Welcome to the AG Bell Convention THE SWAN AND DOLPHIN RESORT ORLANDO, FL 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, AAA and ASHA 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 communication. 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 morning) Dena Goldstein Mixer (Friday afternoon - for teens and adults) LOFT Reunion Lunch (Saturday afternoon) 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. Meals 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 implants. Designed for the “non-scientist” Unique opportunity to hear world-renowned researchers Modified number of learning tracks offered as alternatives Exhibit Hall Over 70 Exhibitors from technology, educational centers, learning materials, etc. AG Bell membership center LSL Knowledge Center Poster Session Raffle 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 us! 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) HAVE FUN!