The AG Bell Academy for
Listening and Spoken Language

The AG Bell Academy exists to ensure that children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families have access to listening and spoken language services from knowledgeable, skilled, credentialed providers. The Academy works to make this a reality for families through its mission, to advance listening and talking through standards of excellence and certification of professionals.

Since 2005, the AG Bell Academy has worked to increase the number of certified auditory-verbal practitioners (denoted as LSLS Cert. AVT and LSLS Cert. AVEd) so that children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families will have access to qualified professionals in their immediate geographic area. The AG Bell Academy is an independently governed, subsidiary corporation of The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing headquartered in Washington D.C.

Certification
Earn designation as a certified LSL Specialist through the AG Bell Academy’s high stakes certification exam.

Mentoring
Guide the next generation of LSL Specialists through mentorship.

Continuing Education
Find opportunities to earn continuing education units towards certification or recertification.

Recertification
Review all the necessary information for certification renewal

Academy News and Announcements

Apply Now! Doreen Pollack AVT and AG Bell AVEd Scholarships

The 2021 Doreen Pollack AVT scholarship assists on LSLS professional per year in fulfilling the requirements for certification as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist in Auditory-Verbal Therapy (LSLS Cert. AVT). This scholarship is available to LSLS professionals who are nearing their final year of mentoring to qualify for certification by the AG Bell Academy.
Learn more and apply.

The 2021 AG Bell AVEd Scholarship supports one LSLS professional per year in fulfilling the requirements for certification as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist in Auditory-Verbal Education (LSLS Cert. AVEd). This scholarship is available to LSLS professionals who are nearing their final year of mentoring to qualify for certification by the AG Bell Academy. Learn more and apply.

Applications are due April 30, 2021.

Change to F-1 Form—Mentor’s Observation Form

The F-1 form has been revised to include one addition to the rating key. The updated version of the F-1 (found here) now includes five (5) options for evaluation of each skill or behavior listed on the form. Each option includes a short explanation within parentheses. The addition to the key of a rating of “Progressing” was made based on feedback from mentors who have indicated a need for a rating between “Emerging” and “Mastered.” Mentors who are currently working with professionals seeking certification do not need to replace F-1 forms that have already been completed; however, the new form should be used going forward. Questions can be sent to academy@agbell.org.

Updated Continuing Education Provider Application Now Available

The Academy is pleased to offer an updated Continuing Education (CE) Provider Application. Updates include that CE Providers must submit a list of confirmed participants to the AG Bell Academy within 30 days of the program’s completion. The participant roster should be submitted in a Microsoft Excel format.
Click here to view the new application.

2021 LSL Examination Schedule

  • First Testing Quarter application deadline: 1/11/2021
  • Second Testing Quarter application deadline: 3/31/2021
  • Third Testing Quarter application deadline: 6/30/2021
  • Fourth Testing Quarter application deadline: 9/30/2021