Thursday, December 13, 2012

New members - what do you do?

When a person is visiting the chapter, do you have a procedure in place to welcome them? If they join the organization, do you have a plan for orienting them to the organization? Please let us know.

Happy Holidays to you and your families.

--Elizabeth LeBarron
HLAA State and Chapter Coordinator

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Matchmakers?

In the September edition of their newsletter, the HLAA San Antonio Chapter writes that two members who met a chapter meeting last year are getting married. Has this happened at the chapter you are involved in? Let us know!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Register for upcoming IRS 501(c)(3) workshops



Take a moment to register for upcoming workshops for small and medium-sized 501(c)(3) organizations in many states.

Each one-day workshop, presented by experienced IRS Exempt Organizations specialists, will explain what 501(c)(3) organizations must do to keep their tax-exempt status and comply with tax obligations. This popular introductory workshop is designed especially for administrators or volunteers who are responsible for an organization's tax compliance as well as those interested in careers in the nonprofit sector.

Registration* is now available for the following workshop locations:

  • ·         Waco, TX (Aug. 28) – hosted by McLennan Community College Continuing Education
  • ·         Louisville, KY (Aug. 28 & 29) – hosted by Kentucky Nonprofit Network at the University of Kentucky
  • ·         Temple, TX (Aug. 29) – hosted by Temple College Division of Business and Community Education
  • ·         Austin, TX (Aug. 30) – hosted by the Center for Community-Based and Nonprofit Organizations at Austin Community College
  • ·         Pittsburgh, PA (Sept. 11) – hosted by Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University
  • ·         Seattle, WA (Sept. 12) – hosted by the Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits & Philanthropy at the University of Washington
  • ·         Philadelphia, PA (Sept. 13) – hosted by Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University
  • ·         Spokane, WA (Sept. 14) – hosted by the Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits & Philanthropy at the University of Washington
  • ·         Chicago, IL (Sept. 18) – hosted by University of Illinois
  • ·         DeKalb, IL (Sept. 20) – hosted by Northern Illinois University – Center for NGO Leadership and Development
  • ·         Rocky Mount, NC (Sept. 25-26) – hosted by East Carolina University and North Carolina State University
  • ·         Portland, OR (Sept. 25) – hosted by the Center for Public/Institute for Nonprofit Management at Portland State University
  • ·         Silver City, NM (Sept. 26) – hosted by Western New Mexico University
  • ·         Boise, ID (Sept. 27) – hosted by Boise State University, College of Business Economics
  • ·         Albuquerque, NM (Sept. 28-29) – hosted by the University of New Mexico: UNM School of Law Clinical Law Programs, UNM Division of Continuing Education, and the UNM School of Public Administration

Friday, June 29, 2012

Wiki Update

Great news, everyone: the Wiki will be disappearing! Leader resources will be moved to the HLAA website www.hearingloss.org. We are studying which documents and pages you use most frequently, updating them, and transferring the materials to the HLAA website. Make sure that you  have signed up for the HLAA portal especially if you the main contact for an HLAA Chapter or State organization. Watch this site for updates about leader resources on the website. Thanks for following this blog!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Convention 2012 Evaluation

Did you join us for the convention in Providence, RI last week? If so, have you completed the evaluation form(s) for the sessions? If  not, there's still time! Click here to fill out the form electronically. If you have additional thoughts you would like to share, you are welcome to send them to me or Nancy Macklin.

Hopefully, we will meet (again) next year in Portland, OR, June 27 - 30, 2013. Go here to start planning your trip!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Are you registered for the HLAA Portal?

View the entire Hearing Loss Magazine the moment we post it - before it hits your mailbox, update your member record, register for future conventions and more by creating your own, password-controlled entryway. Don't be left out; do it TODAY by clicking here or by typing the following address into your Internet browser. https://17291.thankyou4caring.org/

"See" you online!

