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.

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

Guide the next generation of LSL Specialists through mentorship.

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

Review all the necessary information for certification renewal

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Academy News and Announcements

LSLS Scholarships Help Achieve Certification Requirements

The AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language is pleased to offer two scholarship opportunities for professionals seeking certification as a Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) Specialist. The Doreen Pollack LSLS Cert. AVT Scholarship and the LSLS Cert. AVEd Scholarship each assist one professional per year in fulfilling the requirements for certification as a LSL Specialist.

The scholarship will financially support the recipient’s qualification and examination through the AG Bell Academy and enable the recipient to fulfill requirements such as mentoring and continuing education credits. This scholarship is available to LSL professionals who are nearing their final year of mentoring to qualify for certification by the AG Bell Academy. Applications are due April 30.

Doreen Pollack LSLS Cert. AVT Scholarship Application
LSLS Cert. AVEd Scholarship Application

2020 LSL Examination Schedule

  • 1st Testing Quarter – January – March: Application deadline (10/28/2019)
  • 2nd Testing Quarter – April – June: Application deadline (2/24/2020)
  • 3rd Testing Quarter – July – September: Application deadline (4/27/2020)
  • 4th Testing Quarter – October – December: Application deadline (8/24/2020)


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