Dear Friends,

I am the President of the Rhode Island Chapter of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. I wanted to introduce myself and let you know how excited I am to take the lead for our Chapter and to guide us in reaching our goals of helping families to connect with each other, providing advocacy, information and support, and establishing the RI Chapter of AG Bell as a core resource for adults and children in RI with hearing loss who utilize listening and spoken language.

Get a lifetime membership to AG Bell for free! Benefits include:

  • Subscription to Volta Voices, the quarterly news magazine featuring information on hearing loss, education, advocacy initiatives, listening and spoken language, and family support
  • AGBELL e-news, a weekly emailed newsletter with the latest news and developments in hearing research, communication access, professional development, and advocacy efforts
  • Access to networking activities and resources, online and through the network of AG Bell’s 31 state chapters, where members can join in activities, exchange information, and provide much needed care and support
  • Updates on financial aid and scholarships, online Parent Advocacy Training program, and our Leadership Opportunities for Teens (LOFT) programs
  • Access to our listings, including Directory of Services and Directory of Listening and Spoken Language Specialists
  • Access to tools to expand knowledge of listening and spoken language, hearing loss, and the importance of early intervention.

To join, please visit and click on the Join Now! button.

For more information on the Rhode Island Chapter, please send us a message via Facebook, or contact

In the next few months we will be working on strengthening our Chapter and increasing our membership and outreach efforts. I would like to encourage all of you to get involved and officially join our Chapter! Joining AG Bell is free for family members of a child with hearing loss (information on how to join is in the box at right). Please consider joining and sharing this information with any other people or families you know that may benefit from membership. Let’s make sure that every adult and child with hearing loss is able to access the benefits and resources that are provided by AG Bell!

Please be sure to bookmark our website and to like our Facebook page at for regularly updated information on events and community outreach.

We have already begun working on activities and events for the next year. 2018 is going to be an exciting year, and we hope that you will join us!


Karen Oliver (Woodrup)
President, Rhode Island Chapter of AG Bell


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