Monday, May 7, 2012

HLAA Introduces Spokespers​on and National Walk4Heari​ng Business Chair

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 7, 2012

CONTACT:
Nancy Macklin
Director of Events and Marketing
nmacklin@hearingloss.org

HLAA Introduces Spokesperson and National Walk4Hearing Business Chair

Bethesda, MD: The Hearing Loss Association of America® is delighted to introduce its spokesperson and National Walk4Hearing Business Chair, Christopher J. Artinian, former president and chief executive officer of Morton’s Restaurant Group, Inc. The Artinian family was the subject of Sound and Fury which documented their struggle over the decision to provide a cochlear implant for their son born with hearing loss. Mr. Artinian was the keynote speaker at the association’s Convention 2011 where he drove home the point that hearing loss affects the whole family.

In his role as spokesperson and National Walk4Hearing Business Chair, Mr. Artinian will collaborate with HLAA to further the organization’s mission, increasing awareness about hearing loss, a public health issue third in line after heart disease and arthritis. He will be officially introduced to the HLAA’s membership at the Opening Session of Convention 2012 on Thursday, June 21.

Mr. Artinian stated, “I grew up around hearing loss and have seen so many of the challenges ranging from the emotions, education, relationships, technology, and many other related things that impact people with hearing loss. I am proud to be the spokesperson as well as the National Walk4Hearing Business Chair for the Hearing Loss Association of America. We have a son who was born with a profound hearing loss. My wife and I were given the gift of knowledge, education, and resources to help us make the best choices for our son. The HLAA has long supported the notion of making an educated choice - for that I am very proud to help this organization continue to make an impact in helping people with hearing loss improve their quality of life.”

Mr. Artinian is recognized for his role in building Morton’s The Steakhouse into a niche leader and the largest company-owned fine-dining restaurant brand in the world. He was integral in leading and completing a successful sale of Morton’s which recently closed on February 1, 2012. Currently, Mr. Artinian remains deeply passionate and involved in the restaurant industry. He is currently serving in a consulting role and has been invited to share his insight and perspective on restaurants and hospitality.

Mr. Artinian resides in Winnetka, IL, with his wife and their five children. Mr. Artinian attended Villanova University, and is a longtime supporter of the March of Dimes, Rotary Club, Hearing Loss Association of America and various charities related to children with cochlear implants. He is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization, Chicago chapter.

About Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
HLAA opens the world of communication to people with hearing loss through information, education, support, and advocacy. HLAA’s Walk4Hearing is the largest walk of its kind in the country that raises awareness and helps to eradicate the stigma associated with hearing loss. Walks are held in multiple cities across the country. Since 2006, over 26,000 walkers have stepped up and helped raise funds for programs and services for people with hearing loss and their families. In addition to the Walk4Hearing, HLAA publishes Hearing Loss Magazine, holds annual Conventions (Convention 2012, Providence, RI, June 21 – 24), and has an extensive network of chapters and state organizations. The headquarters is located at 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200, Bethesda, MD 20814. Phone: 301.657.2248.

HLAA not SHHH

Please discontinue using the SHHH name in your materials such as fliers, websites, newsletters, etc. As you may know, we changed our name to Hearing Loss Association of America in 2006, to help signify who the organization represents (you!). Please using the Hearing Loss Association of America name and help move us forward to becoming a household name.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

990 due by May 15th - revised ($50K or less income)

Please note the following, revised instructions, taken from the IRS Website.

Most small tax-exempt organizations whose annual gross receipts are normally $50,000 or less ($25,000 for tax years ending after December 31, 2007 and before December 31, 2010) are required to electronically submit Form 990-N, also known as the e-Postcard, unless they choose to file a complete Form 990 or Form 990-EZ instead.

Thanks very much.

Elizabeth

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Challenge Is On! - May 4 deadline



The Challenge Is On!
HLAA Montgomery County MD Chapter Issues a Challenge…for the 4th Year!

