ASL Night at the Museum of Fine Arts

photo of MFA building at duskLiz Olson writes on

ASL Night at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) is Wednesday September 25 from 5 to 10, free admission starting at 4 PM.

There are tours and concerts in ASL with English translation.

I understand the divide between Deaf and hard of hearing populations , but I hope you might take an opportunity to learn to sign better, or understand what it is like to rely on translation, or maybe just the quiet atmosphere.

See you there,

Liz O

“Welcome Back” Ice Cream Social Photos

Photos from the Welcome Back Ice Cream Social meeting of the HLAA Boston Chapter at the Watertown Free Library on Sept. 14, 2019.

Welcome Back Ice Cream Social, September 14, 2019

You are invited to the Welcome Back Ice Cream Social meeting of the HLAA Boston Chapter at the Watertown Free Library on Sept. 14, 2019 from 2-4 pm!

In addition to “Make Your Own Sundae”, we will hear about highlights of the 2019 convention, Nancy Sonnabend will reminisce about the early days of HLAA, and we will learn about this year’s Walk4Hearing. CART will be provided, the room is looped, and parking is available. Please join us!

Watertown Free Public Library, Watertown Savings Bank Meeting Room on the 1st floor
123 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02472

Access to Courts Legal Justice

Sue Schy writes on

From: Hanigan, Ami (MCD) <Ami.H…>
Date: Mon, Sep 9, 2019 at 2:14 PM
Subject: Howard Rosenblum Event: Sept 25

Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has arranged for Attorney Howard Rosenblum, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of the Deaf to come to Massachusetts to present to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community regarding Access to Courts and Legal justice.

Commissioner Steven Florio would like to invite the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community members and leaders to attend Attorney Rosenblum’s presentation. 

 Attorney Rosenblum is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of the Deaf. He is also the author of “Communication Access Funds – Achieving the Unrealized Aims of the Americans with Disabilities Act.”  Here is a link to his article:

Attorney Rosenblum will be presenting on September 25th from 6:30-8:30 pm at Advocates Inc in Framingham.

Please see attached Flyer for more information.  Please RSVP: Alison Fondo 508-503-1227 or Aliso…

Registration Is Now Open For the ALDA/HLAA Accessible Tour at the MFA on Saturday, September 21

Sue Schy writes on

From: Francine Stieglitz <>
Date: September 3, 2019 at 9:43:31 AM EDT
To: Francine Stieglitz <>
Subject: Registration is now open for the ALDA/HLAA Accessible tour at the MFA on Saturday, September 21

Please join us for our upcoming tour “The MFA and Boston Collectors: 19th Century to Mid 20th Century Paintings.”  “The MFA has been fortunate to have many collectors and donors of a wide range of objects over its 149 years. We will focus on an early group of collectors and explore the why, what and where of their collections. As we visit these objects, we’ll understand the impact of these collectors on the American and European permanent collections. It’s an exciting facet of the MFA’s history and growth to the world-renowned museum we have today.”

1.  To register, email Ronit Michom at or call 617-369-3189.

2.  In the subject line, put the name of the tour  (MFA and Boston Collectors),  the date (September 21), and the time of the tour  (10:30 a.m.).

3.  Indicate whether you want a neckloop or a head set. If you need only an ALD receiver, please specify .  If you plan to use your own equipment and want the guide to wear an additional microphone, then please specify.

4.  Please arrive 15 minutes early to get your neckloop and headset and to make sure that they are working.

5.  Remember that there is a limit of one guest with you.  You must register your guest whether or not an ALD is needed.

6.  Tours will leave from the Linde Family Wing Entrance, which is on Museum Road.

7.  Email  if you register and are then unable to attend.

8.  Registration closes on Friday, September 13 unless the tour fills up before that time.

If you have registered and are unable to attend, please let our tour leader Karen Moss ( and Ronit Minchom (  know via email even if it is the day of the tour.

Please note:  If fewer than 6 people register for the tour, the tour will be canceled.