Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Chapter and State Logos Available

Chapter and State Logos are now available on You can find them here.

Thank you for your patience while we worked to address issues with the previous set of new logos. We appreciate all of your feedback! Please keep in mind that Logo Guidelines are not available with the new logo just yet, but will be soon. We ask that when using the current logo, you please do not manipulate it in any way (stretching it out, using it in or on top of other graphics, adding additional text, etc.). When guidelines are available, we will post them and ask that you read them carefully and adhere to them. 

If you are ordering materials from Iron Mark using the Online Store, it is going to take longer to update these materials. Thank you for your continued patience and we will let you know as soon as materials are available through Iron Mark with new logos.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

HLAA is delighted to award the Shubert Organization with the 2018 HLAA National Access Award at our HLAA2018 Convention this June in Minneapolis!

Read about how HLAA member and New York State Association president Jerry Bergman teamed up with the Shubert Organization to provide captioning access at Broadway shows in NPR's article: It's OK To Look At Your Phone At A Broadway Show, If Your Hearing Is Impaired

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Affordable CART for HLAA Chapters and State Organizations

Great news for our Chapters and State organizations! HLAA and the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) have teamed up to provide HLAA Chapters and State Organizations affordable CART at a significantly reduced rate.

Here’s how it works
NCRA certified members must earn 30 CEUs per three-year cycle, 10 of which can be from pro bono service (Professional Development Credits, PDC) to HLAA Chapters.

NCRA will notify their certified members of the opportunity to earn PDC credits by offering pro bono service to HLAA Chapters nationwide. Contact information for NCRA members interested in providing pro bono service for an HLAA Chapter, will be forwarded to the HLAA National Chapter Coordinator who will connect them with an HLAA Chapter.

CART Captioners will complete the application for CEUs/PDCs and pay the $40 fee directly to NCRA (via online form). This one-time payment will account for CART services for every 10-hour cycle. The provider will submit the receipt for payment to the HLAA Chapter’s treasurer for reimbursement.

HLAA Chapters will work individually with the CART captioner to determine specific requirements such as on-site vs. remote captioning, logging hours worked, and reimbursement for the submission fee.

Please contact Erin Mirante, National Chapter Coordinator at with any questions. In the meantime, we will look forward to connecting you with NCRA certified members for affordable CART captioning!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Save the ADA! HLAA Opposes Misguided, Damaging H.R. 620

The House of Representatives will vote this week on H.R.620.

We need your help to stop it!
Hearing Loss Association of America is opposed to the passage of H.R.620.

Big business is trying to bamboozle the House and the American public into supporting an unnecessary law misleadingly titled the “ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017” (H.R.620) that would make it even harder for people with disabilities who have been waiting to listen to the same programs, use the same restrooms, shop at the same department stores, and eat at the same restaurants as our non-disabled friends and family members, for almost 30 years!

They say the law is needed to help local “mom and pop” shops, while behind the scenes, powerful trade associations for wealthy corporations—everything from multinational hotel chains to big box stores and corporate coffee shops—are pulling the strings in an effort to gain support for regressive rollbacks to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). This opens the door to not only dismantling the ADA, but other civil rights laws as well.Write your US House Representative Today

Please contact your House Representative (and others from your state) and encourage them to stay strong in their opposition to H.R.620 and any “notice and cure” bill, as a rollback of civil rights. SAVE THE ADA!

  •  Go to Contacting Congress using your zip code to find out how to reach your House representative via e-mail, phone, Facebook, Twitter, fax, etc.
  •  Call your Representative using the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. They will help you find your Representative’s name, and switch you to their office. If you know your Representative’s name, you can use the House of Representatives phone list.

Sample Script:

"Hello, my name is _________. I’m a constituent from [your state], zip code [your zip code]. I am opposed to H.R. 620 and any change to the equal access protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act. I strongly encourage Representative [add the last name of your US House Representative] to oppose any reform efforts. Thank you."

Monday, February 5, 2018

“Dear Abby” Thinks HLAA Chapters are Pretty Terrific

Get Ready for Dear Abby this Saturday, February 10

Dear HLAA Chapter Leaders and Members,

I was informed that this Saturday, February 10, Dear Abby’s syndicated column features a letter from someone with a hearing loss who is not adjusting well. Dear Abby recommends that the writer seek out an HLAA Chapter for support by visiting our website,

We will prepare a slide on our website with Abby’s photo linking people to the Find a Chapter page. Let’s hope you have an uptick in inquiries. Let’s hope we are able to reach more people who need help and hope.

Congratulations on your good work in communities across the country. Dear Abby does not just make recommendations without a vetting process. Thank you for all your hard work, on your own time, to ensure that people know there is place where it’s okay not to hear well.

With appreciation,

Barbara Kelley
Executive Director
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Download the iHEARu app today!

The iHEARu mobile app uses crowd-sourcing to help you find locations with noise levels that suit your needs. If you're looking for a quiet eatery, bar or cafe the iHEARu GPS will help you find it. If you're looking for public or commercial spaces that offer assistive listening options, our mobile app can locate those too.
This just in from iHEARu:

Calling all Hearo's

Our San Francisco campaign is in FULL SWING! Go out and take readings during San Francisco Restaurant Week, January 22nd - 31st, to be eligible for cash prizes, physical prizes, and social media shout-outs!

We will be making contributions to the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) AND to Chefsgiving proportional to the number of recordings taken during the week, no matter where the recording is taken. That means that taking a recording in Seattle or Boston can help towards San Francisco's recording goal! 

