About Us

MISSION

Advocating Independence through Listening and Talking

VISION

To help families, health care providers and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention.  Support advocacy, education, research and financial aid, to ensure that every child an adult with hearing loss has the opportunity to listen, talk and thrive in mainstream society.

HISTORY

1967 – Florida Oral was founded as a support group for families of deaf and hard of hearing children.  On September 13, 1967 the support group was incorporated as Florida Oral Education for the Hearing Impaired, Inc. a non-profit, tax-exempt organization.  It evolved to include deaf or hard of hearing adults, parents, educators, administrators, audiologists and other professionals.

1988 – Florida Oral was host to the A.G. Bell International Convention held in Orlando.  Members served on committees and helped with the activities and programs, during, before and after the convention.   More than 1,500 people attended and were from around the world.  The convention was a wonderful success and those attending were treated to a luau at Sea World and discounts at Disney World.

2000 – On September 23, 2000 the Board of Directors formally voted to change Florida Oral to A.G. Bell Florida.  This change was implemented March 16, 2001.

2010 – A.G. Bell International Convention held in Orlando.

2012 – LSLS Track established at the annual FLASHA Convention

2014 – A.G. Bell International Convention held in Orlando

2017 – Personalized A.G. Bell Florida logo is created

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