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!

June Meeting Summary – Text to 911 with Richard Ray!

Richard Ray presenting the world of 911.

Richard Ray presenting the world of 911.

Meeting transcript can be found here.

A HUGE thank you to Richard Ray, ADA Technology Access Coordinator, for a most informative and passionate education this past Saturday on the text to 911 visual paging system, as well as many other communication accessible services you have helped bring to fruition over the years.

Real time text (RTT) is truly a game changer – thank you for not only teaching us what it is and how to use it, but also how to install and operate it on our phones! The entire deaf and HOH community is beyond fortunate to have your expertise and advocacy on all our behalf.

Stay tuned for upcoming details for our July wrap session coming on Saturday, July 27!

Another Great Success with Walk4Hearing!

Frank and Heather manning the t-shirts.

Frank and Heather manning the t-shirts.

What a great 2019 Walk4Hearing event! The Los Angeles Chapter “LA Stars” team was again the top and most awesome team thanks to so many that participated and got the word out with their fundraising efforts. HLAA National and our chapter will greatly benefit from all the hard work as we embark on the rest of 2019 on to 2020 advocating for those with hearing loss.

The Walk welcomed over 500 walkers, were joined by 30 amazing teams, and raised over $50,000 and counting. Note that donations will continued to be accepted through July 31 so it’s not too late to contribute! Any questions can be addressed to our info@hlaa-la.org email address. See below for the photo gallery highlighting the Walk.

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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

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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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
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