Chapter member Michael Thal is offering an American Sign Language (ASL) course for beginners starting Tuesday, February 6, 2018 from 6:00-7:00 PM to be held at 18344 Clark Street #205, Tarzana, CA. The course costs $15 per class for 11 classes; the first class is free. If you pay up front, you will save $50, costing you only $100. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to learn sign language! Even if you miss the first class, you are welcomed to join any class.
Here’s what you’ll learn:
• ASL Alphabet
• Counting from 1-30 on one hand
• Basic vocabulary: family, colors, food, prepositions, pronouns, verbs, etc.
• Deaf Culture
• Baby Sign
• Any words you need for work or home
If you’d like to reserve a space, please email Michael Thal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Space is limited. You can also text only at 818-398-1805.
LOS ANGELES COCHLEAR IMPLANT SUPPORT GROUP- LA CIS GROUP Meeting: Saturday, January 20, 2018, 11:00am to 2:00pm.
(Important Note: If you plan on attending this meeting, consider adding extra travel time. The Women’s March is in central Downtown L.A. that day. Last year, freeways and subways were jam packed.)
Happy New Year! We hope your holidays were especially happy ones, with some memorable CI moments. We will celebrate our annual Cochlear Americas “Ringing in the New Year” meeting, and social.
The Newswire has been delayed due to some changes that have taken place. St. Vincent Hospital has been sold, and is now called: St. Vincent Medical Center—Verity Health System. We will no longer be able to have our meetings at the Mark Taper Building Board Room. It was demolished.
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The Expo was a packed house!
It was a busy and educational Tech Expo this year. The event took place at the Ken Miller Recreation Center in Torrance. The day was pleasant and perfect to come down and learn the latest development and innovations within the hearing industry.
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In case you missed it, Barbara Kelley made an appearance on NBC Nightly News to discuss the current legislation pushing for OTC hearing aids. You can watch the OTC segment that aired at the link below:
Legislation pushes OTC hearing aids
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This is the first LA Cochlear Implant Group meeting of 2017! Cochlear Americas is speaking to us so please review the information provided below. Come and hear about the latest in their technology!!!
Hope to see many of you there!
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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!
A great article found from Ken Cluskey regarding efforts underway in the UK to take “noise off the menu” from the charity’s Speak Easy campaign. Based on responses from individuals with AND without hearing, there is indeed great benefit to take steps toward providing a more meaningful and enjoyable experience when dining with others. Check it out via the link below!
Action on Hearing Loss – Take Noise off the Menu!