Magazine article Volta Voices

The Human Element

Magazine article Volta Voices

The Human Element

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I was watching TV recently when an ad from chemical giant Dow struck a chord. Although the ad had nothing to do with hearing loss, it credited the human element - the employees - for the advances the company has achieved. Yet, the commercial was not simply about people. It was about the value of sharing knowledge, exchanging ideas and increasing our understanding of the world around us. It was about people improving lives through communication.

For over a century, AG Bell has focused on people as the cornerstone to achieving our mission: serving as a source of information and guidance for families of children with hearing loss and the professionals who serve them. And, every year, new members turn to those who have come before them asking, "Will my baby learn to communicate with our family and other children her age?" Today, more than ever, the answer is "Yes."

This issue is all about how AG Bell members and advocates help to equalize communication access for people with hearing loss. Find out how Kate Salvatore and John Stanton of the AG Bell Deaf and Hard of Section (DHHS) define the issue in "What We Mean by Communication Access." And, fellow DHHSer David Davis explains how individuals and families can prepare for difficult situations in "Emergency! Communication Access Needed."

In "Encouraging Peer Support Groups," Mike Bury writes about how teens with hearing loss can learn critical self-advocacy and communication skills from their peers. Mother-daughter team Holly Clark and Kristin Buehl illustrate how those skills can pay off in the workplace in "Accommodations on the Job: Successful Strategies," which covers both employee and human resources perspectives. …

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