The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell), Washington, reports that Lee Woodruff, bestselling author and contributing editor for ABC’s Good Morning America, will be the keynote speaker for the AG Bell 2010 biennial convention planned from June 25 to 28 in Orlando, Fla.

The convention will take place at the new, state-of-the-art Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, and marks the 49th such convention in the nonprofit association’s history.

Lee Woodruff is a coauthor of the best-selling book, In an Instant, an account of her family’s journey to recovery after her husband, ABC news anchor Bob Woodruff, suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq. The Woodruffs are parents to four children, including Nora, who has severe hearing loss, and listens and talks.

Woodruff, who recently released her second book, Perfectly Imperfect – A Life in Progress, has written many personal articles about her family and parenting that have run in publications such as Health, Redbook, Country Living, Parade, and Family Fun.

“Mrs Woodruff’s experiences as a mother of a child with hearing loss enable her to relate with all our members whether they are parents, adults who are deaf or hard of hearing, or professionals supporting those with hearing loss and their families,” said AG Bell President John R. “Jay” Wyant, himself born profoundly deaf, in a statement from AG Bell. “Her experiences overcoming the challenges related to her husband’s critical injury add impact to her message. Lee Woodruff has a remarkable gift to take the challenges of her life and share her experiences with others in a thoughtful and humorous way to remind us that we are each unique and persevere no matter what the circumstance.”

Woodruff is scheduled to speak at the convention’s opening general session on June 26, and will follow with a book-signing session in the convention’s exhibition hall.

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[Source: AG Bell]