WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11

“Accessibility at The Ringling: Making the Most of Your Visit”

LUNCH AND LEARN AT 11:45 AM – MEETING BEGINS AT NOON       

NOTE: TEMPORARY VENUE CHANGE

Center for Arts & Humanities,1226 N. Tamiami Trail (just north of Van Wezel)

Dr. Vicki Moore of The Hearing Spa will present:

“Updates in Hearing Aid Accessories & When Hearing Aids Are No Longer Enough: Assistive Devices to Help You During Your Daily Activities”.

Speaker: Erin Carter, Museum Educator and Training Specialist at The Ringling Museum

Come to this meeting, and bring snowbird friends with hearing loss, too, to learn about maximizing your next visit to The Ringling. Our January speaker, Erin Carter, holds a master’s degree in art history from the University of South Florida. Previously, she was an instructor of art history at Full Sail University and ran the volunteer program at the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Garden in Winter Park, Florida. Currently, her work at The Ringling involves training 120 docent volunteers to give tours of the various venues across campus. She also oversees the museum’s accessibility programs.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8

“What’s New at Cochlear Americas: CIs, BAHAs, and More” 

This program will give HLAS Chapter members and guests information about their rights and responsibilities for effective communication during healthcare encounters; how to use available tools to help support effective communication at each step of the way, and what to do when the inevitable snafus occur.

Flo and Valerie’s presentation will be filled with examples of healthcare setting communication failures, successes, and plenty of humorous situations. The key is to “plan ahead” with an effective CAP (communication access plan).

Valerie first became aware of HLAS in 2008 when she started working for the Florida Coordinating Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (FCCDHH). Valerie has had a diverse HLAA/HLAS experience: first as a Chapter member, then as a Board of Trustees member at the Chapter and later the national level, and finally as HLAA’s Director of Chapter Development.

Flo was a good friend of HLAA founder, Rocky Stone, and has been involved with the organization for more than 30 years, serving as Chapter president for seven years.


If you attend the April HLAS Chapter meeting, you will receive information to help you plan and carry out an effective CAP (communication access plan) BEFORE you go to the hospital or doctor’s office. 

LOCATION:

North Sarasota Library Meeting Room

2801 Newtown Blvd, Sarasota

Don’t forget, program starts at 11 AM!

LUNCH AND LEARN WITH THE HLAA SARASOTA/MANATEE

Meeting is supported with hearing loop and CART.