New England Walk4Hearing Online Celebration-Sunday, October 25, 2020

Let’s stay connected and celebrate our Walk4Hearing community! Join us on Walk Day to show support for people with hearing loss and connect with fellow walkers and new friends. There will be special guests, chances to win prizes, and the opportunity to share stories. After the online celebration, participants are encouraged to walk safely with family or as a team in their neighborhoods. Featuring: Bruce Peterson, Honorary Walk Chair Gael Hannan, hearing loss advocate, writer, and humorist Joss Kendrick, American Girl’s 2020 Girl of the Year YOU, the heart of the Walk4Hearing community! Sunday, October 25, 2020 Sign on begins, …

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Welcome to Our New HLAA Boston Chapter Website!

Betty Hauck wrote:   “We are so happy and excited to see this project finally come to fruition. It has been wonderful, although not surprising, to hear from so many of you about how delighted you are with the new website. And you have been asking whom to thank. That is easy – we are so grateful to Phil Temples, our website meister. He was a pleasure to work with, was very responsive to what would work best for our needs, and had lots of helpful suggestions. And among all the great new features, he has made the new website easier …

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Hearing Loss Tips during COVID19

Nicole Laffan, Au.D., M.S., CCC-A/SLP, Assistant Clinical Professor, Northeastern University | Bouvé College of Health Sciences writes: I’ve created the attached presentation to help individuals with hearing loss communicate during COVID-19. It contains information about advocating for oneself, phones with captioning, apps to add captioning to smart phone conversations, speech-to-text apps, video conferencing platforms that use captioning, resources for purchasing clear shields and masks, suggestions for wearing masks with hearing aids or cochlear implants, and info on the free aural rehabilitation sessions. I hope you find it helpful. Please feel free to share it with your members. payday loans online …

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Zoom: Provide Free Captions for People with Hearing Loss on Video Conferencing Platforms

Shari Eberts, a hearing loss advocate in the front lines, has been working hard to get video conferencing platforms to provide free captioning for people with nearing loss. Google and Microsoft have done so. Please sign this petition to get Zoom to provide captions for free as well. Our goal is to reach 50,000 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition at: http://chng.it/BxBmLGZbSt. payday loans online no credit check instant approval no faxing installment loan online payday loans online same day deposit payday online loans online payday loans direct lenders

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Ways to Navigate a Hospital During COVID-19 With a Hearing Loss

Thanks to Terri Charles for alerting us to the following article that was published in The Hearing Journal on April 10.  I know that some of you were able to watch the webinar. By Alexis Guerra As hospitals accommodate the increasing number of patients with COVID-19, people who are hard of hearing or deaf are faced with critical challenges in properly communicating with doctors and nurses amid protective masks and physical distancing guidelines. To address this and other related concerns, Chad Ruffin, MD, and Tina Childress, AuD, CCC-A, organized a webinar on April 6. One of the challenges Ruffin spoke about is the …

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Coronavirus Visual Communication Tool

From: Hanigan, Ami (MCD) <ami.h…@state.ma.us> 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 …

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

From: Hanigan, Ami (MCD) <ami.h…@state.ma.us> 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 …

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Nominations for Awards for State House Day, Due January 31, 2020

Betsy Ireland writes on hearatboston@googlegroups.com: Please save Monday, March 30th from 10am – noon for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Day at the State House! Nominations for Outstanding Advocate, Organization, Service Provider, Legislator and Young Advocate are open. Please send your nominations to Hana Hanigan (contact info at the bottom of each form) by January 31st. This is one of my favorite parts of the day, to recognize great contributions in our community. Betsy Ireland Chair, Statewide Advisory Council to MCDHH Attachments: Advocate Nomination Form 2020 Legislator Nomination Form 2020 Young Advocate Nomination Form 2020 Organization Nomination Form 2020 Service …

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Access to Courts Legal Justice

Sue Schy writes on hearatboston@googlegroups.com: From: Hanigan, Ami (MCD) <Ami.H…@massmail.state.ma.us> 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 …

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Improve the Quality of Live TV Captions –Comments Needed by September 13, 2019

Sue Schy writes on hearatboston@googlegroups.com: Please respond to this petition and survey on live television captioning by September 13th.  Thanks. ———- Forwarded message ——— From: Francine Stieglitz <fstiegli@bu.edu> Date: Tue, Aug 27, 2019 at 8:42 AM Subject: Improve the Quality of Live TV Captions –Comments Needed by September 13 !! To: Francine Stieglitz <fstiegli@bu.edu> Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Groups and Researchers Call on the FCC to Improve the Quality of Live Captions On July 31, Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI), the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), the Association of …

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