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!

March Meeting Recap: From Earthquakes to Birthday Cake! Part 2

The fun is just starting! Here’s a recap of the second half of meeting.

(In case you missed the transcript link in part 1, you can view the transcript here)

Wendi - Our very own Walk4Hearing Captain giving us an update.

Wendi – Our very own Walk4Hearing Captain giving us an update.

Following a long break, we reconvened for chapter business. Our wonderful Wendi Washington, Walk4Hearing Team Captain, gave an update on this year’s 5k fundraising event, which will be on Saturday, June 8, at Marina Green Park in Long Beach. Registration is now open, so be sure to join our mighty LA Stars team and start fundraising now!

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March Meeting Recap: From Earthquakes to Birthday Cake! Part 1

Thank you Rick!

Thank you Rick!

We had another packed house on Saturday at our March 23rd chapter meeting, with many known and new faces. Attendees were captivated by our topic—“Emergency Preparedness for the Hard of Hearing,” presented by Rick Pope, who serves as the ADA Coordinator/ASL Interpreter for the City of Los Angeles. And before the meeting ended, everyone got a chance to celebrate an amazing lady for a very special milestone.

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March 23 Chapter Meeting – Emergency Preparedness

Emergency ReadinessOur next chapter meeting is coming up soon, Saturday, March 23rd! “Emergency Preparedness for the Hard of Hearing.” You don’t want to miss this highly informative seminar!

It’s time for real talk about what to do in case of emergency. Wondering how you’ll be notified? Want to know what to expect in shelters? Need some ideas about how to prepare for incidents like earthquakes and wildfires? Rick Pope will be talking about accessibility for people who are hard of hearing in emergency situations.

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February Meeting Recap – Relationships!

Our relationships panel from left to right: Teri, Sandy (moderator), Sharon, Jonathan, Wendi, and Chad.

Our relationships panel from left to right: Teri, Sandy (moderator), Sharon, Jonathan, Wendi, and Chad.

We had an awesome February meeting filled with sharing our stories and struggles with the daily challenges of hearing loss as it relates to our lives and those we love. We had a an outstanding relationships panels of all flavors including the dating world as a single woman, husband and wife, and mother and son.

Meeting transcript can be viewed here.

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February 23 Chapter Meeting – Love is in the Air!

Love is in the Air!Back by popular demand, and in honor of Valentine’s Day, we are hosting our annual relationship panel and interactive session! We will talk about the good and the bad when it comes to communicating with a loved one who has hearing loss. Whether married, dating, or just dealing with a family member, you’ll be sure to have a blast! Please join us!

We meet at the Sherman Oaks Library, 14245 Moorpark Street; socializing starts at 9:30am, with the meeting running from 10am-noon. Coffee, juice, and water provided. Feel free to bring a breakfast item to share. See you there!

Big Hit for our January Meeting!

(You can view the January meeting transcript here)

Katie presenting the latest hearing devices

Katie presenting the latest hearing devices

We had our best turnout yet since we moved to the Sherman Oaks library early last year. And not to disappoint, Katie Wright, a trainer with HLAA’s N-CHATT program (Network of Consumer Hearing Assistive Technology Trainers) did a great entertaining and informative session talking about the latest and greatest hearing assistive devices. Our own Liz Lesan assisted as well providing further information to members while they checked out the devices on their own.

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January 26 Meeting – All About Gadgets

2019 is underway, and so is HLAA-LA! We’ve planned a slate of informative meeting topics to help you navigate life as a person with hearing loss.

“Can’t hear your alarm in the morning? Worried about hearing your smoke alarm in the middle of the night? Want to know if your Amazon package is at the door? No worries! I’ll bring various alerting devices for you to explore – doorbells, alarm clocks, phone ring flashers, sound signalers, pagers – to name just a few. Come check them out!”

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