Building Bridges: Making Connections

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Building Bridges: Making Connections


Sugar, Meredith, Volta Voices


Listening and spoken language is a bond that connects professionals, families and children worldwide. This connection was evident at the 2015 AG Bell Listening and Spoken Language Symposium which was a landmark event in forging stronger international partnerships with professionals and organizations around the world. The symposium brought together 55 professionals from a dozen countries, from Australia to India and Korea, to multiple countries in Europe and South America.

As a result of the international exchange at the symposium, new partnerships were established with international organizations that will provide professional training and resources as well as greater access to information, education and support for families and children who have chosen spoken language as their primary mode of communication.

AG Bell will partner with Svante Borjesson, director of Clave, a charity supporting people living with hearing loss in Spain, to create a Web Content Alliance between the two organizations. Through collaboration with Clave and other organizations, AG Bell will be able to expand access to critical information about hearing loss and listening and spoken language to more families and professionals by translating content from its website in Spanish.

Clave, which is based in Spain, is a multinational group also registered in England and Wales, which provides information and training to professionals in Spain who are involved in the diagnosis, amplification and education of people with hearing loss. The organization offers practical and useful information to all Spanish speakers through its website www.oiresclave.org.

Clave also works to translate information into Spanish to make books and other materials about hearing loss accessible to the Spanish-speaking community worldwide. Recently Clave spearheaded the translation of The Hearing Aid Decision (Smith, Alpiner, & Mulvey, 2007) into Spanish to help improve hearing health care by guiding individuals through the process of determining whether amplification is a viable solution.

AG Bell also formed a partnership with Percival Denham, director of Instituto Oral Modelo (IOM; www.iom.edu.ar) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Through this collaboration, IOM will translate selected publications from the AG Bell bookstore into Spanish, expanding the knowledge base for listening and spoken language in South America. Spanish-speaking practitioners and parents alike will be able to learn from the book 101 Frequently Asked Questions About Auditory-Verbal Practice, edited by Warren Estabrooks, which is becoming a global publication that is currently available in Danish. …

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