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:
During 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!
(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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Interesting 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
- Videos get more impressions on the newsfeed than any other type of post.
- Facebook videos auto-play on mute, so captions are needed to let the viewer follow along.
- Captions make your video accessible to all users, from a deaf viewer to someone on a noisy train or a quiet library.
- Subtitles in other languages make your video accessible to international viewers.
- Closed captions are proven to increase engagement and watch-time.
Here is the link to the how-to guide.
Captioning Your Facebook Videos
August 5, 2016 on change.org: The Federal Communications Commission unanimously approved a rule on Thursday implementing new requirements for hearing aid compatibility with wireless service providers and manufacturers of wireless devices. The goal is that all wireless devices will be compatible with hearing aids by 2024.
Click here to read the full article!
The California Telephone Access Program (CTAP) provides free specialized telephone equipment and services to Californians who may have difficulty using the telephone due to hearing loss and/or other conditions. » Read more