The HLAA Montgomery County, Maryland Chapter issues a challenge to all Chapters and State associations to help bring more people to HLAA’s Convention 2012.

If you have been to an HLAA Convention, you know it is an event not to be missed. However, there are people who really want to go, but need financial support to get there.

For the fourth consecutive year, HLA-Montgomery County MD Chapter (HLA-MC) is again issuing a challenge to Chapters and State associations to send donations (in increments of $500) to the HLAA Chapter Challenge fund to help send as many people to Convention 2012 as possible. HLAA National received 24 applications and has awarded 11 scholarships from the following: Rocky Stone Endowment (1), Starkey Hearing Technologies (6), Bob Branigin Fund (2), HLAA’s Boston (Hear@Boston) Chapter (2) and HLAA’s Montgomery County Chapter (1). We need 13 more scholarships! Let’s see what we can do to bring all of them to Convention 2012!

HLA of MC originated the Challenge by giving $500 of their proceeds from the Washington DC Walk4Hearing® to the convention scholarship fund. That first year, everyone who applied for a scholarship received one. The idea caught on! We hope Chapters and State associations with funds from the HLAA Walk4Hearing® or other fundraisers will consider financing a scholarship.

Members remembering their first convention experience know this a life-changing experience. It is an opportunity to absorb information and education to live better with hearing loss, to grow personally and professionally, to socialize with other people with hearing loss, to experience cutting-edge technology, and to attend workshops accessible with CART and assistive listening systems.

Each scholarship recipient will receive a full-activity registration package. Please take the challenge and let us know you accept by May 4, 2012. Checks should be sent to HLAA, Attn: Nancy Macklin, 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200, Bethesda, MD 20814.
 
Hope to see you in June!

The Steering Committee
HLA Montgomery County (MD) Chapter
Bethesda, Maryland

Friday, April 20, 2012

IRS Form 990 Due By May 15

Is your Chapter or State organization due to submit a 990 soon?

The IRS requires all nonprofits to file 990 tax forms, and most HLAA Chapters and State organizations must file by May 15. (Some are required to file by October 15.) This regulation mostly impacts small nonprofits with budgets under $25,000 — they now must file a 990 form — previously they were not required to do so.

2007 federal legislation required most tax exempt organizations with annual revenues under $25,000 to begin filing a brief form of the IRS 990 annual return - known as the 990N or the "e-postcard'. Previously these groups had been exempted from annual filing requirements.




Compliance is relatively easy - the filing is done electronically and links to more information, an explanation of the requirement, the form itself, and frequently asked questions, are on the IRS website (www.irs.gov).

The information required is limited to eight items:
1. Employer identification number (EIN), also known as a Taxpayer
Identification Number (TIN).
2. Tax year
3. Legal name and mailing address
4. Any other names the organization uses
5. Name and address of a principal officer
6. Web site address if the organization has one
7. Confirmation that the organization's annual gross receipts are normally $25,000 or less
8. If applicable, a statement that the organization has terminated or is terminating (going out of business)


In 2011, the IRS revoked the tax exempt status of 15 HLAA Chapters for failing to file the form  three years in a row. These revoked chapters must submit a lengthy form and pay a fine in order to regain their tax exemption.

Please file your organization's form now while you are thinking about it.







Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Chapter and State Workshops Schedule Posted

The schedule of workshops specifically for HLAA Chapters and State organizations is now available on the HLAA website. Click here to see the schedule. New this year are "office hours;" 15-minute, one-on-one sessions with me to discuss an idea, get feedback or ask questions. Please schedule your time as soon as possible - there are only 5 spots available!

Not registered yet for Convention? There's still time! Click here to sign up!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

AWARDS Due by April 11; Report from Bethesda - March

Hello, Chapter and State leaders and coordinators!

Reminder: 2012 Awards Nominations are due by April 11, next Wednesday. For a list of award descriptions and nomination forms, click here.

