AG Bell’s Circle Alliance Goes Poof

AG Bell’s Circle Alliance Founding Partners Goes Poof from their Website

AG Bell Association has had two major cochlear implant companies as their Circle Allinace Founding Partners – Advanced Bionics and Cochlear Americas – both have been in hot water and fined for faulty productions and/or wrong doings.

Advanced Bionic:

Cochlear Americas –

The Circle Alliance Founding Partnership included both companies giving AG Bell THOUSANDS of dollars annually for the past several years.  In exchange for what – is unclear.

Advance Bionics used to have a top Banner on the AG Bell website but that went missing after March of 2010 and the Circle Alliance Founding Partnership with Advance Bionics and Cochlear Americas logos was up on the AG Bell Association website but just recently got pulled.



Nada there or here


Odd how we havent seen any AG Bell press release or update alert about these Circle Alliance Founding Partners being given the boot or going AWOL.

Curiouser and Curioser

Advanced Bionics and Cochlear Americas were also big sponsors for the AG Bell conference. (totaling more than $40,000)

Not sure who will be their big sponsors for the upcoming July conference in D.C.

Just FYI



8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dianrez
    Feb 08, 2011 @ 23:30:57

    Somebody is getting embarrassed and that’s why the changes are being made in banners.

    It doesn’t look well for a nonoprofit service agency to become too identified with a closely related for-profit business…otherwise it may appear a relationship exists with implications of kickbacks, profit sharing and financial incentives.

    Wiser for AGBell to disavow and completely sever all public identification with industries to avoid seeming like a profit-making agency itself. Will AGBell do that?

    If that were to happen, possibly we would see less fervent advertising of the promised benefits of enhanced hearing and stringently trained speech. Why? Advertising is expensive and so is lobbying.

    If, say, glossy educational and ASL-based materials manufacturers had an equally profitable relationship with NAD and schools for the deaf, we might see some equalization here.

    Since these materials depend on the schools to be exclusive consumers, the manufacturers would subsidize costs of advertising and lobbying to insure their own survival. After all, if legislators closed schools for the deaf, it would cause the demise of the publishers, right?

    Taking a hard look at AGBell and its relationships would yield information on how they influence people and government to enhance their survival.

  2. deafa
    Feb 08, 2011 @ 23:42:05 <——UPS decided to donate 7 millions to diversity programs and one of the program is AGBell. I guess thats who funding them now ( they probably sent a bunch of letters asking for donation. I read one of it to Pepsi when they were protesting AND asking for donation.)

  3. Recovered Oralist
    Feb 09, 2011 @ 00:11:17

    AG Bell and his cronies have been telling lies since 1876.

    AG Bell and his cronies perpetuated oralism filled with lies since 1880.

    What more do we need?

    It is time to put AG Bell out of business!

  4. DE
    Feb 09, 2011 @ 03:03:06

    Thanks, Patti, for alerting us! I didn’t know about this… and I have re-tweeted your tweet. This is IMPORTANT– AG Bell has been depending on Circle Alliance for “raising awareness” (Yeah, right… neat PR spin here)… way I understand this, CI corps needed AG Bell to lobby, connect them to parents, etc.- while the corps shower money on a lil “non-profit” (AG Bell).

    Dianrez- newsflash: AG Bell ain’t exactly a non-profit. Look up their Volta stocks. You’ll be stunned.

  5. deafa
    Feb 09, 2011 @ 17:45:22

    I am not sure CI need AGbell to connect to parents. They use doctors and other professionals but they probably need AGbell and/ or John Tracy Clinic to make their CI successful as without it, children probably won’t get far in spoken and listening.

  6. Sheri A Farinha
    Feb 09, 2011 @ 20:37:56

    Interesting, thanks Patti! Will share with others!

  7. handeyes
    Feb 12, 2011 @ 22:14:40

    heye all

    thanks for ur comments

    just made another discovery today that the AVT guideline #3 has removed the language of no sign language or lipreading – hmmmm


    re: UPS award of $75,000 – Ridor vlogged about this the other day:

    u can click the text box for a summary and contact info for the person at UPS.

    re: Spin – yep!

    deafa – its my impression that CI + AVT go hand and hand and if they dont then folks say the CIs might not be “successful” of course they also say –
    well, not young enuf when got it
    not the latest and the greatest (and did you hear about the new one coming out)
    well, parents didnt work hard enuf with them
    well, they let them sign
    well, they gestured sometimes
    well, they had some other “condition” (i believe in the field – they refer to the “pure” deaf as Vanilla deaf. wow, i dont even like typing that out it sounds so Aryan)

    so yep – all the kings horse and all the kings men required to put ’em back together again and still often no luck for the ultimate aim of making them undeaflike

    some r assimilated but they still be Deaf

    what ya gonna do do?

    twist and spin

    Well, work it on out, honey. (work it on out)
    You know you hear so good. (oh u need me to repeat it cuz u didnt h/ear it ok – u hear so good)

    You know you got me goin, now, (got me goin)
    Just like I knew you would. (like I knew you would, oooh!)

    Well, talk it up, AGBell baby, now, (talk it up, baby)
    Twist and shout. (twist and shout)
    Cmon, cmon, cmon, cmon, AGBell baby, now, (come on AGBell baby)
    Come on and work it all out. (work it all out, oooh!)
    ~ adapted from the Beatles – hope they dont mind

  8. deafa
    Feb 13, 2011 @ 02:05:50

    I AGREE! They might as well blindfold the child if they keep it up blaming their eyes for lack of success of CI.

    When i read about ups “diversity” programs , my first question was, what’s so diverse about AGbell? I am not even sure what they mean by “diversity” programs in their foundation. Not yet anyway. I have to read what is the foundation philosophy first

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