We are pleased to announce that Troy University will again host the Mental Health Interpreter Training Program's renowned Interpreter Institute, it was announced by Troy University Vice Chancellor Lance Tatum and Office of Deaf Services Director Steve Hamerdinger. This will mark the 5th straight year of this collaboration.

The interpreter Institute is a40 - hour course designed to provide a sound basis for interpreters to work effectively in mental health settings as part of a professional team. It includes lectures, demonstrations, exercises, evaluation and discussion to develop knowledge, skills and resources to ensure that services are linguistically and culturally appropriate.

It will include introductions to:

* Medical and mental health systems and culture,
* Sources of communication breakdown associated with mental illness and treatment,
* Interpreters' roles, tools, and resources,
* Severe language dysfluency and Visual - Gestural Communication,
* Psychiatric emergencies,
* Support groups and Community Mental Health Services, and
* Demand-Control Theory applied to mental health interpreting

Full details and registration information is now available at:


What: 13th Biennial Deaf Seniors of America

Where: Asheville 2015 Conference

When: August 23 - 27, 2015

Theme: "Trip Down Memory Lane"

Go to the DSA 2015 Conference website for more information! 


2014 Iowa Rally Flyer - near Cedar Rapids and Iowa City!  Click on the link for further information!


Welcome Friends,

Every two years, the AG Bell Convention brings together a diverse community that is committed to listening and spoken language for children and adults who are deaf and hard of hearing. We invite you to join more than 1,200 families of children who are deaf and hard of hearing, adults who listen and talk and the professionals that support them.

With a theme of “Magic Made Real: Celebrating Our Heritage, Transforming Our Future,” the convention will demonstrate the commitment to children and adults who are deaf and hard of hearing, their families and the professionals that support them; it will also highlight the innovative and dynamic trends that are shaping the future for our community.

Planning is underway for an action-packed convention that features a dynamic lineup of educational sessions that will inform and inspire you and social gatherings that will help you build new connections. We hope that you will consider sharing your knowledge as a presenter during the upcoming conference, and we welcome your insight as a professional, parent, or adult with hearing loss.

This year’s convention will be held at the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida, which is ideally situated in the heart of Disney World and central to the surrounding theme parks and attractions. This award-winning resort features redesigned guest rooms, spectacular restaurants, five pools, and a white sand beach!

Come and experience the magic made real. The 2014 Convention will be here before you know it and I hope to see you there!

David Davis
AG Bell 2014 Convention Chair

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Please join us at the 2014 AHEAD Conference, being held in conjunction with the pepnet 2 Training Institute (PTI). We will take an in-depth look at strategies that disability services providers can use to increase opportunities to enhance access and engagement, while introducing diversified perspectives and directions at institutions of higher education regardless of office size or geographic location. Meet colleagues from around the globe to discuss the ever changing landscape of the field and effective measures to meet or exceed institutional expectations as well departmental and personal goals. In keeping with the “Access Always, in All Ways” Conference theme this year, attendees are encouraged to access information being presented at both Conferences, in all ways they can. We are asking that you take advantage of this outstanding opportunity while in a terrific location, the capital city of the great state of California.


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Our understanding of the science behind spoken language development has changed dramatically in the last decade. As a result of universal newborn hearing screening, advancements in hearing technologies and access to inclusive education, children with hearing loss and their families have unprecedented opportunities to develop listening and spoken language skills on par with their peers.

The 2015 AG Bell Listening and Spoken Language Symposium will explore recent developments in brain science that help determine how infants, toddlers and children learn to understand and express spoken language—and provide practical strategies to support children with hearing loss and their families.


  • Listening and Spoken Language Specialists (LSLS®)
  • Educators of the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Audiologists
  • Early intervention specialists
  • Special education professionals
  • Public and private school administrators
  • General education professionals
  • Social workers
  • Occupational and physical therapists
  • Public policy professionals concerned with early intervention and education of children who are deaf and hard of hearing


Participants will be able to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the Alexander Graham Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language, the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and the
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

LSLS certified professionals: the symposium will offer enough continuing education hours to fulfill recertification requirements.

Professionals interested in the LSLS certification: this is an invaluable chance to earn approved CEUs towards your LSLS application requirements. 

Registration Opens in January 2015

Hotel Reservations Now Available!
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
700 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Stroll around Baltimore’s world-famous Inner Harbor and come learn why Baltimore is known as Charm City. Baltimore delights with history, culture, diversity, baseball and great food.

Visit or call 800-228-9290 to join us and book your room at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. Mention “AG Bell” to get the symposium rate of $169 per night (taxes and other fees not included). Make plans and book your room reservation today! 


Registration Deadline - May 31!  Pre-registration open through May 31; after that, we welcome your registration on-site.

Be sure to check the website frequently for Convention news as well as on Facebook and Twitter (@HLAA, @nmacklin #HLAA2016).


Please see attached flyer or website for further information.


ASL-English interpreters will be provided throughout the conference. 

Day 1 (Saturday 11/7) will be offered for 0.35 ASHA CEUs. Day 2 (Sunday 11/8) will be offered for 0.40 ASHA CEUs.

Purchase orders are accepted if payment is received prior to 10/21/2020.

Regular registration ends 10/21/2020

Register here.