Report from Bethesda is from HLAA Executive Director Brenda Battat for HLAA state and chapter leaders. The report highlights activities of the national office thought to be of interest to members. Please share all or part of this report in your newsletters, websites, and at your monthly meetings. Also, please include any news you print from this report with the following statement:

This information is provided by the national organization of the Hearing Loss Association of America. For more information about HLAA national advocacy and public policy work, Hearing Loss Magazine, HLAA e-News, annual conventions, the Walk4Hearing, and more, go to http://www.hearingloss.org/.
Report from Bethesda –March 2012
Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)

News Flash
The Hearing Loss Magazine is now online! This is a great new benefit for our HLAA members. You can read it on mobile devices or on your computers before it arrives in mailboxes. There is no need to miss it when you away on business or vacation because it is always there for real time-reference and enjoyment. You will still receive the printed magazine; this is just an additional benefit for members. The magazine is accessed through the HLAA Online Portal.
You're Invited to Sign-Up for HLAA's Online Portal, It's free!
Whether you want to opt-in to receive the HLAA e-News, maintain your membership information, or register for the HLAA Convention --it can all be done through the HLAA Online Portal.

All you need to do is find the “Login” button on the right-hand side of the homepage of www.hearingloss.org.and create a User ID and Password. Once your login has been created, you can edit your record anytime.

If you already receive Hearing Loss Magazine or the online HLAA e-News, it doesn’t mean that you automatically have a login for the HLAA Online Portal.

Through the HLAA Online Portal you can:

. See the latest issue of Hearing Loss Magazine before it hits your mailbox (HLAA members only). Note: you will still receive the printed magazine in the mail.

· Choose what types of messages you want to receive from us.

· Update your email and mailing address and phone number.

· If you are a member, view your membership information such as the expiration date.

· Review your donation history and get receipts.

· Register for HLAA Convention 2012, courses and training.

· And there will be more to come.

If you’re reading this and are not a member of HLAA and would like to become a member, you can do so online at www.hearingloss.org, or by calling 301.657-2248.

State and Chapter Development
The HLAA California State Association held a successful conference in Oakland, February 17 and 18, 2012, with 120 people attending. A leadership training workshop attended by 35 California chapter leaders was conducted by Mary Clark (NM) and assisted by HLAA Executive Director Brenda Battat who also was the speaker at the Opening Session. Workshops were divided into tracks: Parents, and Managing Hearing Loss and Technology. Thirty vendors exhibited. Awards were given to John Waldo, Esq. (WA), Linda Drattell (CA) and Rick Rutherford (CA) for their successful outcome in the Cinemark lawsuit that led to a big step forward in securing captioning in movie theaters.

The Manhattan Chapter held a Children’s Hearing Summit March 10, 2012, at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. This was an age-specific seminar for parents of children with hearing loss. Collaborators were Weill C. Cornell Medical College, HLA NY State Association, Children’s Hearing Institute, Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, the Center for Hearing and Communication and the Westchester (NY) HLAA Chapter. Thirty parents attended and were given the information they need to help their children succeed.

This spring, HLAA and the Montgomery County (MD) HLAA Chapter are sponsoring a ten-week Speechreading and Communication Strategies course at national headquarters in Bethesda. This beginner’s course covers the basics of speechreading as well as critical communication strategies needed to enhance communication for individuals with hearing loss and their spouses. Dr. Scott J. Bally, HLAA consultant for aural rehabilitation is teaching the course which filled up quickly. Dr. Bally recently retired after 33 years at Gallaudet University and co-authored the world’s best-selling book on speechreading, Speechreading: A Way to improve Understanding. Additional courses will be offered as long as there is continuing interest within the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

Audio Looped Performance
HLAA organized an audio looped performance at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall Voices of Light, performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. This is an oratorio composed by Richard Einhorn to accompany Theodor Dreyer’s silent movie The Passion of Joan of Arc. This year is the 700 anniversary of Joan of Arc’s birth and the piece is being performed all over the world. Richard Einhorn is a member of HLAA and the Manhattan (NYC) Chapter who lost his hearing suddenly. Some HLAA Board members took advantage of being in town for the spring board meeting in Bethesda to attend as well as other HLAA-area members who enjoyed being able to hear through the loop. A reception with the composer and HLAA-invited guests followed the concert. Richard Einhorn will be featured on the cover of the May/June Hearing Loss Magazine.

