Wooster’s Donald Goldberg Begins Presidency of Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Professor of communication to serve two-year term with the association
WOOSTER, Ohio — Donald Goldberg, professor of communication at The College of Wooster and a consultant for the Hearing Implant Program at the Cleveland Clinic, has begun a two-year term as president of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell). The nonprofit organization, based in Washington, D.C., is dedicated to helping families, health-care providers, and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention.
“This is a wonderful honor, not just personally, but professionally,” said Goldberg. “This organization has been with me my entire career. Now everything has come back around. I have a heady task ahead.”
Alexander T. Graham, executive director of AG Bell, praised the appointment of Goldberg. "Donald Goldberg has dedicated his career to family-centered intervention for children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families,” said Graham. “He brings a wealth of experience and compassion to the leadership of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. On behalf of our members, the board of directors, and our professional staff, we are looking forward to his continued service to the association."
As president, Goldberg will concentrate his efforts on two key aspects of the organization’s strategic plan: (1) expanding its Listening and Spoken Language Knowledge Center, a comprehensive online resource to guide families on their journey of raising a child with hearing loss, and (2) increasing the number of Listening and Spoken Language Specialists (LSLS) from 600-plus to 1,000 during his term as president so families can have access to qualified providers. “Our goal for the website is to be a one-stop resource for those who have been affected by deafness,” he said. “We also want to make sure that people can find competent, qualified professionals with the appropriate clinical and academic credentials.”
Goldberg, who earned his BA (in biology) from Lafayette College, and his MA (in speech-language pathology) and Ph.D. (in the area of audiologic rehabilitation) from the University of Florida, has a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist certificate as an Auditory-Verbal Therapist (AVT). His interest in speech and hearing was sparked during his undergraduate years when he volunteered at the Helen Beebe Speech and Hearing Center in Easton, Pa.
Throughout his career, Goldberg has held leadership roles in Auditory-Verbal International and the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology. He has also served as past president of the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language and as AG Bell representative to the Council on the Education of the Deaf. He has lectured and made presentations worldwide, but he is most proud of his role as a mentor, particularly to his students at Wooster.
“Mentoring students who have entered the field has been incredibly gratifying,” he said. “I’m looking forward to seeing and working with them at professional conferences in the coming years.”