Not only can you win prizes and help donate money by taking recordings this week, but the data collected from this endeavor help a greater noise mapping project that benefits countless others.


Still need help taking a recording or want to learn more? Have no fear! Check out for captioned video links explaining how to take a recording in real time.

We're sending a rallying cry to local HLAA chapters, audiology students, and citizen scientists like yourself to get involved.

Join them and check us out on our social media platforms to stay up to date on our movement.
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Monday, January 29, 2018

Chapter Logos


We understand that there have been problems with chapter logos, especially when using them in publications. We are working on updating all of the Chapter/State logos so that you are able to use them. We hope this change will address existing problems like legibility of chapter names and font sizing. 

Please hold off on any major printing you might have planned to do with the current logo (brochures, signs, table cloths, etc.) If necessary, you can use logos that are available now, but keep in mind that they will be changing. We will let you know as soon as updated logos are available. 


Monday, January 22, 2018

Chapter Updates - January 2018

Chapter and State Logos Now Available
The moment you've been waiting for! Chapter and State logos are now available on Find your logo here

If you do not see your logo, this could be because your chapter is listed as a support group with the organization. Support groups do not have a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and are not permitted to brand themselves using the HLAA logo. Contact me directly at if you are an officially recognized HLAA chapter and your logo is not listed on the page.

We ask that when using the logo, please adhere to the Logo Guidelines and Policies document. For help and assistance with your logo, email 

HLAA2018 Call for Papers and Awards
Attending HLAA2018 and interested in presenting a workshop? The Call for Papers deadline for the State/Chapter room at this year’s Convention has been extended to Friday, January 26. 

Awards nominations are also being accepted until Friday, January 26. If you have someone you know who deserves recognition, don’t miss out on the opportunity to nominate them for a Chapter/State Award! After Friday, January 26 we will no longer accept awards nominations. Find more information below.

HLAA Awards - Deadline extended to Friday, January 26
Call for Papers - Please contact me directly for information on how to submit a workshop proposal by or before Friday, January 26

Receive Lists Automatically
HLAA will provide a mailing list of members to chapter and state leaders who have submitted the HLAA List Use Agreement Form. Chapter and State Organizations now have the opportunity to automatically receive a monthly report based on criteria from submitted List Use Agreements. If you would like to receive an automatic, monthly report from the HLAA national office every month, please let us know. Reports contain important information on new and renewing members, and provide a way to keep membership within chapters as current as possible as well as to identify other HLAA members living close to your chapter or state organization.

Contact if you would like to automatically receive reports. If you do not already have a List Use Agreement on file with us, please submit this with your request for a monthly report. If you are unsure if you have submitted a List Use Agreement already, let us know and we will check our files. Please keep in mind that the criteria you use when submitting your List Use Agreement for monthly reports is the same criteria we will use on each report. If you would like to see criteria changed on your report, you will have to submit a new List Use Agreement.

UMP Participants Please Verify UMP Reports
If you have not done so already, please take a moment to verify the information in your UMP report to account for new and renewing HLAA members from 9/01/2017-12/31/2017. This email was sent on Friday, January 12 with the subject line “X Chapter Unified Membership Report – December 2017”. 

We ask that you reply to this email and:
· Review the UMP report and please reach out to me with any questions.
· Confirm the mailing address to mail the check.
·Reply the email to me no later than Friday, January 26 confirming that the report, check amount, and mailing address are all correct. We will not be able to mail you your check without this confirmation.

If you have not received UMP emails from me, please contact me directly ASAP.

Thank you for all that you do!
Erin Mirante
National Chapter Coordinator

Friday, January 19, 2018

Message from the Executive Director

Message from the Executive Director
  •         Unified Membership Program
  •         CART for Chapters
  •         New Logo and Brochures

Dear Chapter Leaders,

For those chapters who participate in the Unified Membership Program, there is a recent change in the revenue-sharing portion. We piloted the program in 2014 to share revenue with chapters and to give you a recruitment tool. We knew that we would have to evaluate and test it along the way.

The percentage of revenue shared was not equal for all membership levels; therefore, to make it simpler and equal, we instituted a 20 percent revenue share rate effective January 1, 2018.  This keeps our record keeping simple across the board. There has been no increase in membership rates.

As all of our chapters participating in the Unified Membership Program know by now, rebate rates are changing beginning in 2018. A full breakdown of rates has been provided to every participating chapter in the program along with final membership reports for 2017. These reports were sent out via email on Thursday, January 11.   

We apologize if you believe you were not notified earlier of this change. We try our best to communicate, but with people getting their news by different methods, we don’t always reach everyone.

Please encourage people to subscribe to this blog for a one-stop chapter news source. It’s easy, just sign up and no login needed. When news is posted it is delivered to your email address.

Our intention is to never keep our chapters in the dark, and definitely not to limit the resources we are able to offer you on the national level. For additional questions, please contact National Chapter Coordinator Erin Mirante at

What’s to Come?
We are working with the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) on a program that will provide CART to HLAA Chapters at a greatly reduced rate. We have a meeting with NCRA next week. More details to come.

New logos: Our designer is working on getting all the chapter logos prepared. Stay tuned for updates. When we have new brochures printed we will send each chapter a small supply compliments of CapTel who is sponsoring this outreach to HLAA Chapters. For now, please use the supply you have even if it’s the old logo. This is a phase-in period.

Thank You
That is one expression I don’t say enough. You reach places we can’t from Bethesda. On your own time, and with your passion and energy, you make your communities better places for people with hearing loss.

With Appreciation,
Barbara Kelley
Executive Director

Follow me on Twitter @Bkelley_HLAA