HLAA Convention 2012 in Providence, Rhode Island
June 21-24, Register at www.hearingloss.org

HLAA is pleased to announce that Dave Myers, Ph.D., will be the keynote speaker at the Opening Session. Many know Dr. Myers from the 2nd International Hearing Loop Conference held in 2011. A social psychologist at Hope College, Dr. Myers is the author of 17 books, which include psychology textbooks and A Quiet World: Living with Hearing Loss. He is the creator of hearingloop.org and, since 2002, the author of 30 articles which advocate assistive listening that is directly hearing-aid-compatible.

As previously advertised, Howard Weinsten was to be the keynote speaker but due to unforeseen circumstances he will not be able to travel to the United States in June.

Leadership Training
The HLAA Leadership Training will be held October 5-7, 2012, in Bethesda, Maryland. Applications will be distributed soon. Please let chapters in your area know about the training so that they can start thinking about new and potential chapter/state leaders who might apply. The training is for leaders and potential leaders who have not had the benefit of leadership training in the past. The training is two-and-a-half days with all expenses covered.

HLAA Advocacy Activity
HLAA Executive Director Brenda Battat was invited to do two workshops on assistive technology (hearing loops) “Beyond the Hearing Aid” for members of the Elite Hearing Network (EHN) at their Business Summit in Maui, Hawaii, January 9-– 12, 2012. The EHN’s parent company is Amplifon, a hearing aid manufacturer based in Italy. The Summit brought together hearing aid manufacturers plus audiologists and hearing aid specialists in private practice or non-profit clinics to provide the most up-to-date information on hearing technology and business practices. Some 900 people attended which made this a good opportunity to network and to represent consumers and their needs.

HLAA has collected examples of federal employment policies that put up barriers to hiring for people with hearing loss to present to the Office of Personnel Management. HLAA staff was successful in getting the Department of Justice to change its testing requirements so that employees may now wear their hearing aids when being tested for hearing loss. We are advocating for other agencies to follow the same qualification testing practices. To view HLAA policy statement on qualification testing go to the page where our policy statements are housed.

http://www.hearingloss.org/content/policy-statements, then scroll down to Job Qualification Testing.

The Ida Institute is an independent, non-profit organization that works to foster a better understanding of the human dynamics associated with hearing loss. On March 29, 2012, at the American Academy of Audiology, Audiology Now conference in Boston, the Oticon Foundation and the Ida Institute launched a global initiative to find innovative ideas to inspire action and raise public awareness for hearing loss. The global online competition to solicits world-changing ideas to raise awareness of hearing loss and encourage persons with hearing loss to take action and live life to the fullest.

HLAA accepted the invitation from the Ida Institute to be a member of the VIP selection committee of the competition to select the winners of the ideas to increase awareness about hearing loss.

The Challenge: More than 250 million people worldwide have hearing loss. Yet all previous attempts to raise awareness about hearing loss have not had a great impact. The press and the public have not been captured by initiatives to generate broad public awareness.

The Goal: The idea competition is designed to involve hearing care professionals, students, patients, families and the general public in a joint effort to create ideas that can raise awareness for hearing loss. The idea competition runs from March 2012 to April 2013. Post, share and comment on project ideas by visiting www.awarenessforhearingloss.com

March 16, 2012, was the effective date for the Department of Justice’s 2010 Standards for Accessible Design in the Americans with Disabilities Act. The original standards were revised setting a minimum – both scoping and technical – to ensure that public accommodations, commercial facilities, and state and local governments are accessible to people with disabilities including people with hearing loss. New standards impacting communication access include new requirements for assistive listening systems, visual alarms, hotel access and TTYs (already obsolete). The following is a brief summary of the key standards that impact people with hearing loss:

Section 219 requires assistive listening systems in spaces where communication is integral to the space and audio amplification is provided, and in courtrooms.

