Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Arts & Sciences Award Program | Hearing Aid News

About the Program

The Arts Sciences Award Program is available to students with hearing loss who are in grades one through twelve to participate in after-school, weekend or summer programs focused on developing skills in the arts or sciences. Programs may be offered through museums, nature centers, art or music centers, zoological parks, space and science camps, dance and theater studios, martial arts studios or any other program with a focus on the arts or sciences. Awards cannot be used for programs that offer academic credit, travel or study abroad, recreational summer camps, sports camps or sports, including figure skating or gymnastics.

This program is now open and accepting applications. Please see the ?Application and Deadline? section below for the application packet.

2013 Arts Sciences Award Program Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for this program, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • ?Bilateral hearing loss or Auditory Neuropathy (AN) must have been diagnosed prior to the child?s fourth birthday (pre-lingual). Note: children with unilateral (one-sided) hearing loss or unilateral AN do not qualify.
  • The child?s hearing loss must be in the moderate to profound range. This means that the child must have an unaided Pure-Tone Average (PTA) of 55 dB or greater in the better-hearing ear in the speech frequencies of 500, 1000 and 2000 Hz. Children with cochlear implants meet this eligibility requirement. NOTE: this may not apply for children who have been diagnosed with AN. For information on required documentation for AN, please see the ?documentation? section on the Application Submission Instructions page of the application packet.

    Formula for calculating the PTA: On the unaided audiogram, look at the results for the better hearing ear at 500, 1000 and 2000 Hz and add those three numbers together, then divide that total by three. The result is the Pure Tone Average. To be eligible for this award, the child?s PTA must be 55 dB or greater.

  • Listening and Spoken Language must be the child?s primary mode of communication.
  • The child must be at least six (6) years of age and not older than 19 years of age as of December 31, 2013 and be currently attending elementary or secondary school (grades 1 through 12).
  • The child must be enrolled in or registered for the science or art program selected.
  • The child (and primary contact) must reside in the United States, including territories, or in Canada.

Note: AG Bell membership is not required; however, the committee gives preference to AG Bell members.

Application and Deadline

Click here to download the application packet (PDF) .

The deadline for applications is April 22, 2013. All materials MUST ARRIVE together in one package at the address below by 5 p.m. local time on April 22, 2012. No supporting materials will be accepted separately from the application.
Application package should be mailed/delivered to:

Arts Sciences 2013 Award Program
c/o Wendy Will-PMB 178
1221 Flower Mound Road, Suite 320
Flower Mound, TX 75028

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