Welcome to the AG Bell Convention

Welcome to the AG Bell
JUNE 27, 2014
Convention Overview
 Education Program
 Children’s Program
 Networking and Socializing
 Research Symposium
 The AG Bell app
 Exhibit Hall and Knowledge Center
 Registration Desk and CEU Desk
Education Program
 No additional fee or registration is required
 48 concurrent sessions, 90 minutes in length
 Six learning tracks during most time slots
 Up to 24 instructional hours/CEUs are available
 Poster Session
 Tips on selecting sessions
 Participate. Learn. Ask questions.
Opening General Session
 Welcome
 AG Bell awards
 President’s address
 Keynote presentation
from Rosalind Wiseman
 Saturday, 8:00 a.m.
(Swan Ballroom)
Continuing Education Units
 Forms and information in the program book
 Questions? Visit the CEU desk near registration
 All sessions are approved by the AG Bell Academy,
 Certificates of Learning also available
 All completed forms must be submitted by 6:00 p.m.
on Sunday, June 29
Which Sessions Should I Attend?
 Panel sessions with families, teens or adults with hearing
loss are a great opportunity to hear from others who
“have been in your shoes.”
 Sessions to help children develop language, listening and
reading skills are appropriate for anyone
 Adults with hearing loss report great value in sessions
about communication technologies; advocacy strategies;
how to impact their communities; and effective
 The Learning Labs sessions are presented by our
manufacturing and program partners to describe their
products in services in more depth than within the
Exhibit Hall.
Children’s Program
 Check in/Check out ON TIME
 Only registered parents/guardians may pick-up
 Parents are not encouraged to “drop by”
 Please - No random pick-ups
(you may arrange for alternate
pick-up times when you check
in that a.m.)
 Don’t forget to take them back!!!
Networking and Socializing
 Membership/Knowledge Center in the exhibit hall
 Opening reception
 Dena Goldstein Mixer
 Social events
 Hospitality Room
 Meals
 Hallway conversations-They have buttons!
 Poolside
 Exploring Orlando
More Socializing
 Look for people wearing buttons that identify who they are
and their willingness to answer questions (for example: “I’m a
Parent”) Get your own buttons at registration so you can make
it known that you want to Meet, Greet and Share!
 Visit the Hospitality Room across from the registration desk –
make arrangements to meet new and old friends or colleagues
in a quiet setting.
 Organize your own meet-up on #AGBell2014
 Don’t miss the Opening Reception when the Exhibit
Hall opens on Friday evening, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. – all
registrants and your children are welcome!*
* Other scheduled social events require a ticket or RSVP. See
your program book or app for descriptions.
Social Events
Bring the Kids (family friendly)
Not for the kids
Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall
(Friday night)
Happy Hour (Saturday evening)
Breakfast With Friends (Sunday
Dena Goldstein Mixer (Friday afternoon
- for teens and adults)
LOFT Reunion Lunch (Saturday
Club Volta (Saturday night)
QR codes! Apps! Tweeting!
 Download the AG Bell event app!
 Push notifications to keep you informed
 Session information, schedules, maps, news, resources
 Session handouts-available online and via the app
 Push notifications through the app will keep you up-
to-date with convention happenings.
 Follow us on Twitter #AGBell2014
 Please complete your session evaluations via the app.
 Coffee is served Sat. and Sun. mornings.
 Lunch on your own –various hotel restaurants.
Research Symposium
 Sunday morning, 8 – 11:30
 Cutting edge research by leaders in the field of
auditory brain development, including topics related
to music appreciation and language development for
individuals who use hearing aids and/or cochlear
 Designed for the “non-scientist”
 Unique opportunity to hear world-renowned
 Modified number of learning tracks offered as
Exhibit Hall
 Over 70 Exhibitors from technology, educational
centers, learning materials, etc.
AG Bell membership center
LSL Knowledge Center
Poster Session
Scheduling your day
(please turn to the grid in the center of your program book)
 Write yourself notes on the grid, or make your own
schedule in the app
 Pace yourself – work in teams if possible.
 Ask for help from AG Bell staff
and Convention Patrons.
 Always wear your badge
(don’t lose precious time replacing
it at the registration desk!)
 Remember – you can’t do it all!
Some closing items
 You must wear your badge to gain admittance to
ANY convention event.
AG Bell staff members are here to help – please ask
Don’t forget to complete your session evaluations
through the app.
Please – no filming or photography in any sessions.
Save the Date: 2016 Convention in Denver, CO.
(June 30 – July 3)