after hours

THE AFTER HOURS MEETING of HLAA – SARASOTA/MANATEE 

“After Hours” is the evening chapter meeting for members and guests who are unable to attend during the day. Of course, all members and guests are welcome!  By the way, cheese, snacks and products of Napa and Sonoma are served!

NEXT AFTER HOURS – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, AT 6:00 PM

After Hours, our social networking meeting format featuring an expert speaker, has been expanded to five evenings for 2019.

The Chapter even threw in a raffle drawing, which caused much excitement. One ticket for $5.00 and five ‘prizes’: 3 pairs of SILL tickets (which will be repeated at Happy Hour on Feb.15), 2 Shanghai Van Wezel tickets and a 50/50.

The March 20 program titled, “How Wireless Accessories Can Enhance Your Hearing in All Sorts of Hard-to-Hear Situations” will bring us all the high-tech available to enhance our lifestyle. Connect Hearing of Sarasota will present the program. 

 5:30 PM Meet & Greet Open Wine Bar

 6:00 PM Meeting with Expert Speaker

 

Center for Arts & Humanities

1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

                                  Join us – the room is looped and CART, too!

 

The January After Hours had an overflow house and it was a terrific meeting.

The speaker, Joseph Hudson, was very engaging and emotional about hearing loss as his son was born with a microtia ear. He was well-received and answered many questions.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, at 6:00 PM

“After Hours”, which has been expanded to five evenings for 2019, is our social networking meeting format featuring an expert speaker. These sessions are open to anyone in the community seeking to improve their hearing or looking to learn how to support a loved one with hearing loss. The meetings also offer mentors and community resource information. A complimentary wine and finger food bar adds to the social time to mingle and learn before and after the evening’s guest speaker.

ALL MEETINGS ARE LOOPED AND CART CAPTIONING IS PROVIDED.

Our speakers will be announced shortly on Facebook (please join at
https://www.facebook.com/Hearing.Loss.Association.of.Sarasota/ and by e-mail blast. To join our mailing list, contact info@hlas.org.

JOIN US AT THE FIRST “AFTER HOURS” OF THE NEW YEAR JANUARY 16 AT 6:00 PM

After Hours meets at the Center for Arts & Humanities
1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

AFTER HOURS MEETING RECAP

“After Hours” is the evening chapter meeting for members and guests who are unable to attend during the day. Of course, all members and guests are welcome!  Next year’s schedule will appear in the December Listen!Up.

Our speaker in October was Elissa Moran, Outreach Manager for Florida Telecommunications Relay (FTRI), who spoke about the latest FREE technology offered by FTRI to Florida residents. See https://www.ftri.org for more information.

Elissa explained that the FTRI statute, the Telecommunications Access System Act of 1991, also known as TASA was passed in 1992 and has never been updated. Elissa had been the Director of the State of Maine’s Telecommunication Relay Service and talked about what could be done with updated legislation as occurs in many states.

This failure has created challenges for FTRI service to seniors and those with hearing loss, as the technology they can address is limited.

Automatic speech recognition was a topic resulting in much discussion and that led

into current FCC rulemaking. Cable companies are taking a position that their phones are not “phones” and they need not contribute to the phone tax fund that provides for captioning on phones such as CaptionCall and CapTel. The captioning is not free and is charged at $1.96 a minute (why we put captions OFF when we are on hold). An adverse ruling could detrimentally affect our free phone captioning.

Members commented on HLAA’s efforts on this issue. HLAA states: “HLAA and several national consumer organizations, as well as research organizations, filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding IP CTS (Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Services). HLAA spearheaded these efforts because we know how important IP CTS is to many of you.”

The comment period ended October 16, but you can link to https://www.hearingloss.org/hlaa-files-comments-with-fcc-regarding-ip-cts/ for more information on this.  Also, see the Listen!Up story below in Loud and Clear.

Join us – the room is looped and CART, too!