Our very own Katie Wright with her grandson Connor supporting this bill.
Our bill passed by unanimous consent out of Assembly Health! Thank you to everyone who made calls, wrote letters and traveled to Sacramento today to express their support for the bill. Please call and thank Assembly Members on the Health Committee. Next step Assembly Appropriations.
Assembly Bill 598 mandate that private health insurance companies cover the costs of hearing aids for children. Only 1 in 10 children are under health care that provides coverage for hearing aids. Learn more about the bill.
There is also a Facebook page devoted to this important initiative.
Here’s where to find the list of the next assembly members to target:
It’s also appropriate to contact your own assembly member even if s/he is not on the committee. But definitely send postcards, letters, and make phone calls to the committee members
If you don’t know what to say when you call, there’s a script here:
Address to send all correspondence: PO Box 942849 Sacramento, CA 94249
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!
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.
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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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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Our 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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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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Hyundai Motor Company is leading the effort to re-innovate how those hard of hearing or deaf can get all the important stimulus when driving compared to those with normal hearing. Thanks to Audio-Visual Conversion (AVC) and Audio-Tactile Conversion (ATC) assist driving systems, visual and touch clues can be provided to the driver to alert when situations occur that would normally be difficult for those with hearing challenges to immediately notice. Learn more about what is current being developed and is in store toward the future!
If you or your child has a permanent disability you may be entitled to a free, lifetime pass to visit the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands. Sensory impairments are includes so if you have some form of hearing loss, review this article to learn more what your options might be. Might just be time to take up more hiking!
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!
(You can view the January meeting transcript here)
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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