Celebrating 15 Years – A Reflection

HLAA-Los Angeles

Essay by Alicia Fernandez

Our First Newsletter!It is with great pleasure that I thank the current HLAA-LA Steering Committee for the wonderful 15-Year Anniversary Celebration on Nov. 2, 2019. It was both informative and joyful! As one of the founders of this group, I could not be prouder.

Note: View the full article to see some of the very first chapter newsletters!

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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!

Memorial Party Fun

Sandy, Lisa Beth, and Blanca enjoying their time.

Sandy, Lisa Beth, and Blanca enjoying the party.

Despite poor weather and illnesses, we had a nice turnout and a great time at our annual Memorial party held graciously at Sandy’s home. I guess you could say that no matter what the weather may look like, we still know how to party!

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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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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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