Teaching the World to Hear and Speak

As a student or professional serving individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, this is your online home. Here, educators of the deaf, speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and other professionals in the field will find valuable resources, information about LSL specialist certification, opportunities for continuing education, and a community of members with whom you can connect, share information, and celebrate listening and spoken language.

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Professional Resources

From the career center to professional resources and research, AG Bell is here to share about what is happening in the field of Listening and Spoken Language. 

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Professional Development

AG Bell knows that busy professionals need easy and immediate access to tools and resources. We offer a number of activities that provide information about listening and spoken language.

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Family Resources

AG Bell provides numerous materials for parents and their children at all stages of their hearing journey-from language development to self-advocacy. 

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Membership Benefits

Stay current with latest research through an AG Bell Professional Membership. Members have access to benefits such as Volta Voices, The Volta Review, LSL Leading Edge and more. 

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The Work of Listening and Spoken Language Professionals

Listening and spoken language professionals work in a variety of settings. Some professionals work in private practice, others in a school and still others in busy clinic, hospital or non-profit environments.

Professionals who work with families in the critical early years of life act as coaches and guides to parents and caregivers to help facilitate their child’s development of the family’s home language(s). Recognizing that parents and other family members act as their child’s fluent models of language, listening and spoken language professionals assist parents and caregivers in meeting their family’s desired outcomes. When provided with appropriate hearing technology and other supports, children can hear language and engage in developmentally-appropriate play and other learning activities that fuel the brain and result in the development of listening, speech and language. During early childhood, listening and spoken language professionals guide families on how to share and make spoken language fully and naturally accessible to their child as a regular part of daily routines and activities.

Listening and spoken language can be also be learned and cultivated at school. Similar to the early intervention period, specific attention is needed. Special education personnel (which include educators of the deaf, speech-language pathologists, audiologists, psychologists and other professionals.) should be involved in designing the education plan for the child to ensure access to language and learning in the classroom. Children who arrive to school with language skills similar to same-age peers may do quite well with accommodations such as an FM/DM/RM system and with supportive, aware classroom teachers. Children who enter school with significant language delays will generally need significant supports to develop language and modifications and accommodations that will provide access to the classroom curriculum.

Reach Us

Alexander Graham Bell Association
for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

3417 Volta Place NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

Tel: 202-337-5220
TTY: 202-337-5221


Our Mission

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

We want 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.