event by Nevada State Senator Terry Care who championed the state’s Early Hearing Detection and Intervention legislation. The meeting also attracted the attention of the Las Vegas FOX-TV affiliate which filmed an interview with Rep. Berkley.

Special thanks go to the Nevada Chapter of AG Bell, which organized the event, particularly Chapter co-presidents Arnie and Corrine Altman. Click here to see a photo.
AG Bell President Guest on Milwaukee FOX News
New AG Bell President Jay Wyant celebrated his swearing-in on June 30 with a guest appearance on the Milwaukee local FOX show "Wake Up Milwaukee." Click here to view the clip. Captions were contributed by CaptionMax.
AG Bell Convention News Coverage!
AG Bell received significant news coverage of its 48th Biennial Convention in Milwaukee!  Click here to visit the newsroom.
Jay Wyant Featured in "ADVANCE for Audiologists"
AG Bell President Jay Wyant was featured as a guest columnist in the  "Point of View" section in the July/August issue of "ADVANCE for Audiologists," a leading publication for the audiologisit community. Click here to read Jay's column.


AG Bell Announces Editor and Senior Associate Editor for The Volta Review
The Volta Review, AG Bell's 118-year-old research journal dedicated to spoken language development for the deaf and hard of hearing, today announced the appointment of a new Editor and a newly created position of Senior Associate Editor.  Dr. Joseph Smaldino is professor and chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Illinois State University, and has worked as an editorial consultant on several leading hearing-related journals. In his role as Editor of The Volta Review, he will be helping to gather top-quality research submissions and assist in overall strategic direction for the publication.  Dr. Kathryn L. Schmitz is an assistant professor in the Liberal Studies Department at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), Rochester Institute of Technology. Dr. Schmitz will be responsible for working with Associate Editors and Reviewers as manuscripts move through the approval process.
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Check your mail boxes for the July/August issue of Volta Voices. This issue contains highlights of the 2008 AG Bell Biennial Convention and a profile on Kathleen Sussman, the 2008 recipient of the Honors of the Association Award. In addition, learn about auditory-verbal therapy videoconferencing and about one parent’s decision to pursue a spoken language outcome.
AG Bell Announces President-Elect for 2008-2010
By a unanimous decision, the AG Bell Board of Directors has elected board member and Professional Section Chair Kathleen Treni as its new president-elect for 2008-2010. Kathleen was born deaf and was educated in public schools. “For many years, Kathleen has demonstrated tremendous leadership on the board, particularly throughout the recent transition at AG Bell and the adoption of a new governance structure," said AG Bell President Karen Youdelman. "Kathleen's professional commitment to the educational development of children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as her role as a mentor to those with hearing loss, make her an outstanding selection as a future president of AG Bell." For more information about Kathleen, click here.
Signs of Hearing Loss in Your Child
Learn basic facts about childhood hearing loss and how to identify signs of hearing loss in your child. Also find professionals in your area who can help.
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