Section 219 required percentage of receivers declines as the size of the facility increases. Required are at least 25 percent, but no fewer than two, of the receivers to be hearing aid compatible – (for example neck loops and silhouettes). Assembly areas with an induction loop will not have to provide hearing aid compatible receivers.

Assistive listening systems are required to have standard mono jacks. Also specify sound pressure level, signal to noise ratio and peak clipping level.

Assembly areas must post signs at each auditorium to inform patrons that ALS are available.

Section 224 and 806: Guest rooms with communication features much be equipped with a fire alarm system that includes permanently installed audible and visible alarms in accordance with the NRPA 72 National Fire Alarm Code

To view the new standards go to http://www.ada.gov/2010ADAstandards_index.htm. The standards will be covered in more detail in the Director of Public Policy Lise Hamlin’s column in the May/June 2012 Hearing Loss Magazine. We are delighted that many of HLAA’s recommendations have been incorporated into the new regulations.

HLAA’s Comments on the United HealthCare Direct-to-Consumer Hearing Aid ProgramUnited HealthCare® introduced a low-cost, direct-to-consumer hearing aid benefit program hi HealthInnovations. HLAA’s position on this new development is being frowned upon by audiologists and hearing aid specialists. Some hearing aid manufacturers are also receiving complaints from their hearing health care network and therefore have to reconsider their support of HLAA.

The HLAA response to concerns we receive about this issue is in the letter that follows. The letter was also sent to chapter and state leaders so that they know our position should they hear concerns from hearing health care providers in their communities. This letter is also on www.hearingloss.org under HLAA Updates on the home page.

Message to Audiologists, Hearing Aid Specialists, Hearing Aid ManufacturersBy Brenda Battat, HLAA Executive DirectorThank you for expressing your concerns about the direct to consumer United HealthCare® hi HealthInnovations program.

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) has not joined audiologists, hearing aid specialists, and hearing aid manufacturers in their opposition to the new United HealthCare direct service to consumers. Our stance is to give innovative programs such as this one a chance. Why are we saying this?

Hearing loss is a leading public health concern with 17 percent of American adults (36 million) reporting being affected. Left untreated, especially among seniors, hearing loss impacts a person’s overall health, leading to conditions such as social isolation, depression, and possibly dementia. Yet, fewer than 20 percent of people with hearing loss seek treatment and obtain hearing aids. While there are a number of reasons for lack of attention to this condition, the primary barrier is the cost of hearing health care services and especially hearing aids. It is certainly the most common call that comes into the HLAA office each day; the number one page visited on the HLAA website is how to get financial help to purchase a hearing aid; and the number one advocacy priority that emerged from surveys conducted as part of the recent HLAA Board of Trustees strategic planning process was to focus on accessible and affordable hearing health care.

Then there are the hidden costs of hearing loss and lack of access to hearing health care. Making it easier to seek help and afford hearing aids is a way to manage the total quality of life and the health care costs of millions of people with hearing loss. We need to open more doors and lower the hurdles to seeking and receiving hearing health care. There has been a paradigm shift with more options for hearing screenings via mobile apps, the Internet and development of innovative screening tools. Consumers are handling their own health care, including hearing health care, in different ways taking more control. We expect in the future to see software developed for people to make programming adjustments to their hearing aids and cochlear implants.

