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Signing Santa Claus Is Coming To Town!

Join KCDHH for holiday fun and bring your Christmas wishlist to Santa! Please CLICK on the following link for details: Signing Santa!

Message From HLAA Nashville Chapter

Hi everyone!

Fall leaves, pumpkin spice, turkey ... yes, Thanksgiving is almost here! Our next meeting is Saturday, November 10th at Noon. We will have our annual Thanksgiving luncheon with turkey or ham. Please bring a side dish to share -- hot dishes, trimmings, salads, dessert or drinks.

Donice Kaufman, Outreach Manager with Sprint Tennessee Relay Service, will be here to speak on the latest products/services they have to offer for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf/Blind. Please give her a hearty welcome at our meeting!

Meeting will be held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1003 Hickory Hill Lane, Hermitage, TN. We hope to see you there!

Where's The Fast Foward Button? We're Ready For HLAA2019!

We are so excited for HLAA2019 in Rochester, NY from June 20- June 23, 2019. We have some great things in store for next year's Convention so be sure to keep an eye out for more updates this fall! Registration will open December 1, 2018. Please CLICK on the following link for more details: HLAA2019

Volunteers Needed For The Telecare Program

Michelle Niehaus, LCSW Program Administrator for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services KY DBHDID has sent an update on the work of a Study Group on the Needs of Senior Citizens who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Her department has partnered with ElderServe and are recruiting volunteers for the TeleCare program.  Volunteers will have a brief screening and a one hour training.  They will then call a senior between 1 and 5 times a week to check in. Once a pool of volunteers is formed, scheduled training will commence.  After that,  recruitment of Deaf or Hard of Hearing individuals  will take place to receive the calls. Volunteers can be from anywhere but will need to come to Louisville for a screening and training.  Call recipients must be from Jefferson County.

For more information please contact Michelle on (502) 782-6181 (V) or (502) 385-0460 (VP). You can also email to Michelle.Niehaus@ky.gov

Guidance On Preparing Pets And Animals For Disasters And Emergencies

Your pet is an important member of your household and the best way to protect your pet from the stress and disruption of an emergency is to have a disaster pet kit and a plan that includes whether you will stay at home or evacuate during an emergency event. Being ready increases the likelihood of survival for all involved and reduces stress and worry for both pets and their owners. Please CLICK on the following link for details: Guidance

Hearing Health Foundation Operation Regrow

Please CLICK on the following link: Operation Regrow

SERID 2018 Conference In Louisville, KY From  October 11th To 15th 2018

The purpose of SERID Inc. is to hold an annual conference. State Coordinators for the Deaf in the Southeastern United States are responsible for the coordination of the conferences. The target audience includes health professionals, employers, consumers, educators, and other persons interested in issues affecting individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and/or late-deafened; and to further knowledge concerning these issues through publications, studies, and educational programs. Please CLICK on the following link for details: SERID 2018

Somehow/ Somewhere You Connected with HLAA - A Letter From Our Executive Director

Please CLICK on the following link: A Letter From Our Executive Director

The Senate Of The Commonwealth Of Kentucky Recognizes Our Webmaster For Receipt of The HLAA 2017 Chapter Website Award 

Our webmaster, David Robertson, recently received the following statement of recognition, on the motion of Senator Jimmy Higdon, for having been named by the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) as the worthy recipient of its 2017 Chapter Website Award for his outstanding work on chapter website development. Please CLICK on the following link to view the statement: Recognition Statement

Message From KCDHH - Red Cross Volunteer Interpreters Needed!

Please CLICK on the following link for details: Interpreters Needed!

