Liz Lesan sharing her 2019 Convention experiences.
July 27 Meeting Transcript can be found here.
July Meeting Summary – Another Successful Rap Session!
Thanks to everyone who attended our July meeting rap session – while we did not have record attendance, we sure had a mighty, passionate and spirited discussion, moderated by our very own Sandy Blake!
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For those familiar with accessibility options with our phones, iPhones naturally are always ahead of the game compared to their Androids users. Recently, great strides have been made with Google Live Transcribe for your Android phone that it might be worth your while, if you have an Android, to download and try the “Google Live Transcribe”.
Recent improvements have shown enhanced functionality to better understand speech, sounds from the TV, and even offers bilingual switching of languages during conversations.
You can learn more and download here – https://www.android.com/accessibility/live-transcribe/.
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!
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!
Tim sharing some chapter updates.
Another shot of Richard sharing his passion!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org email address. See below for the photo gallery highlighting the Walk.
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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
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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If you are someone with hearing loss, you undoubtedly dread the large group situations or sometimes known as the “cocktail party problem””. New and interesting research is tackling just that very issue with findings and information that could just very well find a solution. A solution using a brain controlled hearing aid! Have a read of this interesting article!
The annual fundraising Long Beach Walk4Hearing is coming up very soon! Here, you can learn how to join our team, the HLAA-LA Stars, and how to succeed in raising funds for our chapter and national organization.
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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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