Check out the latest edition of The Hearing Loss Californian!

The quarterly newsletter of HLAA-CA, the Hearing Loss Association of America, California State Association, is edited by our very own Grace Tiessen. Inside this edition, you’ll find articles from HLAA-LA chapter members Mitzi Shpak (page 2), and Liz Lesan (page 8), who shares her experiences as a first-time attendee at the HLAA National Convention last June. There’s also a lovely, well-deserved tribute to Nanci Linke-Ellis, who is retiring from her position as HLAA-CA SoCal Chapter Coordinator.

To view read the newsletter, click on the image below:

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Self Identifying Seat Belt Covers!

Cochlear Seat BeltDuring our chapter meeting, Nancy Gray brought an interesting item and idea to share. It is something you can put on your seat-belt that would identify you as deaf, hard-of-hearing, a cochlear implant user, etc…you can customize the text to say whatever you’d like it. Nancy also included her “In Case of Emergency” as an example of what further you can do to customize.

She bought it from the Cochlear Apparel store on Etsy.com (no affiliation to Cochlear Americas). Here’s the link: Cochlear Apparel Store.

Thanks for sharing, Nancy!

Tim’s 2016 HLAA National Convention Experience – Perseverance and Career Success

HLAA National Convention 2016(From Tim Browning – HLAA-LA Steering Committee member)

This was my first time at the HLAA National Convention held in Washington D.C. and what an experience it was! This was the first convention I’ve attended that didn’t include worries and concerns about what information am I going to miss, can I communicate with others effectively, and will the effort just to hear wear me down over time! With everyone at the convention sharing the same struggles and experiences I’ve had, it was an empowering experience but took time to realize.

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How to Closed Captions Your Facebook Videos!

3 Play MediaInteresting announcement came out recently, shared by our own Ken Clusky, on how to add your own closed captioning to Facebook videos. Link is below the will take you to the how-to guide to do this!

5 Reasons Why You Should Caption Your Facebook Videos
  1. Videos get more impressions on the newsfeed than any other type of post.
  2. Facebook videos auto-play on mute, so captions are needed to let the viewer follow along.
  3. Captions make your video accessible to all users, from a deaf viewer to someone on a noisy train or a quiet library.
  4. Subtitles in other languages make your video accessible to international viewers.
  5. Closed captions are proven to increase engagement and watch-time.

Here is the link to the how-to guide.

Captioning Your Facebook Videos

LAX Accessibility Meeting, Saturday, July 23, 12:30 pm

We have a special second meeting planned, starting at 12:30 pm following our regular chapter meeting on Saturday, July 23.

We’re thrilled to have the Coordinator for Disability Services at L.A. International Airport, Larry Rolon, join us to discuss accessibility at Los Angeles International Airport. Larry would like our input on ways to make LAX more accessible to people with hearing loss. This is a great opportunity to make our voices heard!

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