Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
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Headquarters in Washington, DC
Founded1890
FounderAlexander Graham Bell
FocusDeaf issues, promote equal accessibility
HeadquartersWashington, D.C.
Location
Area served
United States
MethodResources and advocacy
Key people
  • Susan Lenihan, Ph.D., Chair
  • Emilio Alonso-Mendoza, CEO
Employees
8
Websitewww.agbell.org

The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, also known as AG Bell, is an organisation that aims to assist people who are deaf and hard of hearing. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with chapters located throughout the United States and a network of international affiliates.

History

The Association was originally created as the American Association to Promote the Teaching of Speech to the Deaf (AAPTSD). In 1908 it merged with Alexander Graham Bell's Volta Bureau (founded in 1887 "for the increase and diffusion of knowledge relating to the deaf"), and was renamed as the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf in 1956 at the suggestion of Mrs. Frances Toms, the mother of a deaf son who was able to achieve high academic standings in regular non-deaf schools with the organization's help.[1] In 1999 the Association was finally renamed to the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.[2]

Controversy

The foundation has been criticised for misleading and inaccurate claims made in relation to the use of American Sign Language among the Deaf community after Nyle DiMarco was announced as the winner of season 22 of America's Next Top Model. The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, the National Association of the Deaf, the National Black Deaf Advocates and academics accused the foundation of inaccuracy, bias, pseudoscience, xenophobia and eugenics.[3][4][5][6]

References

  1. ^ "Bell Ceremony: Give Glimpses of Life Of Telephone Inventor; "Always Loved Canada" ", Brantford Expositor, 14 September 1953, pp. 13, 19.
  2. ^ "AGBell". Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Retrieved April 3, 2010.
  3. ^ "News Impacting the RID Community: Nyle DiMarco & AG Bell Association". Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. April 5, 2016. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  4. ^ "Nyle DiMarco and Language for Your Child". National Association of the Deaf. April 3, 2016. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  5. ^ "NBDA Letter to AG Bell President Meredith Sugar, Esq". National Black Deaf Advocates. April 3, 2016. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  6. ^ Peter C Hauser (April 2, 2016). "Nyle is not the one spreading myths". Retrieved October 6, 2018 – via Facebook.

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