Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Help AG Bell tell everyone that deaf people can hear and speak!

What if you were born deaf?                        
What if your child was?
Dear Friend,

Think about a world where the general public understands that nearly every child with hearing loss can learn to listen and talk.
Did you know that most deaf children - more than 95 percent - are born to parents with typical hearing, and close to 90 percent of those parents are choosing listening and spoken language for their child?

Deaf children growing up now have unprecedented opportunities to develop listening and spoken language, thanks to newborn screening, early identification and intervention, and the latest technology, such as advanced hearing aids and cochlear implants.

The voices of our children with hearing loss tell their own story. AG Bell recently asked parents, children and adults, "What if you were born deaf?" In videos available on the AG Bell YouTube channel, families shared the remarkable abilities of deaf children today - making music, singing songs, and participating fully in sports and theater using speech and hearing. 

Every day, AG Bell works to dispel myths about deafness and spread the word that children who are deaf can hear and talk. They can become part of the larger world and share in the great treasures of sound.

AG Bell uses timeless guiding principles to ensure that deafness doesn't mean a world of silence.
  • Empowering and Respectful. We empower families to make informed choices, respect their decisions and value the contributions of people who are deaf and hard of hearing. 
  • Forward-Thinking and Innovative. We value our heritage and history, while adapting to the changing environment, and promoting access to technology. 
  • Inclusive and Supportive. AG Bell provides a welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment for children and adults who are deaf and hard of hearing, their families and the professionals that work with them.
  • Dependable and Knowledgeable. AG Bell has built a reputation of providing evidence-based, reliable and accurate information about listening and spoken language.
You make our vision possible. Your contribution helps us continue to share the great news with the general public that people who are deaf and hard of hearing can listen and use spoken language.

This holiday season, help AG Bell tell everyone that deaf people can hear and speak!

P.S. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar if you make your pledge now and fulfill it in 2016!

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