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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Memorial Weekend Party – Join Us!

Memorial Weekend Party!UPDATE!

We will need to change the location for our party and need your help to bring chairs and tables. See below for further details.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t a safe and easy way to handle the parking needs for our party so we will need to change the location. Our very own Sandy will host this year which includes plenty of parking. If you have RSVP’d already or will soon do so, her address will be forwarded to you via email very soon. Please note we need your help to bring chairs and tables if you can. You can let us know when you RSVP, reply back to the email with Sandy’s address, or email us at info@hlaa-la.org.

Our chapter will be supplying wraps and chicken as a main course along with water and paper goods. The rest will be potluck, so please let us know what you will be bringing! Please see below for more information.

DATE: Sunday May 26th, 2019

TIME: 12:00pm-4:00pm

WHERE: Sandy’s home. Once you RSVP, address information will be provided.

How to RSVP: Send us an email to info@hlaa-la.org or you may connect with us via our Facebook groups page or Yahoo Groups. PLEASE make sure to tell us the following:

1. How many people will be coming in your party.
2. What you will be bringing (appetizer, salad, veggie tray, drinks, dessert, ?).
3. Are you able to bring chairs and/or tables to the party.

Sandy has a pool so you are welcome to bring your swimming suits but please bring your own towels. ALSO, make sure to check with the weather forecast and bring a sweater or jacket if needed!

If you have any questions, just shoot us an email at info@hlaa-la.org.

We look forward to seeing everyone!!

Assembly Bill 598 Passes! Let Our Children Hear!

Our very own Katie Wright with her grandson Connor supporting this bill.

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

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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