Dear Colleagues and Friends,

As you can imagine, over the past two months while we have all been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, AG Bell has been exploring how to bring to you the wealth of knowledge and information that is usually shared through the AG Bell Global LSL Symposium. With support from our board, symposium co-chairs and sponsors, AG Bell determined that the safest option to bring great educational content to you is through the AG Bell Global Virtual LSL Symposium.

As we celebrate Listening and Spoken Language in 2020, we would like to invite you to attend the Global Virtual Listening and Spoken Language Symposium online. Every day, AG Bell and AG Bell International enthusiastically pursue our mission of “working globally to ensure that people who are deaf and hard of hearing can hear and talk.” While the world may look different right now, our mission remains the same.

The Global Virtual Listening and Spoken Language Symposium will still be a place to learn, network, and connect with a community of professionals who serve those who are deaf and hard of hearing. Through social happy hours and interactive sessions, you will virtually meet new and old friends and colleagues from around the world. We encourage you to seek out the many opportunities to continue those connections over time by engaging with AG Bell chapters in the United States and with AG Bell International, and by volunteering with us. Your involvement gives a greater voice to the needs of children and adults with hearing loss, and we hope you will carry forward the information you receive from the virtual symposium and share with others.

One special feature of the Virtual Symposium is that when you register as a Professional you can continue to view concurrent sessions for three weeks following the live conference. Join us July 9-10 for the live show and view other sessions later as your time allows. If you cannot attend the live conference, you can still view the recorded sessions when you register as a Professional.

Throughout the Virtual Symposium, you will find many new resources like the Technology Forum, Tech Q&A sessions where you can ask direct questions of hearing device manufacturers, live keynote presentations with the latest research in our field, and happy hour sessions focused on particular topics of interest or shared experiences to help you in your practice. We look forward to “seeing” many of our friends and colleagues – new and old – from around the world.

Feel free to connect with us throughout this year’s symposium. We want to hear your thoughts and experiences, and we hope you enjoy the wonderful program being offered through the AG Bell Global Virtual LSL Symposium!

Emilio Alonso-Mendoza
Chief Executive Officer
AG Bell and AG Bell International
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