Communication Challenges: Embracing Your Family’s Normal

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Please join us for a unique meeting from your HLAA chapter on Saturday, May 20 10 AM to noon at the Sanderson Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 5709 South 1500 West, Taylorsville.

After a short session all together, we’ll have the hearing family members meet together to discuss what communication challenges are like for them, and how they can handle them to have better results. 

At the same time, the hard of hearing people will meet together, with listening assistance and captioning, to explore their communication and relationship challenges caused by their hearing loss. Both groups will look for creative, positive ways to improve their time together.

Following the discussion sessions, we’ll all meet back together and enjoy a wonderful lunch, provided by the chapter and prepared by Charla and Kevin Dolan.

Please come and please invite hearing people that are important in your life (spouse, parents, siblings, mature children, co-worker, employer, friend). May is Better Speech and Hearing month – what better way to celebrate than to find ways to make your speaking and hearing times . . . well . . . better!

Technology Meeting Saturday the 15th

 

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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!

HLAA-SLC Book Club March 18th

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.

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HLAA-SLC Book Club January 21st

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.

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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.

Merry Christmas 2016!

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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.

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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.

Book Club Nov 19: House Girl

Our next HLAA-SLC gathering will be our book club.  The book is House Girl by Tara Conklin.

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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!