About Us

About AG Bell

The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) is the world’s oldest and largest membership organization promoting the use of spoken language by children and adults with hearing loss. Members include parents of children with hearing loss, adults who are deaf or hard of hearing, educators, audiologists, speech-language pathologists, physicians, and other professionals in fields related to hearing loss and deafness.

Our Chapter

Established in 1996, the New Jersey Chapter of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NJ-AGB) is a volunteer-led organization that offers more localized support. We provide opportunities to help all our members use listening and spoken language to succeed in meeting the daily challenges of living with hearing loss.


AG Bell Adopts New Strategic Plan

Our Mission

Working globally to ensure that people who are deaf and hard of hearing can hear and talk.

We want all families to be informed and supported, professionals to be appropriately qualified to teach and help children with hearing loss, public policy leaders to effectively address the needs of people with hearing loss, and communities to be empowered to help their neighbors with hearing loss succeed.

Think about a world where…

  • Infants and young children who are deaf and hard of hearing receive timely diagnosis, access to appropriate technology and qualified services.
  • Families raising children who are deaf and hard of hearing receive all of the information, education and support needed to make confident, well-informed decisions throughout their child’s educational and life transitions.
  • Teens with hearing loss receive peer support and learn to be self-advocates as they transition to adulthood.
  • Adults who are deaf and hard of hearing conduct professional and personal lives free of barriers and discrimination.
  • The professionals supporting these adults and families are knowledgeable and effective and the Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS®) certification is the standard of care for all services provided.
  • The public understands that people with hearing loss can listen and talk.


Our Core Values

The Board of Directors also has identified a set of timeless guiding principles that characterize the association and form the foundation on which staff and members carry out their work. The following core values represent the AG Bell Association:

  • Empowering and Respectful.
  • Forward-Thinking and Innovative.
  • Inclusive and Supportive.
  • Dependable and Knowledgeable.

Serving Our Community

To chart the course toward our envisioned future, the AG Bell board of directors has adopted the following key goals for serving members and the public and will undertake a number of major initiatives over the next several years to achieve these goals. The following are key audiences and priorities:

  • Families and Children
  • Adults Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Professionals
  • The Public


The strategic plan will continue to evolve to reflect the priorities of the association over time. AG Bell member input is a valued part of this process and your comments and feedback are welcomed.


Board of Directors for the New Jersey Chapter of Alexander Graham Bell Association