Coronavirus Visual Communication Tool

From: Hanigan, Ami (MCD) <ami.h…>
Date: Tue, Mar 24, 2020 at 4:31 PM
Subject: Coronavirus Visual Communication Tool
To: Statewide Advisory Council and Community Members


We are pleased to announce that MCDHH has created a visual tool to help hospital staff, medical personnel, first responders, and service providers communicate with hard of hearing and Deaf individuals and patients during this unprecedented crisis. Speech-reading masked medical personnel is impossible for elders who may also be Deaf or hard of hearing and this tool is designed to help in these situations.

Commissioner Florio has authorized the release of this tool today and we are hoping it will be shared widely. Due to current logistical issues we are sharing it in electronic only format at this point.


Coronavirus Visual Tool
Coronavirus Visual Tool

What Nelson Mandela and Others Teach Us About Coping with the Coronavirus and Isolation

What Nelson Mandela and Others Teach Us About Coping with the Coronavirus and Isolation
Presenter: Michael Harvey, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.
Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2020
NEW Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Eastern Time

photo of Michael HarveyDon’t miss Tuesday’s free captioned webinar featuring Dr. Michael Harvey, a psychologist in private practice in Framingham, Massachusetts, who will be presenting What Nelson Mandela and Others Teach Us About Coping with the Coronavirus and Isolation.

People with hearing loss tend to feel isolated anyhow. Now with a pandemic forcing us to stay home, distance ourselves from others, the isolation goes deeper. This webinar will outline specific psychological strategies for coping with the coronavirus and isolation. Dr. Harvey will begin by enumerating how others have survived non-virus isolation: for example, Nelson Mandela who was imprisoned for 27 years and Anthony Ray Hinton who was on death row for 28 years for a murder he didn’t commit. Then he’ll dig into a host of specific emotional self-care tools to use while quarantined as well as how we can even realize some psychological benefits from this terrifying time.

This webinar will be recorded for playback.


Should you have any questions, please contact

Cochlear Implants, March 21, 2020

CancelledSaturday, March 21, 2020, 2pm-4pm

Want to learn about Cochlear Implants? Find out about what the latest developments are in the newest models? Then come to the next meeting of the HLAA Boston Chapter!

Where: Watertown Free Public Library, 123 Main Street, Watertown, MA

What: Cochlear Implants have come a long way since they were first introduced in the early 70’s

Reps for the three major CI companies will be present to tell us about their products and answer our questions. The company reps are from Advanced Bionics, MED-EL, and Cochlear.

There will also be time to meet and greet other with hearing loss and enjoy refreshments together. Family members are welcome, too!

  • CART will be provided
  • Room is looped for T-coil
  • Refreshments served
  • Parking in back
We are canceling the March 21st event out of an abundance of caution as we don’t want to inadvertently expose any of you to this virus.
The cochlear implant company representatives have been notified and we will reschedule when we feel it is safe to do so.  We will get more details to you once we have them.
In the meantime, stay safe and stay healthy.
-Sue Schy

Cancelled: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Constituents’ Day: March 30, 2020

From: Hanigan, Ami (MCD) <ami.h…>
Date: Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 11:43 AM
Subject: Cancelled: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Constituents’ Day: March 30th
To: MCDHH Statewide Advisory Council and MCDHH Community Members

Unfortunately, due to growing concerns regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Day on March 30  will be cancelled.

MCDHH SAC members will be working to identify a rescheduled date for the event. This will be communicated as soon as determined.

Thank you all for your understanding in this situation.

Thank you,

Hana Hanigan
Administrative Assistant to the Commissioner
MA Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
600 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111

Voice: 617-740-1611
Pager: 617-939-8556

Silent No More, March 7, 2020

Betty Hauck writes on

Various emails have been flying around regarding the March 7th showing of “Silent No More” at the Regent Theatre in Arlington MA. Showtime is 7:30 and the theatre is located at 7 Medford St.

It has been determined that CART and ASL will be provided. This information was missing on the Regent Theatre’s website but was on the publicity sent out by No Limits for Deaf Children, the organization that produced the show.

If you would like complimentary tickets, please contact mich…

Hope to see you at the show!