Important News Release: HLAA Strongly Supports Recommendations Of The National Academies Of Sciences, Engineering, And Medicine's Report - 'Hearing Health Care For Adults: Priorities For Improving Access And Affordability'

HLAA strongly supports the recommendations outlined in the Academies’ report. They clearly emphasize that the individual with hearing loss – the consumer – should be the primary focus in the provision of hearing health care. This directly aligns with the mission of HLAA. Please CLICK on the following link for more details: News Release

Accessibility And Translation For Live Shows

Using this mobile app, live shows, theater, music and opera can include everyone, anywhere. Please CLICK on the following link to learn more: App Details

Visor Cards, ICE Cards, Etc. - What They Are, Why You Need Them And Where To Get Them

The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) have visor cards for those in Kentucky. An ICE (In Case of Emergency) Communication Card and a business card for communication are also available. The Visor Communication Card Program is a combined effort of the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) and the Kentucky State Police. The laminated cards, which feature simple traffic signs on the front, with specialized instructions for law enforcement on the back, are being distributed to deaf, oral deaf and hard of hearing consumers throughout Kentucky.Please CLICK on the following link for details: Details

Also read up about the Becky Crawford Memorial Hospital Communication Kit. Please CLICK on the following link: Becky Crawford Memorial Hospital Communication Kit

Also, to find details on Emergency Preparedness, please CLICK on the following link: Emergency Preparedness

American Red Cross: Free Fire Alarms For Deaf And Hard Of Hearing

Did you know that in the interest of reducing injuries and deaths from fires, the American Red Cross is now distributing free fire/smoke alarms to qualifying deaf and hard of hearing Kentuckians? Please CLICK on the following link for details: Free Fire/Smoke Alarms

Get Help Paying For Hearing Aids

Please CLICK on the following link: Help Paying For Hearing Aids

Support Group For Individuals Who Are Hard Of Hearing

Please CLICK on the following link for details: Support Group

Marine Veteran Says HLAA Was A Godsend

Please CLICK on the following link: Marine Veteran Statement

Know Your Rights During Holiday Travel

HLAA is very much aware of the problems of not being able to hear well in the airport or on the plane, and have been working on this for years. There is no denying it has been a long slow process, but we are moving forward. During this holiday season, here is some information that you should familiarize yourself with as you travel. Please CLICK on the following link: Know Your Rights During Holiday Travel

FCC Improves Phone Accessibility For People With Hearing Loss

The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday, October 24 approved updates to various Commission rules for hearing aid compatibility and volume control on wireline and wireless telephones. Please CLICK on the following link for details: FCC Improves Phone Accessibility For People With Hearing Loss

Universal Newborn Hearing Screening To Prevail Under EHDI Act Of 2017

Federal funding for universal newborn hearing screening will prevail until 2022 under the The Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Act of 2017, which officially became law last month. Please CLICK on the following link for details: Universal Newborn Hearing Screening To Prevail

Volunteer For The Listen Up Project! - Heuser Hearing Institute

Every year countless Kentuckians deal with the problems associated with hearing loss and are unable to financially afford the proper care needed to live a normal life. To help fill this void, The Listen Up! Project is creating an opportunity for you or a loved one to volunteer at one of the Heuser Institute's charitable foundations partners around Louisville in exchange for credit towards hearing aids. This pilot program has been made possible by a generous donation from Delta Dental of Kentucky's Make Smiles Happen program. Please CLICK on the following link for more details: Listen Up! Project

Congressman Brett Guthrie's Early Hearing Bill Passes The House. Next Step Is The President's Desk!

The Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act passed the House floor near the start of this month. Please CLICK on the following link for more details: Early Hearing Detection And Intervention Act 

ATTENTION: Do Not Download Apple® iOS 11 If You Use The CAPTEL Mobil App!

Please read the following special notice from the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH): Special Notice

Senate Passes The Over-The-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 Bringing Affordable And Accessible Hearing Health Care Closer to Reality

The U.S. Senate today passed the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017. The bill was already passed by the House of Representatives on July 12. With this groundbreaking legislation Congress has sent a message to America that people with hearing loss need – and deserve – more affordable and accessible hearing health care. Please CLICK on the following link for more details: Over-The-Counter Hearing Aid Act Of 2017

It Is Good To Be Prepared When Pulled Over By The Police

This news article describes an item called The Pullover Pal. It is a pocket type folder that can hold driver’s license, insurance, registration etc. and can be draped over the window for quick access if one is pulled over by the police. This is especially helpful if one might have trouble hearing police instructions and accessing different locations in the vehicle might create anxiety and questions from the officer. Having everything in one place could make things easier and less stressful. Please CLICK on the following link for more details: Article 

