August 24 Chapter Meeting – How to Effectively Communicate with LAPD

Ever wonder how you will act or respond if LAPD pulls you over? How do you safely convey you’re hard of hearing? No matter what the situation, how should you communicate with LAPD?

Dan Widman, Pat Widman’s (former HLAA-LA President) son and current sergeant of LAPD, will help us learn how to communicate with any officer safely and effectively.

Join us for our upcoming HLAA-LA meeting on Saturday, August 24th, at our usual time and location:

Day and Time: Saturday, August 24 – 9:30am for light fare and shmoozing, 10:00-noon for program and other HLAA announcements.

Location: Sherman Oaks Library –14245 Moorpark St, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Note: Please bring a food item to pass along – we are a hungry bunch!

Fox Theatre must provide captions for performances on demand, appeals court says

In an interesting development that may provide a road ahead for more captioning options throughout the U.S., 8th U.S. Court of Appeals in St. Louis voted 2 to 1 in favor that Fox Theatre must provide captions whenever a patron asks. This is not just for one matinee performance per Broadway run which is commonly offered by theatres that say they offer captioning services.

Please see this article for further information and some background on how this all developed!

 

 

Robert Mueller Hard of Hearing? Another Challenge For Older Workers

Much has been said regarding Robert Mueller’s communication during his testimony. Was there an unknown healthy issue that laid question to his ability to clearly promote a sense of confidence in his testimony or was there something else? A term called “normal cognitive aging” is very real and deals with the way older adults process information that can be especially true for those with hearing loss. In case you haven’t seen it already, check out the article discussing this in more detail below.

Challenges hard of hearing older workers face.

Google Live Transcribe

For those familiar with accessibility options with our phones, iPhones naturally are always ahead of the game compared to their Androids users. Recently, great strides have been made with Google Live Transcribe for your Android phone that it might be worth your while, if you have an Android, to download and try the “Google Live Transcribe”.

Recent improvements have shown enhanced functionality to better understand speech, sounds from the TV, and even offers bilingual switching of languages during conversations.

You can learn more and download here – https://www.android.com/accessibility/live-transcribe/.

July 27 Meeting – Summertime Challenges Rap Session!

Due to the great response from our previous rap sessions, we will be having another interactive meeting, this time on the subject of hearing challenges in the summer.

Are you confused about what auditory equipment to pack for a day at the beach?
What should you take and what should you leave at home?

Are you worried that sweating in the heat of summer will cause your hearing aid to malfunction?

For you CI wearers, are you concerned about going through metal detectors and scanners at airports?

Would you like to be prepared for travel with a kit for your hearing equipment, devices and accessories?

Day and Time: Saturday, July 27 – 9:30am for light fare and shmoozing, 10:00-noon for program and other HLAA announcements.

Location: Sherman Oaks Library –14245 Moorpark St, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Note: Please bring a food item to pass along – we are a hungry bunch!

June Meeting Summary – Text to 911 with Richard Ray!

Richard Ray presenting the world of 911.

Richard Ray presenting the world of 911.

Meeting transcript can be found here.

A HUGE thank you to Richard Ray, ADA Technology Access Coordinator, for a most informative and passionate education this past Saturday on the text to 911 visual paging system, as well as many other communication accessible services you have helped bring to fruition over the years.

Real time text (RTT) is truly a game changer – thank you for not only teaching us what it is and how to use it, but also how to install and operate it on our phones! The entire deaf and HOH community is beyond fortunate to have your expertise and advocacy on all our behalf.

Stay tuned for upcoming details for our July wrap session coming on Saturday, July 27!

Another Great Success with Walk4Hearing!

Frank and Heather manning the t-shirts.

Frank and Heather manning the t-shirts.

What a great 2019 Walk4Hearing event! The Los Angeles Chapter “LA Stars” team was again the top and most awesome team thanks to so many that participated and got the word out with their fundraising efforts. HLAA National and our chapter will greatly benefit from all the hard work as we embark on the rest of 2019 on to 2020 advocating for those with hearing loss.

The Walk welcomed over 500 walkers, were joined by 30 amazing teams, and raised over $50,000 and counting. Note that donations will continued to be accepted through July 31 so it’s not too late to contribute! Any questions can be addressed to our info@hlaa-la.org email address. See below for the photo gallery highlighting the Walk.

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June 22 Meeting – Emergency Preparedness Part II!

If you enjoyed our previous seminar on emergency services, this is Part II! The fabulous Richard Ray is going to tell us what systems are already in place in case of an emergency. Even better, what’s available in the future. He’s here to listen to us, hear our concerns, and implement better systems.

Evolving technology creates more options for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, or have speech or cognitive disabilities for effective communication during emergencies.  The presentation will cover the Federal Communications Commission and Department of Justice’s regulations to facilitate accessible 9-1-1 calling and accessible emergency notifications.  Emergency communications options available today and in the future will also be discussed, such as real-time text, short message service, and other communication modalities.

Time: 9:30am for light fare and shmoozing, 10:00-noon for program and other HLAA announcements.

Location: Sherman Oaks Library -14245 Moorpark St, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

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