I am a school psychologist. I canNOT BELIEVE that an organization that purports to be FOR the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community can be so negative about the language options chosen by so many. Cannot believe the way AGBAD twists and uses words to misrepresent information, especially when young minds are at stake, and concerned and confused parents need honest input. Cannot believe the bigotry and prejudice that this organization expresses towards the very people it professes to serve. Sadly I CAN believe that it is governed, controlled, and run predominantly by hearing medically-related professionals...who obviously do not believe that their ...charges could possibly have any input of value. For AGBAD, Deaf people are pets to be "saved"...and a mean by which their professional practices can continue to garner monies.
I have quit this awful association, don't believe anything they are saying. Lie and only lie.
Review from Guidestar
I would give this organization negative stars if I could.
The message they spread to parents of Deaf* children are horrendous. They suppress sign language and focus entirely on speech. While being able to speak is not a problem- it's the fact they criticize sign language despite the countless research that shows how amazing sign language is. They even mock American Sign Language saying that it's a "method" and not a language, which it is!
The Deaf Community* has had it. We are tired of the oppressive, offensive things they do to hurt Deaf* people and the parents who deserve to do what they want to do... raise a happy and successful Deaf* child. And they can! Just not with AG Bell's hypocritical "advices."
Plus upon review of their financial information, their finances are NOT stable and their CEO are overpaid for the terrible work yet do. This is NOT an organization you want to donate or support. They perform cultural genocide by trying to oppress and eradicate Deaf Culture.
If you want to donate to a meaningful organization that truly contributes to Deaf* children or people, please look at National Association of the Deaf, American Society of Deaf Children, State Associations of the Deaf, Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Camp Mark 7, Deafhood Foundation, and so forth.
Review from Guidestar