Technology makes our lives easier – especially when we have a hearing loss. We read ads for new products, new features in hearing aids and cochlear implants, apps for your smart phone, etc. Do you ever wonder what we, the consumers, think about these new things? For that matter, what do we think about the stand-by technology that we’ve had for years? Come and see.
This Saturday is our regular HLAA chapter meeting at 10 AM at the Sanderson Center. Hope you’ll be there. We’ll have refreshments, too!
Our January book group was canceled due to snow so we are discussing Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Book Store by Robin Sloan March 18th instead. We meet at the Sanderson Center at 10 – 11:30 AM in classroom B/C with the hearing loop and live captioning. Please join us. It’s a wonderful book and the discussion is sure to be a good one.
HLAA-SLC alternates meetings and the book club and/or socials. We’re starting off 2017 with the book club, January 21st from 10am-11:30. It will be held at the Sanderson Center to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in classroom B/C with the loop and captioning for the discussion. This months book is Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Book Store by Robin Sloan.
Goodreads says: “The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls.”
Grab the book and come visit us January 21st. It’s totally accessible to those with hearing loss and of course family and friends are welcome to come too.
The HLAA Salt Lake City chapter had its winter social last weekend. It was another wonderful potluck social and our now traditional white elephant gift exchange.
There’s nothing like socializing with others who are hard of hearing also. We enjoyed each others company immensely.
HLAA-SLC has two potluck socials a year; one in July and another in December. Our 2017 meeting schedule is posted to the left. There are some topics yet to be announced (TBA) and we’ll update as soon as we can. All our meetings are captioned and most of our meetings in 2017 will be in the looped room at the Sanderson Center to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
We have two very special events in 2017. Mark calendars!
The Better Speech and Hearing Expo on May 20th from 9 Am – 5 PM at the Sanderson Center. Loop Utah and HLAA-SLC are coming to together to create a day of learning and fun. Stay tuned for more information.
The national HLAA convention will be here in Salt Lake City June 22-25. All workshops are captioned and have hearing loops. The exhibit hall has many wonders and that part of the convention is free to all.
Our next HLAA-SLC gathering will be our book club. The book is House Girl by Tara Conklin.
The Goodreads review says:
“Virginia, 1852. Seventeen-year-old Josephine Bell decides to run from the failing tobacco farm where she is a slave and nurse to her ailing mistress, the aspiring artist Lu Anne Bell. New York City, 2004. Lina Sparrow, an ambitious first-year associate in an elite law firm, is given a difficult, highly sensitive assignment that could make her career: she must find the “perfect plaintiff” to lead a historic class-action lawsuit worth trillions of dollars in reparations for descendants of American slaves.
It is through her father, the renowned artist Oscar Sparrow, that Lina discovers Josephine Bell and a controversy roiling the art world: are the iconic paintings long ascribed to Lu Anne Bell really the work of her house slave, Josephine? A descendant of Josephine’s would be the perfect face for the reparations lawsuit—if Lina can find one. While following the runaway girl’s faint trail through old letters and plantation records, Lina finds herself questioning her own family history and the secrets that her father has never revealed: How did Lina’s mother die? And why will he never speak about her?
Moving between antebellum Virginia and modern-day New York, this searing, suspenseful and heartbreaking tale of art and history, love and secrets, explores what it means to repair a wrong and asks whether truth is sometimes more important than justice.”
We will meet in the looped room, classroom B/C, at the Sanderson Center from 10 AM to 11:30. CART will be available for the meeting, please join us!
HLAA-SLC met yesterday from 10a-noon at the Sanderson Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Our topic was Asking for Accommodations. Kathy led the discussion talking about; the difference kinds of advocacy, finding the right person to ask to receive accommodations and filing complaints where needed to enforce the ADA.
Here’s the list of advocacy resources she passed out to everyone.
Federal Communications Commission – FCC
- Website: https://www.fcc.gov
- Regulate interstate and international communications
- Establish policy
- Process Complaints
- See For Consumers tab for most of our needs
- Find details by using Search box
- Try typing in Hearing Loss and see what comes up
- Closed Captioning problems? See the FCC VPD registry (Video Programming Distributor) at http://esupport.fcc.gov/vpd-search/search.action#scrollThere to see how to contact the offending station or company.
Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
Americans with Disabilities Act – ADA
Air Carrier Access Act
Zoo, Education and Parks (Salt Lake County funding from tax dollars)
Resources for talking points – then add your own story or experience:
Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) at http://hearingloss.org/
American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)
American Academy of Audiologists at http://audiology.org