HLAA-LA is Turning 15 – Come and Celebrate!

HLAA-LA is turning 15!

Celebrating 15 years!Come help us celebrate on Saturday November 2nd as we look back at the history and accomplishments of our chapter over the past decade and a half.

It takes a village to establish and maintain an active functioning group, and we have many people to thank, both those who started and those who have contributed to maintaining our chapter. A special shout out to pioneers Valerie and Willy Stern, Danny Tubbs, Katherine Burns, Alicia Fernandez, Mike Kaplan, and Grace Tiessen for brainstorming the creation of the chapter and securing a meeting location at the Hear Center in Pasadena.

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September 28 Chapter Meeting – Tinnitus Demystified!

Tinnitus Understanding and managing tinnitus with Dr. Sharzad Cohen.

This presentation is designed to explain different theories about the causes of tinnitus and the available therapeutic methods. A review of the recent research about tinnitus and the relationship between tinnitus and hearing loss will be offered. Tinnitus management techniques and instruments will be discussed to eradicate the myth that tinnitus has no solutions!

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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!

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!

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

April Meeting Recap

Wendi providing an overview of Walk4Hearing.

Wendi providing an overview of Walk4Hearing.

We had quite a April meeting covering a wide array of topics and discussion points. You can view our meeting transcript here.

Our very own Florence started the meeting off with discussing her experiences and journey getting the USC Pacific Asia Museum accessible for the hard-of-hearing and deaf communities. Her journey presented many surprises but some disappointments in terms of her advocacy efforts but it is the realty we face in today’s world with misconceptions with our needs.

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SAVE THE DATE – Saturday, April 27th

Our April meeting will be here before you know it, so be sure to calendar April 27th at our usual time and location:

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

Due to the great response from our February interactive panel, we will be having another rap session – stay tuned for further details!

We will also be discussing registering for the upcoming Walk4Hearing on June 8th in Long Beach and ways to help raise $$$ for our very worthy organization!

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