Do you Know of Someone Deserving of a Scholarship?

Young black woman college graduate

The Los Angeles Chapter is pleased to announce our $2,500 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.

This is a great opportunity to help a student with the cost of obtaining a higher education!

Note: The recipient of this award will serve 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.

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

 

 

Join our First 2024 Meeting!

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Join our first 2024 chapter meeting!

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

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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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Hearing Health Matters: HLAA-LA Participates in Black Health Matters Summit

Los Angeles, CA – October 8, 2023 – The Hearing Loss Association of America – Los Angeles Chapter (HLAA-LA) recently participated in the Black Health Matters Health Summit and Expo held on October 7, 2023, at the St. Anne’s Family Services Conference Center in Los Angeles. It was the first major outreach event for HLAA-LA post-COVID-19 pandemic.

Discovering and learning at Black Health Matters Health Summit and Expo at the St. Anne's Family Services.

Discovering and learning at Black Health Matters Health Summit and Expo at the St. Anne’s Family Services.

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Watch our September Meeting Recap!

We had a wonderful meeting filled with good buzz and vibes as we shared an overview about what the chapter has been up to along with meeting our first Young Adult Ambassador, Erin McClain. If you missed this or would like to learn more about what the Los Angeles chapter is all about, please sit back and enjoy the presentation below or visit our YouTube channel.


(note: Zoom automatic captions were used so they aren’t perfect.)

If you have any questions, want more information, or even considering volunteering, please email us at info@hlaa-la.org.

Join our Upcoming Chapter Gathering!

As we head into Fall, grab a coffee and snack and join us. This gathering promises to be a fun event, filled with celebration, hope, and a glimpse into the future.

One of the highlights of our meeting will be the celebration of our first Young Adult Ambassador (YAA) scholarship winner, Erin McClain. Erin’s dedication and passion have made her a shining example of the values and vision that our chapter upholds. We cannot wait for you to meet her and hear about her aspirations during this event.

We’ll also share what the chapter has been doing and, more importantly, our future plans. It’s a chance for all of us to come together, exchange ideas, and learn about the exciting initiatives we have in store for our hearing loss community.

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Please check your email for details to join the meeting and don’t forget to set your calendar reminder!

Celebrating our First Young Adult Ambassador!

Wendi presenting to Erin the scholarship award.

Wendi presented Erin with the scholarship award.

A special celebration and milestone for our Los Angeles chapter just happened! Erin McClain became our chapter’s first Young Adult Ambassador (YAA) after accepting our $2500 college scholarship. Erin hails originally from Sacramento and is attending California State University Long Beach.

The chapter hosted a nice Sunday brunch to celebrate and learn about Erin’s hearing loss journey. Diagnosed with bilateral hearing loss at age two, Erin clearly understands the challenges people face with hearing loss daily. She spoke of many ways she is able to successfully advocate for accommodations needed in class and school. She has also been an inspiration to her college peers and teachers to help them better appreciate the hearing loss community.

Erin will continue to connect with the chapter by updating us on how she is doing in school, attending a few events, and connecting on social media. Stay tuned for more information on how you can meet and learn more about Erin’s story!

 

Erin McClain. Our YAA scholarship award winner!

The LA Chapter Steering Committee with Erin

The LA Chapter Steering Committee with Erin

Erin and her friend Dulce

Erin and her friend Dulce

 

Generosity finds the LA Chapter!

 

The Orange County Basketball League, headed by Mr. Ziko Pepic, is an organization that believes in sports and charity. Each season adult teams play basketball and compete for the title of champions. At the end of the season the winners receive trophies, bragging rights and they get to choose a charitable organization to receive a $500 donation. This year, Team Rocognize chose HLAA-LA to be the recipient of this generous gesture. Our chapter is honored and grateful to accept this donation. Many thanks to Ziko and Team Recognize!

Seven players from a orange county basketball team donating to the LA Chapter

Number 24 is our very own Chad Washington

Spring Fling Party Connects Guests from Across SoCal

Group picture of everyone at the spring fling party

A wonderful Spring Fling turnout!

By Teri Breier

On a gorgeous spring Sunday with near-perfect weather, HLAA–Los Angeles held its largest in-person gathering in three years on March 26. The “Spring Fling” garden party, hosted by HLAA-CA Webmaster and past-chapter president Heather Lehr at her beautiful San Marino home, was attended by nearly 30 people with and without hearing loss—and not a mask in sight.

Guests included LA chapter members and their families, as well as attendees from southern California chapters like Long Beach/Lakewood, Orange County and Mission Viejo, as well as several brand-new attendees at their very first HLAA event. There were many others who couldn’t make it that were missed.

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