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Alexander Graham Bell said he would rather be remembered as a teacher of the deaf than as the inventor of the telephone.

Bell's mother was deaf, and he communicated with her by speaking in low tones close to her forehead. When he was young, he surmised that she would pick up the vibrations and understand what he said. This experience helped him to develop theories that aided in the development of the phone.

The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is the world's oldest and largest membership organization promoting the use of spoken language by children and adults with hearing losses.

We're not the only AbleComm. The AbleComm Project is a middle-Atlantic regional information and technical assistance program formed to improve telecommunications for persons with disabilities.