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AG Bell Receives Grant

Washington, D.C. – June 16, 2014 – The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) received a $75,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE: UPS). The grant was presented by Laura Johns,UPS Diversity Grant grants manager with The UPS Foundation, to Emilio Alonso-Mendoza, J.D., CFRE, AG Bell chief executive officer. The grant is part The UPS Foundation's Diversity Awards program of organizations that support economic empowerment, education, inclusion and mentorship initiatives, including those that represent individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing.

AG Bell will use the award to improve and expand the Listening and Spoken Language Knowledge Center (ListeningandSpokenLanguage.org). Launched in May 2012, the Knowledge Center is the "go-to" online resource for parents, professionals and adults with hearing loss who are committed to a listening and spoken language outcome.

"AG Bell is grateful for this award in support of the Listening and Spoken Language Knowledge Center which serves as a worldwide resource for parents and children with hearing loss and the professionals that support them," said Emilio Alonso-Mendoza. "These funds will enable AG Bell to continue to provide comprehensive information about listening and spoken language as an outcome for children who are deaf and hard of hearing and expand our Knowledge Center Spanish-language website section to provide greater outreach for families in underserved communities."

Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. "The UPS Foundation is honored to support AG Bell's efforts to advance listening and spoken language for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing," said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. "Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community."

In 2012, The UPS Foundation distributed more than $97.5 million worldwide through grants that benefit organizations or programs such as AG Bell and provide support for building stronger communities.

About the AG Bell Association

The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) helps families, health care providers and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Through advocacy, education and financial aid, AG Bell helps to ensure that every child and adult with hearing loss has the opportunity to listen, talk and thrive. With chapters located in the United States and a network of international affiliates, AG Bell supports its mission: Advancing Listening and Spoken Language for Individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Visit ListeningandSpokenLanguage.org.