Celebrating 20 Years as a Chapter!

This is a big year for the Los Angeles chapter as we celebrate 20 years of supporting our greater Los Angeles community. Many friends and family have benefited from the work of the chapter and our dedicated members.

The Los Angeles Chapter (HLAA-LA) is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The chapter has been dedicated to supporting adults with hearing loss, as well as families and parents impacted by hearing loss. Over the past two decades, HLAA-LA has provided invaluable resources, education, and advocacy to the local community, fostering a supportive environment for individuals to share experiences and access essential services.

Learn more about our history and stay tuned for information coming soon to join us and have a big celebration!

Discover how to Succeed in the Workplace with Hearing Loss

Join our next online chapter presentation!

When: Saturday, July 27
Time: 10-11:30 a.m. PT
Place: On Zoom
Topic: Advocating and succeeding in the workplace with hearing loss plus learning more about the HLAA annual convention.

Note: You will receive the meeting link after you register

You are invited to an insightful and informative online session with Pat Dobbs, a highly experienced and knowledgeable resource for understanding the impact of hearing loss on workplace communication, relationships, and trust. Pat has helped countless individuals and companies identify best practices to be more inclusive of colleagues with hearing loss and how to be more effective allies.

This should be an excellent opportunity for you and people you know impacted in the workplace by hearing loss to get the help you need to advocate for yourself. Don’t forget to forward this email to people you know who could benefit!

You will hear from attendees, see pictures and be treated to a special performance. Don’t miss this great recap of the HLAA 2024 convention!

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Embracing the Journey – Watch Today!

Embracing your hearing loss journey

Embracing the Journey: Conquering Hearing Loss with a Growth Mindset held on May 25, 2023

We had many in attendance who attended our “Embracing the Journey: Conquering Hearing Loss with a Growth Mindset” presentation with Dr. Latisha Porter-Vaughn. It was an engaging and empowering experience for all who attended. But if you were not able to attend or who like to watch the recording, please watch below or from our HLAA-LA YouTube channel. And don’t forget to subscribe to our channel!

Overview: This Zoom meeting explored the challenges and triumphs associated with hearing loss. We all know the struggles and challenges faced with hearing loss and it can be overwhelming at times. Dr. Porter-Vaughn shared how you can learn to build a growth mindset leading to mastery over such challenges.

Don’t forget to forward and share this with your family and friends. Everyone is impacted by hearing loss and could benefit from this recording!

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About our College Scholarship and Young Adult Ambassador

Young black woman college graduate

The Los Angeles Chapter is proud to provide an annual college scholarship opportunity to a deserving hard of hearing HOH/deaf graduating high school student or a freshman/sophomore enrolled in college in the greater Los Angeles area who will be returning to school in the fall of 2024. We have a new recipient winner for the upcoming school year soon to be announced so stay tuned!

The recipient of this award serves as the chapter’s Young Adult Ambassador (YAA). This offers a great opportunity to experience more about the hearing loss community. Please see the video below from our 2023-24 YAA award winner, Erin McClain, to learn more.

Learn About YAA Responsibilities

From Erin McClain – our 2023-24 YAA scholarship award recipient.


U.S. Access Board to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Los Angeles

The U.S. Access Board will hold a public town hall meeting on Tuesday, April 16 from 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. (PT) at the California Endowment’s Center for Healthy Communities Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California. Presidentially appointed Access Board members and representatives from other federal member agencies will be present to hear from the local community about the state of accessibility in Los Angeles. Representatives from the City of Los Angeles Department on Disability will also be present.

Following the public comment period, members of the public will be able to meet and speak with Presidentially appointed Board members and representatives from other federal agencies.

The town hall meeting is open to all members of the public. Please register for in-person attendance by April 8, 2024. To register, send an email to events@access-board.gov with your name and organization (if applicable). The Access Board invites in-person comments on accessibility. Registrants who wish to make in-person comments must indicate their request to speak when emailing events@access-board.gov. Public commenters will be allotted two minutes to make their comments. Please note that this is an in-person only event.

Walk4Hearing 2024: Join Us for a Season of Hope and Action!

Scenes from Walk4Hearing

Are you ready to walk for a good cause? The Walk4Hearing season is here and there is exciting news for you!

This year, Walk4Hearing is launching a new online platform that will make it easier for you to register, fundraise, and connect with other walkers. We will walk again in Long Beach at the same location as last year and you will be part of a nationwide movement to raise awareness and funds for hearing loss.

By walking with us, you are supporting the chapter and Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and our partner organizations, which provide vital services and advocacy for the 50 million Americans with hearing loss. Thanks to you, we can continue to support, educate and empower people with hearing loss and their families.

So join the “LASTARS” with our Walk Captain, Jackie Gayer, leading the way, so we can bring hope to even more people. See below for instructions and details.

Note: We are looking for individuals interested in volunteering. Any help is appreciated so please email us at info@hlaa-la.org.

Join our LASTARS Walk4Hearing team:

  1. Go to https://www.walk4hearing.org/event/longbeach
  2. Click the orange “Register” button.
  3. Fill in your name, email and create a password.
  4. Your Participant Type should remain as a “Walker”
  5. For Role, select “Join a Team”
  6. Click the Search button and type “LASTARS” (no space) or you may see the team already displayed.
  7. After selecting “LASTARS”, fill in your registration details.
    1. Note – if you have another person you sign up, you can add another participant at this stage.
  8. Select the “Continue to Confirmation” button.
  9. Review your details and confirm.
  10. Once completed, you can now fill in your personal page and start fundraising!
    1. Note – you can edit your profile at any time later.

Any questions? Just email us at info@hlaa-la.org.

Join our First 2024 Meeting!

Woman talking into laptop during zoom meeting

Join our first 2024 chapter meeting!

Date: Saturday, January 27, 2024
Where: Online Zoom Meeting
Time: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. PT


Hearing loss can be a challenging condition that affects many aspects of your life, such as communication, relationships, work, education, and mental health. You are not alone in this journey, and we are here to listen, share, and learn from each other.

Please register and join our rap gathering for the opportunity to introduce ourselves, share our stories, ask questions, and offer advice and support from discussion topics. This will be your opportunity to participate as much as you feel comfortable in a warm and supportive environment.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, January 27!

Any questions? Just email us at info@hlaa-la.org.

Holiday Party Celebration!

Los Angeles chapter holiday banner

After four long years, friends and family of our chapter all had a wonderful time celebrating the holidays and each other. It was wonderful to see familiar faces and many new ones!

We are thankful for all who could join us to create lasting memories and sorry for those we’ll have to see for next time. There was a lot of gift stealing during our White Elephant event but luckily no fights! Check out our photo gallery of key moments during the party.

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