You can also purchase Deaf and Hard of Hearing Cards which identify you as HOH/deaf and may ease misunderstandings. Please CLICK on the following link for more information: Cards 

The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) has visor alerts available as well. Please CLICK on the following link to access their website: KCDHH

Major Looping Story In San Francisco Newspaper

Please CLICK on the following link: Looping Story

Millions Of People Need Cheaper Hearing Aids Expert Warns

Barbara Kelley from the Hearing Loss Association of America told NBC News that it is vital for Congress to act to provide millions of hearing-impaired Americans with less expensive, quality hearing aids. Please CLICK on the following link: Interview

City Council Passes Legislation Making Public Meeting & Hearing Spaces Permanently Accessible To Those With Hearing Loss

In a major step forward for both accessibility and civic engagement, the New York City Council passed legislation today requiring that public assembly areas constructed or renovated using City dollars install "Hearing Loop" technology for those with hearing loss.Please CLICK on the following link for more details: City Council Hearing Loop Legislation

Let's Keep Making History...

Please CLICK on the following link: Let's Keep Making History...

More Hearing Loops In Louisville - Read All About It!

Please CLICK on the following link to read this message from Jean Haynes, Coordinator Assistant for Ron Haynes
Hearing Loss Association of America Kentucky Chapters Coordinator: 
More Hearing Loops For Louisville

Join the HearingJourney™ Online Forum

The HearingJourney™ online forum is the premier place to chat, laugh, learn, and share stories about cochlear implants and hearing loss. It has over 30,000 participants, so why not register with it today. Please CLICK on the following link: Online Forum

Act Now! Fight A Serious Attack On The ADA!

The ADA is once again under attack by another "Notification" bill. The bill would erect major barriers to people enforcing their ADA rights gained 26 years ago. This bill is different than before: there is far more support for it, in both parties. Please CLICK on the following link for more details and act now: Act Now! 

HLAA KY Home Chapter Thanks you!

Thank you for helping HLAA KY Home participate in the Kroger Rewards Program. Your participation and assistance is greatly appreciated. Please consider re-enrolling August 1 to keep HLAA KY Home involved. Re-enrollment starts on August 1st. Here is how to re-enroll:

§  Go to www.Kroger.com
§  Click the blue Sign In tab at top of the page.
§  Enter your email address and password and click the blue Sign In tab.
§  From the department menu, click Community, then Community Rewards
§  From Community Rewards, click on the Edit or Re-enroll button.
§  Then, 
a.  Find Organization    (Search by keyword or nonprofit organization number - NPO #)
b.  Select Organization (Click the button to the left of the organization)
c.  Save your Selection (Click the Save button to save your selection.)
§  Call 1-800-KROGERS, Option #3, with questions.  

Your Donation to HLAA Supports Consumer Choice

In October HLAA enthusiastically endorsed a new report to the President focused on new innovations in hearing device technology and increased choice for consumers of hearing aids. The findings of the report serve to open the market for new innovation in hearing device technologies and also increase choice for consumers of hearing aids. HLAA looks forward to engaging all stakeholders to ensure everything possible is being done to put the recommendations of the report into action. Your donation is an important part of HLAA’s work in support of consumer choice. Please CLICK on the following link for details: Donation

Important News! Historic Changes Coming For Access to Hearing Aid Compatible Wireless Phones

Please CLICK on the following link to learn more: Important News

HLAA Strongly Supports Recommendations of PCAST Report "Aging America & Hearing Loss: Imperative of Improved Hearing Technologies"

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), the nation’s leading organization representing people with hearing loss, enthusiastically endorses a new report issued by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). Please CLICK on the following link to read the details: PCAST Report

Hone Your Listening Skills With The LACE Program (Software)

Even people with normal hearing can have poor listening skills and miss portions of what is being said. For people with hearing loss—even those with hearing aids or cochlear implants—understanding speech in difficult listening environments can be a real challenge. The good news is your brain can be retrained to listen. Please CLICK on the following link to learn more: Hone Your Listening Skills

A Cure For Hearing Loss and Tinnitus Is Within Our Grasp

Please CLICK on the following link to read up on the recent work carried out by the Hearing Health Foundation: Curing Hearing Loss

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