The Hearing Loss Association of America agrees that face-to-face interaction with a health care professional to obtain personalized fitting of hearing aids as well as follow up services is the ideal situation. However, this approach operates as burden for a vast majority of adults with hearing loss who simply do not seek treatment. The cost factor is one major burden. In addition, the existing societal stigma means that a large number of these individuals simply may be more comfortable screening their hearing proficiency in the privacy of their homes. In this day and age, it is very common for people to assess their health care needs by doing online research and self-evaluation before visiting a health care professional.

The online hearing test offered by UnitedHealthcare’s hi HealthInnovations is likely to provide an entry point to treatment for individuals with hearing loss who avoid going directly to a hearing health care professional. Once these people see the results of the online test, many will take further action to address their hearing loss. This applies both to those who are found to be candidates for the open-fit hearing aids for which the hi HealthInnovations program is designed and for those who are advised that their hearing condition requires personalized care and treatment. In fact, individuals who are deemed unsuitable candidates by the test are specifically referred to an audiologist within or outside the United HealthCare network. Increasing the number of people who seek treatment for their hearing loss either under the program or by other means is clearly a positive outcome for consumers.

The HLAA Board of Trustees met and reviewed the information on the UHC/HI program in interaction with Dr. Lisa Tseng, CEO, hi HealthInnovations, and concluded that alternative delivery models and options are needed for some people who would otherwise not seek the services of a hearing professional. HLAA has always encouraged consumers to work closely with a hearing health care professional they trust as the best way to become a successful hearing aid user and will continue to do so. However, because of the multitude of approaches available to consumers to address their specific health care needs today and because not all individuals will need the same level of care HLAA is recommending caution with trying to shut down innovative models that might be a viable alternative for some people.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Attract Snowbirds and Other Travelers

In discussing how HLAA displays Chapter and State organizations' meeting locations and other information, someone wondered aloud whether their members ever visit other HLAA affiliates when they travel. How about you? Do you visit other HLAA affiliates when you travel? Do you encourage your members to? How do you identify "snowbirds" at your meetings? Inquiring minds want to know!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Discounted Registration for HLAA Annual Convention 2012

Just a reminder to register for Convention as a Chapter/State Delegate by March 31. Through that date, delegate registration is just $150. On April 1, the rate disappears!

To register, click here or paste this address into your browser: go to http://www.hearingloss.org/content/convention.

To those of you who have registered already, thank you!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Words to the Wise - from a fellow Chapter leader

Words to the Wise

This opinion piece arrived in December, too late for the January/February 2012 edition of Hearing Loss Magazine. The information still applies to people with hearing loss year-round, not just during the holidays. Special thanks to Marjie Anderson, secretary of the Clearwater Chapter in Florida, for contributing the text.

I understand the reasons that some people with hearing loss might want a bumper sticker for their car to identify them as having only partial hearing. I see the problem of letting the "right" people know what a sticker means will also eventually get to the "wrong" people as well. There was a period of time when people with the wheelchair on their license tag were being car-jacked on a regular basis (and that's when many states changed to hang tags so that drivers could put them away if their car is not parked.)

I also really like the idea of registering with your E-911 system for home. In addition, it doesn't hurt to go down to your local police and fire departments (bring cookies and they will really be happy to listen to you), explain that you have a hearing loss (which also reminds them to watch out for you on the road since you can't hear their sirens) and of course let them know where you live. At Christmas time, send them a card that is signed and then says something like "The lady who doesn’t hear so well at 123 Main Street." That will both help them remember and get you better care if you need them because they know you.

I wear a MedicAlert® bracelet for medical issues, but it also says "deaf" on it. That way it addresses my biggest peeve about being assessed with head injury, instead of my ears not working if I were to be injured in a car wreck.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Web sites - What Do You Use?

Hi, everyone.

Does your Chapter/State organization have a website? If so, what platform do you use? Would you be willing to share your experience here on this blog? Many leaders have expressed interest in having a website but don't know where to begin. They (and I!) would be grateful for your input on the topic.

I hope that the New Year brings you good health and happiness.

--Elizabeth LeBarron