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The 2020 AG Bell Listening and Spoken Language Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland is a place to learn, network and connect with colleagues from all over the world. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the latest research and innovative practices related to listening and spoken language while networking with other professionals during this highly informative conference.

July 9-11, 2020

Dates to Know

July 9-11, 2020

AG Bell Global Listening and Spoken Language Symposium

September 18, 2019

Call for Proposals Opens

November 2019

Registration Opens

Request for Proposals Now Open

AG Bell is now accepting English and Spanish proposals for Pre-Symposium Mini Workshops, concurrent sessions and poster presentations. All proposals must be submitted online:


Important Proposal Submission Deadlines:

Pre-Symposium Mini Workshop submission deadline: October 18, 2019
Mini Workshop Proposal notification: November 6, 2019
Pre-Symposium Mini Workshops will be two hours long.

Concurrent Session submission deadline: November 20, 2019
Concurrent Sessions Proposal notification: January 29, 2020
Concurrent Sessions will be 30 or 60 minutes in length

Poster Session Proposal deadline: February 19, 2020
Poster Session notifications will occur on a rolling, monthly basis until March 11, 2020.

Baltimore, Maryland


Baltimore cuisine is just as quirky as the city itself. It’s brimming with plant-based cafés, gastro pubs, pastry shops, and public food markets that will satisfy any dietary need. And if you love seafood, you’re in luck! Baltimore is known for imaginative shellfish dishes like Crab Pizza, Crab Tacos, Crab Eggs Benedict, and – if you make it to an Orioles game – Crab Mac n’ Cheese Dogs.



Overflowing with history and unspoiled charm, each quiet corner of Baltimore has a riveting story to tell. It’s the birthplace of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’, home to the USS Constellation, and the city that brought us all Old Bay Seasoning. While you’re in town for 2020 Global LSL Symposium, make time to take in the local sights of ‘Charm City.’


Hotel Information

Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
700 Aliceanna Street | Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 385-3000

AG Bell Special Room Block information coming soon!

Symposium Education Co-Chairs

Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT | The Alfano Center, Miami, Fla.

Dr. Alfano is a bilingual speech-language pathologist and assistant professor in the CSD Department at Florida International University. She provides auditory-verbal therapy (AVT) to families who have children with hearing loss in English and Spanish at The Alfano Center in Miami. Her research foci include culture and communication in Hispanic families who have children with hearing loss and communication development of bilingual children with hearing loss. She teaches courses in Differential Diagnosis of Communication Disorders, Bilingual Language Development, and Aural Rehabilitation. She presents internationally in Spanish and English to train aspiring AVTs on the implementation of AVT in areas with limited resources, mentors AVT mentees internationally, and coaches teachers in auditory-oral classrooms on their use of AVT strategies.

Ph.D., CCC-SLP | University of Colorado, Boulder

Dr. Stredler-Brown provides consultation and technical assistance to programs working with infants, toddlers, and young children who are deaf or hard of hearing in the United States and internationally. She has graduate degrees in speech-language pathology, education of the deaf and hard of hearing, and a doctoral degree in special education. Her clinical work focuses on the development of an individualized treatment program to enhance listening, speech, and/or language (including sign language) for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing of any age. Of particular interest are clients who are deaf or hard of hearing who have an additional disability. Dr. Stredler-Brown’s research currently focuses on telepractice; she is the co-investigator for a Phase II Clinical Trial funded by the National Institutes of Health to study services delivered to young children who are deaf via telepractice. She currently works as a professional research assistant at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and as an adjunct faculty member of the University of British Columbia.

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