The U.S. Department of Labor wants feedback from persons who are deaf or with hearing loss and their experience accessing employment services through American Job Centers. They are looking for people who have recently used or interacted with American Job Centers who would be willing to share their input in an hour-long virtual listening session.
To participate in an hour-long listening session hosted by the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the Civil Rights Center (CRC), participants should have:
interacted with public or government-funded employment agencies, such as American Job Centers or One Stop,
had these interactions within the past five years,
used either a phone call, in-person meeting, or virtual meeting as part of this interaction.
Two meeting dates are set. Each meeting is 60 minutes long on Zoom platform and will include live/ASR captioning, CART captioning, and ASL.
Monday, September 12 at 3 p.m. ET Wednesday, September 14 at Noon ET
To participate or to learn more, contact *Michael Petrick, Program Manager at Economic Systems at email@example.com.
Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is looking for individuals who either wear hearing aids now, and are considering trying OTC hearing aids, OR who have never had hearing aids, and are now considering shopping for OTC hearing aids.
The purpose is with OTC hearing aids becoming the real deal in the middle of October, HLAA would like to have individuals share their journey and experiences with OTC hearing aids with millions of individuals who could find inspiration and hope. If you or know of anyone that might be interested in OTC and sharing, please reply to this post or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Topic: Learning all the great benefits of CTAP! Date: Saturday, August 27, 2022 Where: Online Zoom Meeting Time: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. PT Audience: Open to all for this free event. Please pass along this invite to others!
The California Telephone Access Program (CTAP) is an invaluable service that many individuals are unaware of or don’t fully understand the free services they may be entitled to. CTAP products are geared to meet many needs including telephones, amplifiers, ring-signal, speech devices, headsets, and many accessories. So much help is available, you just need to ask!
Please join us as Oskar Aguilar, from CTAP, will explain the program and benefits and get your questions answered. This service could make a difference for you and others you care about that could benefit.
On August 16, the FDA issued a final rule for over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids and how they will be sold to consumers. This is a big day for those with mild to moderate hearing loss as many more affordable hearing aid options will become available within the control of the consumer themselves.
This is a long-awaited FDA rule and couldn’t come soon enough for millions of Americans who have put off buying or even considering a hearing aid due to costs.
To get all your answers to your questions and to learn more, please visit the HLAA OTC site.
Google Maps has recently begun including hearing loops in the accessibility information on its website. This has received little notice from the national media or hearing loss–related entities but, for the hard of hearing, this is important news. A national database of looped venues has been a goal of hearing loop advocates for years and it’s finally becoming a reality. This action, a joint undertaking of the Get in the Hearing Loop Committee (GITHL) of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and Google Maps, is the latest example of the growing awareness and availability of hearing loops in public places.
Check out this feel-good story about how a simple act of providing a hearing aid to someone in need can dramatically change their lives. Thanks to Starkey Cares, they helped make a huge and positive impact for Branden Thibodeau, a Special Olympics softball player.
We had a wonderful presentation and discussion covering the family dynamics and challenges faced with hearing loss. Dr. Jen Anfinson was kind enough to put together and present to our audience with many interesting topics and Q&A.
Although the struggles we all experienced, especially those of us with hearing loss, during the pandemic took their toll on us. One silver lining that came from this was the dramatic increase and acceptance in the use of captioning beyond just TV. This articledoes a great job explaining how captions are helping everyone but still aren’t perfect.
Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) has an annual fundraiser and raising awareness for hearing loss event called Walk4Hearing. It had been three years since we all got together for this event so for many attending, it was highly anticipated.
The LA Chapter “LA Stars” was once again the top fundraising team. We raised over $7,000 with many of our chapter members participating to raise funds for this important event. The weather was beautiful and the location perfect to enjoy and spread the word. Many folks stayed afterward for a nice lunch and to catch up. We also had a good turnout but expect a bigger turnout next year as many folks didn’t attend this year out of precaution with Covid.
Wonderful memories and friends made with excitement already started for next year. See you then!
If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please contact us at email@example.com.
We had a wonderful chapter social gathering this spring to celebrate the CODA movie. Many of those who attended had not seen each other since pre-pandemic so it was a much-needed time together. After some pre-movie good food and appetizers, we all enjoyed a truly enlightening and magical movie. Although the movie does focus on the deaf community, we do hope it will also raise awareness for those with hearing loss.
And a special thank you to our host, Sandy Blake, for allowing us to mess up her home!
If you have any ideas or suggestions for a chapter social gathering, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Group shot before the movie
Blanca and Tim
Georgia and Blanca
Michael, Sandy and Heather enjoying the food and company.