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By Melody Bertrand

Every year on March 3, we participate in World Hearing Day, an event that raises awareness about hearing loss with a call to action to make ear and hearing care a reality for everyone across the world.

While this is an initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO), which AG Bell is pleased to be a part of, the annual event also falls on Alexander Graham Bell’s birthday. This is no coincidence as his work and legacy have been to improve hearing care as well as create advancements in hearing technology.

Recently, AG Bell has been working more actively with the WHO to spread awareness of the association’s mission and create partnerships that open more ways to help children all over the world. Notably, Emilio Alonso-Mendoza and Gayla H. Guignard were excited to represent AG Bell during the recent World Hearing Forum Stakeholders’ Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

“The world has changed for children who are deaf and hard of hearing,” said Alonso-Mendoza. “We were pleased to share how AG Bell is supporting these children as they learn to listen and talk, as well as make valuable connections to create new partnerships and improve access to hearing technology and therapies in countries around the world.”

Yet none of this outreach is possible without the passion and skill of professionals trained to work with these children to help them develop listening and spoken language skills.

As you flip through this special World Hearing Day issue, you will notice every article references the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language. While it is important to raise awareness about providing appropriate care to children who are deaf and hard of hearing, it is also critical to provide appropriate training to the professionals who work with them.

The Academy was established in 2005 and envisions a future where individuals and families will have qualified listening and spoken language professionals available in their immediate geographic area. The Academy is uniquely positioned to advance the revolutionary global opportunity for deaf or hard of hearing individuals to listen and talk via proven technologies and with guidance and education from certified professionals.

So, when you hear about someone pursuing certification as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS), know that this person is going above and beyond their professional training to ensure they have the right skills to help children learn to listen and talk.

To date, 1,121 professionals in 37 countries hold certification as a LSLS, and they have helped countless children thrive in their lives and within their own countries, speaking their native languages.

Thank you for reading! We hope you enjoy the passion and commitment these organizations and individuals hold for children all over the world.

Melody Bertrand is a freelance communications consultant in Alberta, Canada. She has worked with AG Bell since 2008 in a variety of roles. She is currently editor of Volta Voices and manages the association’s professional content portfolio, providing those who work with children who are deaf and hard of hearing with tools they can use in their practice.


¡Conseguir que la asistencia auditiva sea una realidad para todos!

Todos los años, el 3 de marzo, participamos en el Día Mundial de la Audición, un evento para concienciar sobre la pérdida auditiva con un llamamiento a la acción para que la asistencia auditiva sea una realidad para todas las personas del mundo.

Si bien se trata de una iniciativa de la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS), de la que AG Bell se complace en formar parte, el evento anual también coincide con el aniversario del nacimiento de Alexander Graham Bell. No es casualidad, ya que su trabajo y su legado se basan en la mejora de la asistencia auditiva y la creación de avances en la tecnología auditiva.

Recientemente, AG Bell ha colaborado más activamente con la OMS para dar a conocer la misión de la asociación y crear asociaciones que abran más vías para ayudar a los niños de todo el mundo. En concreto, Emilio Alonso-Mendoza y Gayla H. Guignard representaron a AG Bell en la reciente Reunión de Partes Interesadas del Foro Mundial de la Audición, celebrado en Ginebra (Suiza).

«El mundo ha cambiado para los niños con sordera e hipoacusia», afirmó el Sr. Alonso-Mendoza. «Nos complace comunicar la manera en que AG Bell apoya a estos niños mientras aprenden a escuchar y hablar, además de establecer valiosas conexiones para crear nuevas asociaciones y mejorar el acceso a la tecnología y a las terapias auditivas en países de todo el mundo».

Sin embargo, nada de esto es posible sin el entusiasmo y la habilidad de profesionales formados para trabajar con estos niños y ayudarles a desarrollar la capacidad de escuchar y hablar.

Al hojear este número especial del Día Mundial de la Audición, observará que todos los artículos hacen referencia a la AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language. Si bien es importante concienciar sobre la necesidad de prestar una atención adecuada a los niños con sordera o hipoacusia, también es fundamental proporcionar una formación adecuada a los profesionales que trabajan con ellos.

La Academia se creó en 2005 con una visión de futuro en el que las personas y las familias dispongan de profesionales cualificados en escucha y lenguaje hablado en su área geográfica inmediata. La Academia se encuentra en una posición única para impulsar la revolucionaria oportunidad mundial de que las personas con sordera o hipoacusia escuchen y hablen a través de tecnologías probadas, y con la orientación y la formación de profesionales certificados.

Por este motivo, cuando escuche que una persona se encuentra en proceso de obtener la certificación como Especialista en Escucha y Lenguaje Hablado (LSLS), debe saber que esta persona está mejorando su formación profesional para asegurarse de que posee las habilidades adecuadas para ayudar a los niños a aprender a escuchar y a hablar.

Hasta la fecha, hay 1121 profesionales en 37 países que poseen la certificación como LSLS y han ayudado a innumerables niños a prosperar en la vida y en su propio país, hablando su lengua materna.

¡Gracias por leer este número! Esperamos que disfrute del entusiasmo y el compromiso que estas organizaciones y personas tienen con los niños de todo el mundo.

Melody Bertrand es consultora de comunicación independiente en Alberta (Canadá). Trabaja con AG Bell desde 2008 desempeñando diversas funciones. Actualmente es editora de Voces de Volta y gestiona la cartera de contenidos profesionales de la asociación, proporcionando a las personas que trabajan con niños con sordera e hipoacusia herramientas que pueden utilizar en su práctica.

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